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Nissan Ariya receives Nismo treatment for 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon

Could this electric crossover wow enthusiasts?

Welcome to the new era of Nismo road cars. PHOTO FROM NISSAN

Nissan came in swinging for this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon with customized vehicles from the manufacturer and its college students. On the Nismo side, the GT-R, the Fairlady Z, and the Skyline variants took center stage to welcome a new family member of the performance brand in the form of an electric crossover.

Imagine being gapped by this rear end. PHOTOS FROM NISSAN

The Nissan Ariya is the latest model tuned by Nismo. It is the motorsport division’s first road-going full-electric project after teasing a proof of concept with the Leaf Nismo RC, fettling with the Note e-Power and competing in Formula E for six years.

The Ariya Nismo will come in two flavors of e-4orce four-wheel-drive power. The B6 carries a 66kWh battery pack that outputs 362hp and 560Nm, while the B9 bumps it up to 91kWh, pushing the figures to 429hp and 600Nm.

Twenty inches might sound overkill, but it's right at home for a midsize crossover. PHOTOS FROM NISSAN

The Ariya Nismo gets a slight increase in total length to 4,650mm thanks to its aerodynamic parts on the front lip, the rear wing, and the rear diffuser. Its total weight is roughly the same as the standard models: 2,080kg for the B6 and up to 2,220kg for the B9.

Its 20-inch wheels, designed by Enkei, are wrapped in 255/45-series Michelin Pilot Sport EV tires. As for the interior, its dashboard and seats are laced with race-inspired Alcantara leather and added redness in the accents and the stitches.

Not much variety in colors compared to the standard model. PHOTOS FROM NISSAN

The new Nissan Ariya Nismo is set to hit the Japanese market by spring 2024 with no price confirmed at the moment. Plans to release its flagship performance EV in other continents—like North America and Europe—will likely happen soon to fight against the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX.

Justin Young

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