Nismo is the sub-brand synonymous with all things Nissan and high-performance. And that dynamic epithet has now come to the brand’s EV offerings, with an enhanced version of the Ariya.
As part of Nissan’s presence at the 2024 Tokyo Auto Show, the Ariya Nismo is proof that Nissan sees value in EVs targeting its enthusiast customers.
Nissan’s latest Nismo development is differentiated by a more dynamic body kit, with red graphic detailing. There is red piping along the front splitter, rear diffuser, and rocker panels. A ‘Nismo’ badge also takes pride of place in the middle of the sportier Ariya’s front splitter. The red detailing theme is repeated inside Ariya’s cabin, with scarlet contrast stitching on the steering wheel rim and red pattern detailing on the door panels.
Rolling on Nismo-specific 20-inch wheels, wrapped with 255/45 specification tyres, Nissan promises that its more driver-focused Ariya will provide an engaging driving experience. The ‘R’ rated tyres might offer a touch more rolling resistance, reducing range, but they will enhance cornering grip.
To best harness the potential of its performance, Nissan’s more dynamic Ariya derivatives are all-wheel drive.
Making the most of its superior tyre specification and all-wheel drive traction, the Ariya Nismo has a ‘Nismo’ driving mode. This selectable function hastens the throttle response – while acoustics engineers at Nissan have created an optional artificial soundtrack for the car, too, sampling Formula E noises.
Powering Nissan’s more potent Ariyas is a choice of two battery packs linked to dual-electric motor configurations. There’s a 270kW version, drawing energy from a 66kWh battery pack, which should provide a good balance of performance and range – although Nissan has not yet confirmed real-world figures.
Nissan’s more potent Ariya Nismo has a much larger 91kWh battery pack, delivering 320kW, which should provide performance that is true to the Nismo moniker.