The Nissan Ariya Nismo is a sporty crossover with 430 horsepower only in Japan

The Nissan Ariya Nismo is a sporty crossover with 430 horsepower only in Japan

Nissan has injected the exhilarating Ariya with go-fast goodies and handling upgrades.

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It’s time for the Toyco Auto Salon. Like the SEMA Show in the United States, the Tokyo Auto Show serves as a great space for aftermarket and traditional automakers to showcase their hot projects that are more exciting than the standard fare. This year, Nissan showed off the hottest Ariya, and it seems to go beyond the standard price tag of visual improvements alone.

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Nissan Ariya Nismo with 430 horsepower

The Nissan Ariya NISMO is the most powerful Ariya available and includes a host of performance upgrades to make driving even sharper. However, it will not be sold outside Japan.

To create the Ariya Nismo, Nissan started with the standard two-wheel-drive AWD Ariya e-4ORCE engine, then introduced a host of visual and mechanical improvements to make the car more attractive. The 20-inch aluminum wheels are “extremely solid” and are wrapped in special tires specific to this car. Nissan says that alongside unspecified chassis improvements, the Ariya NISMO’s operation has been significantly improved. The Ariya Nismo’s aggressive styling also helps – the ground effects kit and rear spoiler contribute to less drag, but more downforce at higher speeds, something Nissan says also improves the Ariya’s cornering performance.

The Ariya Nismo’s credentials go beyond racy styling or handling upgrades. Nissan has also reworked the electric car’s powertrain, so that its peak output is now 10% higher. For Japan, the Ariya Nismo will come in two versions: NISMO B6 e-4ORCE and NISMO B9 e-4ORCE. The B6 model comes with a smaller 66-kilowatt-hour battery pack that produces 362 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The B9 model gets a larger 91-kilowatt-hour battery, and its two motors produce 430 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. No official performance numbers have been released, but we expect the B9 to beat the 0-60 acceleration by about 5 seconds of the standard Ariya. At the very least, it should be more enjoyable to drive, as Nissan has added a special NISMO mode that sharpens throttle response, while providing a Formula E-inspired engine soundtrack to make the car sound even more dynamic.

These all seem like great changes to make an otherwise uninteresting crossover exciting. But there’s one big problem: Nissan has no plans to market it outside Japan. Our sister site Motor 1 received a statement from Nissan: “This is a very exciting time in Nissan’s electrification journey in our region and we are constantly looking forward to ensure we deliver the best products and experiences to our customers. For now, the vehicle will only be available in the Japanese market. We have no further announcements at This stage is regarding introducing this car to other markets.

This is really the problem. The Ariya is a good electric car, but when it comes to driving excitement, it certainly doesn’t offer anything at all. Which is annoying, considering that this Ariya could have the chops to take on legitimate sports crossovers – last year a lowered Ariya prototype was spotted driving around the Nürburgring. If this Nürburgring power is successfully transferred to the Ariya NISMO, it could pose a real threat to electric vehicles like the Tesla Model Y Performance, Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, Kia EV6 GT, or the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5 N. It’s really a shame that Nissan won’t sell it outside of Japan.

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