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Nissan IMx Concept Is Quicker Than GT-R – On Batteries

Electric supercar also gets 373 miles per charge.

by on Oct.25, 2017

Nissan's IMx Concept makes its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. The electric vehicle concept has a range of 373 miles on a charge.

If the launch of the second-generation Nissan Leaf didn’t convince you that driving a battery-electric vehicle can be fun, the automaker is determined to change your mind with the new IMx concept it unveil today at the biennial Tokyo Motor Show.

The Nissan IMx concept smoothly churns out a hefty 516 pound-feet of torque, about 10% more than the automaker’s gasoline-powered supercar, the GT-R. And it hits maximum torque the moment the motors turn on, something that should translate into a neck-snapping launch. Oh, and if you’re still suffering from range anxiety, the Japanese automaker claims the IMx can deliver 373 miles per charge, or roughly 25% more than a Tesla Model S P100d.

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“The IMx zero-emission crossover concept vehicle embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” said Daniele Schillaci, the automaker’s executive vice president for global marketing and sales, zero-emission vehicles and the battery business, as he walked the audience at Tokyo’s Big Sight convention center through the features of the electric rocket. (more…)

First Look: Nissan Juke-R

Dubbed the “ultimate compact crossover,” Super Juke gets a GT-R powertrain.

by on Oct.07, 2011

Nissan will squeeze a GT-R drivetrain into a heavily modified Juke.

Practical? Check.  Affordable? Check.  High-performance? We’ll get back to you.

While the little Nissan Juke crossover might be reasonably peppy in its modest class it’s not exactly a supercar.  Well, not until the automaker decided to see what would happen if it tried to squeeze the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 found in the GT-R under the hood of the Juke.

Now, says the Japanese maker, it has created the “ultimate compact crossover,” a concept it is calling the Nissan Juke-R

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Though final figures aren’t available for Nissan’s “Super Juke,” expect something short of the stock 2012 GT-R’s 530 horsepower and 448 lb-ft of torque.  More likely, the pony count will be capped at 480, which is still a significant bump up from the 188 hp and 177 lb-ft made by the crossover’s stock 1.8-liter inline-four.

That’s expected to let the Juke R top 60 in under four seconds and hit a peak 170 mph – which would exceed the numbers of a Porsche Boxster.


First Look: Nissan Ellure Concept

The face of the future for the Japanese maker?

by on Nov.17, 2010

The Nissan Ellure concept's design cues will likely reappear, design chief Nakamura says, on the maker's next-generation sedan family.

The face of the future or just a fantasy in chrome?  That’s the question Nissan left unanswered following its Wednesday news conference at the L.A. Auto Show.

The strikingly distinctive four-door Ellure was one of three debuts on the Japanese maker’s stand.  But where the 2011 Quest and Murano CrossCabriolet will be rolling into showrooms in the months to come, U.S. Chief Executive Carlos Tavares insisted the Nissan Ellure is “a pure concept.”

Well, maybe, maybe not, he conceded when pressed by  Go ask Nissan chief designer Shiro Nakamura, the CEO suggested.

The Nissan Ellure is Nakamura’s latest pet project, and with those of the past, the diminutive stylist has found a distinctive balance between traditional Japanese design forms – particularly noticeable in the headlights – as well as both retro and futuristic elements.

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The overall look reveals a new “super-sculpted” design language distinguished by the Nissan Ellure’s broad shoulders and slightly down-swept character line.  One of the heritage elements is the use of rear “suicide” doors.

“Some of the design cues” will clearly reappear, Nakamura acknowledged, clearly pleased by the attention his new concept generated during the Nissan news conference.