Nissan Ariya Nismo is gaining more power in Japan

Nissan Ariya Nismo is gaining more power in Japan

  • The Nissan Ariya electric SUV has just received the NISMO version.
  • It gains exclusive styling inside and out, retuned chassis dynamics, and increased peak output of the electric motors.
  • Nissan says the more powerful version will launch in the spring in Japan, and will hopefully make its way stateside soon after.

The Nissan Ariya is actually a more compelling choice than its predecessor, the LEAF. It has a livable driving range and a shockingly attractive interior, but what Nissan’s new electric SUV is missing is the fun factor. However, that may change with the just-revealed Ariya NISMO set to launch in Japan.

Nissan Ariya Nismo

April

The Ariya NISMO is based on the brand’s e-4ORCE model, which adds a second electric motor to the rear axle to give it all-wheel drive and some extra power. From the looks of things, there will be two variants, although the specifications have not been finalized or announced yet. The base model is called the B6 and makes 362 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, which it derives from a 66.0 kWh battery pack. The more powerful B9 model produces 429 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque from a larger 91.0 kWh battery.

Nissan Ariya Nismo

April

We know the power hits the pavement via a set of 20-inch wheels, but we don’t have details on how quick the Nismo version will be just yet. In our testing of a 2023 Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE Platinum+ all-wheel drive, we managed a 5.0-second sprint to 60 mph. Adequate, sure, but not exciting. Hopefully the 40 horsepower bump will help bring that number to something more impressive.

The engineers at the NISMO team worked to adjust the power delivery to improve acceleration and the feeling of excitement when driving the car. To that end, Nissan has added a new NISMO driving mode, which the manufacturer says is all about responsiveness. There’s also the option of added sounds from the Sport model that “evoke Formula E racing,” according to the manufacturer. Additional tuning of the chassis components should help make the Ariya more adept on back roads.

Nissan Ariya Nismo

April

The interior and exterior of the Ariya NISMO have been modified to fit the name. Distinctive red accents appear along the lower part of the car, while the interior is finished in black and red and equipped with more massive sport buckets up front.

The new flagship Ariya is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in the spring. Car and driver I reached out to Nissan to inquire about possible availability in the United States but did not receive any response.

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Jack Fitzgerald’s love of cars stems from his unwavering addiction to Formula 1.
After a short stint as a detailer for a local dealership group in college, he realized he needed a more sustainable way to drive all the new cars he couldn’t afford and decided to pursue a career in automotive writing. By shadowing his professors at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he was able to travel to Wisconsin in search of automotive stories before landing his dream job in Car and driver. His new goal is to delay the inevitable demise of his 2010 Volkswagen Golf.

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