A test mule of the Nissan Pulsar NISMO has been spied inside-out. The Pulsar NISMO concept had its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in September last year and is expected to go on sale at the end of this year or early next year. These spyshots, courtesy of fresh-imports.com, are the very first images of what could be the Pulsar NISMO’s production prototype.
The less dramatic production prototype reveals several changes such as, revised V-shaped upper grille, modified airdam, front bumper, fog lamp housing and fog lamps, new alloy wheels and modified rear bumper and exhaust. The test mule loses out many of the concept’s visual and aerodynamic features.
The red Brembo brake calipers still remain though. Its 11-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza R5 050A tubeless tyres in 235/35 R19 specification. This same tyre is also seen in the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy. The centre-mounted twin-exhaust pipes from the concept have been replaced by a single exhaust pipe routed to the left side of the car.
The interior features the same sports seats from the concept, but finished completely in shades of black. However Mini Cooper-type steering wheel from the concept has been replaced by a standard steering wheel. The high performance variant appears to feature a 6-speed manual gearbox and also the NissanConnect infotainment system, both picked out from the standard model’s inventory.
The concept version features the same 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder from the standard model but with power output upgraded to 250 hp. It will compete with the Renault Megane R.S and the VW Golf GTI. An even more powerful NISMO RS model to take on the Renault Megane R.S. 275 Trophy maybe considered. However, a track-focused version is not likely to be offered like its close rival.
Nissan Pulsar NISMO – Image Gallery [Spy Shots]
[Image Source: fresh-imports.com]