Sporty Note Nismo features an upgraded powertrain and new bodywork and will go on sale this autumn, but it won't be coming to the UK

Nissan has revealed a sporty Nismo-badged version of the new Note, although the model won't be coming to the UK.

Set to go on sale in the Japanese market in the autumn, the Note Nismo comes with an upgraded powertrain package, although Nissan hasn't released any performance details so far.

The car's tyres, suspension and bodywork are also upgraded, with a new grille seen here alongside special front and rear bumpers, side sills and a roof spoiler.

The Note Nismo also comes with custom sports seats inside, while Recaro sports seats are optional. Two grades of the car will be available, the standard Note Nismo and the Nismo S.

Describing the two models, Nissan says the Note Nismo "caters to customers who enjoy spirited driving, but who also regard fuel efficiency as an important motoring factor," while the Nismo S "is to appease the pure high-performance neeeds of the sports driver, the person who wants to experience the fruits of Nismo's motorsports heritage."

Nismo product specialist Hiroshi Tamura said: "The development concept of this model was to build a car that makes you want to keep driving, no matter where your destination may be."

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24 July 2014
re-engineer it into a proper small MPV, not the half way house that is has become. I've spoken to a few ex-Note owners who are disappointed with the direction that this car has taken.

24 July 2014
Almost all the Japanese manufacturers pulled out of the sport or sporty segments almost as if it was declared sin to build and enjoy fun cars. I'm so glad to see Japanese car makers returning to the power segments of the bread and butter cars. Not everyone wants to be seen in the ageing Golf/Polo GTI or their S3/FR cousins. Japanese car makers return to the fun segment is great news for car enthusiasts. I - for one - am all for choice and at the end of the day who would be mentally deficient enough to spurn a reliable fast car.

25 July 2014
It's the one Note I'd consider buying, especially if it looked a little less racey

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25 July 2014
... not the UK?! The Note suits the Nismo visual tweaks far better than the Juke. Armed with that cars drivetrain and it'd be ideal for a B-road blast, mates transport and school run all in one package. I think it looks great in Nismo trim. Shrub is right though, both current Note owners I know are not keen on the new direction - it's no longer a small funky stretched box that suits Gran and Ikea simultaneously.

29 July 2014
I suspect its because the Pulsar will be coming to the UK. A Nismo Pulsar to rival the Golf GTi and Ford Focus, especially with the heritage the Pulsar name has, will be far better suited than the merely average Note.

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