25 Jun '13, 8pm

Nismo offering Japanese Nissan Leaf owners more range, better performance

Maybe we're seeing the beginning of the horsepower wars that will happen all over again in the BEV arena. It's clear you make a compromise between all out acceleration and maximum efficiency/range. In the ICE world, that resulted in a giant swing into 400 hp touring sedans that got 15-18 mpg (http://www.fuelly.com/car/bmw/m5) and an almost unspeakable resurgence of musclecars in a down economy with record gas prices. It's clear to me that where the 500e (and Zero S motorcycle) are biased for easy control, low tire wear, and maximum efficiency, the Spark EV engineers got a different memo. Not that their car won't do a great economy cycle, but it is much faster to 60, likely making it the more fun choice during a magazine review or a test drive. As a sports car fan, I'd definitely appreciate the ability to brush off an Abarth with a 500e, even if I have to let him go after t...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2013/06/25/nismo-offering-japan...

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