Tag - Nismo

Driven: 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO

2014 370Z NISMO, we hardly knew ye. Just last year, we were touting your revised underbody spoilers, wheels and rear wing, and now as we ring in the 2015 model year, Nissan has quietly ushered in a new 370Z NISMO with revised underbody spoilers, wheels, and a rear wing. My, how things change. Still, whether you’re discussing MY13, 14 or 15, the car beneath the body kit remains the same burly, 350-horsepower 2-seater with a stick and rear-wheel drive. The stuff S:S:L dreams are made of, no? Read on to find out…

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Road Tested: 2013 Nissan Juke NISMO


As I write this, what appears to be a black-construction-paper-interpretation of an origami tadpole sits in my driveway. Nissan calls it a crossover, but I’m inclined to disagree. It might be a dystopian interpretation of the future of the car, but I’d still call it a car nonetheless. The Juke is deceiving. I first saw one in England when I was living there, and having only seen it in pictures up until that point, I was somewhat shocked when I saw it in the metal. It’s small, this thing. It looks big in pictures, but it hardly casts a bigger shadow than a Golf or Impreza hatchback. It gives the impression of being tall by virtue of how short and narrow it is; at 164 inches, it’s shorter than a VW GTI by two inches and narrower by a couple tenths. Being only 4 inches taller than the GTI, it’s clear the design is meant to play visual tricks on passers-by.

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Speed:Sport:Life News: From the 2013 Chicago Auto Show – Day 1


Greetings, loyal readers! My name is Kasey Kagawa – some of you might remember me from a few years ago when I hosted the Speed:Sport:Life Radio news podcast – and now I have returned to once again bring you warmed-over news and half-witted commentary, just in this new, textual form that we shall call Speed:Sport:Life News. The 2013 Chicago Auto Show started today, and like all auto shows, there’s announcements with a little “A”, and Announcements. And so, we’ll start this off with the bits of fluff and bother that warrant little more than a brief mention.

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Nissan Reveals Juke Nismo Concept

Nissan has announced that they will be making the world debut of the Juke Nismo Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show later this week.  Though the press release from Nissan is mostly filled with fluff about driver experience and stuff that doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that the Juke Nismo concept features a fairly attractive body kit which Nissan says effectively reduces the amount of lift on the Juke without increasing drag to help improve traction. Nismo suspension bits have been added to stiffen the Juke and give it a more aggressive stance in  Wider Nismo 19″ wheels finish off the look while also giving the Juke a larger contact patch.  Nissan also mentions that the engine has been upgraded using Nismo specific parts but doesn’t go into any great depth about what parts are used or what the resulting power output is.

The Juke Nismo Concept looks pretty much ready to go for showrooms so we’d expect it to go on sale in the near future in some form or fashion.  You can also bet on a full line of Nismo aftermarket parts being made available to fit onto existing Juke models.    We have to say that the Juke has certainly grown on us over the last few months and that this Nismo Juke Concept looks pretty damn cool.  We hope to see them on the roads before too long.

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