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New Nissan Max-Out concept previews future electric sports car

The Nissan Max-Out convertible EV is a physical version of the digital concept first shown in 2021

Nissan has moved a step closer to introducing a pure-electric sports car by building a physical version of the Max-Out concept that it revealed in digital form back in 2021.

The Max-Out is a two-seat convertible with complex 3D-effect texturing in its headlights, tail-lights and wheel covers. The cabin features a pair of outlandish seats and a central screen that dominates the area where a normal fascia would be.

Nissan says the car will provide a “liberating sense of openness” and that despite a set of pedals, and the installation of an unusual steering wheel, it has been designed to offer “a new driving experience with stability and comfort, tight handling and limited body roll”.

The concept’s original appearance, in digital form, was as part of a group of visionary vehicles that also included the Chill-Out – said to preview a crossover replacement for the current Leaf EV – and a pick-up called Surf-Out.

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Nissan sources have declined to comment on the production potential for the Max-Out. The firm is said to be preparing an all-electric successor to the existing GT-R supercar, and it also sells the more affordable Z coupe sports car outside of Europe. But the Japanese brand is showing the physical concept at its headquarters in Japan, as part of an event to showcase how it is “shaping the future of sustainable mobility and innovative design”.

The fact that the Max-Out was originally shown under the banner ‘Nissan Ambition 2030’ also buys Nissan several years in which to build any production car inspired by it; that means that it could feature next-gen electric motors and potentially even forthcoming solid-state battery technology.

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John started journalism reporting on motorsport – specifically rallying, which he had followed avidly since he was a boy. After a stint as editor of weekly motorsport bible Autosport, he moved across to testing road cars. He’s now been reviewing cars and writing news stories about them for almost 20 years.

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