Nissan's performance arm Nismo has created a tuned version of the Leaf – but the model is unlikely to make it to Europe.

Nismo previewed the Nissan Leaf Nismo at the recent Tokyo Auto Salon, and Nismo chief Shoichi Miyatani told Autocar that the model would be going into production in Japan this summer.

The Nismo upgrades to the Leaf include an aerodynamic body kit with styling influenced by the electric Leaf RC racer, new alloys and interior tweaks, but no extra power or performance for the all-electric drivetrain.

Miyatani said the firm would gauge reaction to the model in Japan before committing to a European launch, but added the small volumes would make it hard to justify.

Miyatani also spoke of the future of the Leaf RC race car, which was first revealed at the New York motor show in 2011. The model had been destined for a one-make race series, but Miyatani admitted this was now unlikely.