At the recent Paris Motor Show the Japanese based motor manufacturers; Nissan Motor Company revealed that they had given the brand new Nissan Pulsar hot hatchback the Nismo treatment. Although Nissan claim that it is only a design study currently it is expected that it will be a complete production model in the near future as earlier this week the VW Golf GTI rivalling Nissan Pulsar Nismo was pictured at the Nurburgring on an official photoshoot.
The Nismo treatment has given the standard Pulsar a serious injection of sporting character. It now features a much more aggressive body kit which offers some outstanding features such as the layered double wing at the front which is typical for a Nismo design, and red detailing along with bigger air intakes, cooling vents for the brakes and flared wheel arches, which are all topped off by a darkened chrome trim and slate grey colour. As well as the aesthetically pleasing aspects it also offers a carbon-fibre spoiler, diffuser-styled bumper and twin central exhaust pipers with a lower ride height feature and 19inch five spoke alloys.
In the interior the sporty look is continued with deep sculpted sports seats which are trimmed in Alcantra. It also features a new three-spoke steering wheel and stylish alloy pedals. Tuning to the chassis will also see a limited-slip differential which will tame the power as well as revised spring and damper setting which will make the car more agile. Nissan also noted that they have heavily modified the Nismo models steering to offer a more direct and involving response.
All these features are fantastic but it has to be backed up by an impressive engine if it wants to get anywhere near competing with the VW Golf GTI. So what’s under the bonnet? Well Nissan have been hard at work trying to extract as much power as possible, and in doing so they have managed to squeeze 247bhp out of the 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbo engine. It is also however expected that there will be a Nismo RS at a later date which is rumoured to have a potential 275bhp!
Although it’s still early days, we’re expecting to see the first Nissan Pulsar Nismo’s on the road in 2015.