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Nissan turns over a sportier Leaf

2010-12-23 14:34

100% SPORTY: Nissan prepares to present its vision of a sports electic vehicle.

The Tokyo auto show slides into a new slot in 2011, and Nissan will be celebrating its home show with nine models, including a new Leaf concept.

Nissan and its partners Autech Japan and Nismo will show off a range of cars on its stand said to be inspired by the Super GT Japanese racing series.

One of the show highlights promises to be a the all-electric, zero-emission Leaf Aero Style concept that is fitted with an aerodynamic body kit to “express an image of futuristic sport EV driving”.

Nismo will be using the stage to present a new production race car, based on the Nissan GT-R. The Nissan Nismo GT-R RC was specially developed for circuit racing and complies to FIA standards which will allow it to compete in racing series around the world.

The GT-R RC (or “Racing Competition”) will be officially unveiled at the Tokyo show.

TWEAKED Z

NISMO TREATMENT: The petite Nissan Fairlady, better known in South Africa as the 370Z, gets a treat from the in-house tuners.

Another notch in the Nismo belt is the unveiling of its take on the Fairlady Z, known here as the 370Z.

Engine output on this model has been increased to 261kW while the cars dynamic appeal is said to have been bumped up with a retuned suspension, tweaked power steering characteristics and special bodywork for better aerodynamic performance.

The 2011 Tokyo auto show will be held from January 14 to 16.
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