Nissan Micra Nismo revealed

26 Jun, 2013 11:20am Jonathan Burn

Nissan gives Micra the Nismo treatment, but it won't be coming to the UK

Following hot on the heels of the Nissan Juke Nismo, Nissan has launched another pumped-up version of one of its most successful models. The Nissan Micra Nismo follows a familiar formula of beefed-up bodywork and marginally more power, but will only be made available in Japan.

A spokeswoman for Nissan revealed that although the Micra Nismo will not be made available in the UK, Nissan are currently working on a range of Nismo models specifically designed and engineered for the European market. So far we've seen the Juke Nismo and 370Z Nismo, but there's more to come. 

Two Nismo variants of the Micra (called the March in Japan) will be available. The base model will be fitted with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine currently available in the Micra, which will be mated to an XTRONIC CVT gearbox. The performance orientated Nismo S, equipped with a specifically tuned 1.5-litre petrol engine and coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission will have a 37bhp advantage over the base model upping total power to 114bhp and will feature enhanced body rigidity.

Both models will be fitted with Nismo-developed aero parts such as front and rear diffuser, rear spoiler, red door mirrors, side sills and Nismo badging.

Inside, custom sports seats draped in suede and leather as well as the sports steering wheel and custom red stitching signify this as the Nismo model. Stiffer suspension and special Yamaha performance dampers complete the transition from standard car to Nismo model, too.

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This would actually have been a Micra I would like to have seen in the UK. A tuned 1.5 litre engine and Yamaha dampers make the NISMO sound quite appealing.

No matter what you do to it. It's still a Nissan Micra.... old persons car IMO. No appeal at all to younger generation.

I quite like it. Shame it can't match the swift on power would make an interesting rival if the chassis was truly tuned for fun. Shame they didnt squeeze a bit more power out of their supercharged engine. 120-130bhp shouldnt be out of the question and reckon would be more interesting along the lines of Ford's ecoboost

Older people are more likely to want a reliable car, like a Nissan. What pile of junk do you drive? Have you got some kind of monopoly on good sense because you're young. I doubt it.

I think this sounds like fun and I suspect Nissan are making a mistake not offering it in the UK.

Wow, Keyboard warrior really?!? I drive a Golf GTI and I am more than happy with that thank you. Feel free to get off your high horse at any point.

"The performance orientated Nismo" "114bhp"... Not really sure they go together