Nissan appears to be in the process of developing a performance-focused iteration of its Ariya electric compact crossover, which may eventually bear the Ariya Nismo moniker.
A prototype of the Ariya, featuring enhancements typically associated with Nissan’s high-performance Nismo line, was recently observed undergoing tests at the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany.
Overview of Nissan Ariya
The noticeable modifications on the prototype include distinct front and rear fascias, an added front lip spoiler, side skirts, as well as a rear spoiler and diffuser. Additionally, the vehicle has been fitted with upgraded braking systems and Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
The test vehicle was seen on the track alongside a standard version of the Ariya and a Kia EV6 GT, which is a performance-oriented variant of the Ariya’s competitor from Kia, equipped with an impressive 576 horsepower.
Potential Specifications for 2025 Nissan Ariya Nismo – Photo Credit: Baldauf
At this point, it remains uncertain whether the Ariya prototype comes with any increase in power or torque, though such enhancements are conventional in Nismo variants. For context, the recently unveiled 2024 Z Nismo has an extra 20 horsepower and 34 pound-feet of torque compared to the standard Z model.
Currently, the most powerful version of the Ariya is the e-4orce dual-motor all-wheel-drive variant, boasting 389 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.
The Ariya Nismo, if it comes to fruition, would not be Nissan’s inaugural Nismo-branded electric vehicle. Several years ago, the company introduced a Leaf Nismo to the market.
The forthcoming Ariya variant is expected to be officially introduced next year and will likely be marketed as a 2025 model in the United States.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Nissan Ariya Nismo
What is the Nissan Ariya Nismo prototype?
The Nissan Ariya Nismo prototype is a performance-oriented version of the existing Nissan Ariya electric compact crossover. This prototype was recently observed undergoing tests at the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany and features various enhancements that are typically associated with Nissan’s high-performance Nismo line.
Where was the Ariya Nismo prototype spotted for testing?
The Ariya Nismo prototype was spotted at the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany, a venue commonly used for testing high-performance vehicles.
What are the visible upgrades on the Ariya Nismo prototype?
The Ariya Nismo prototype features distinct front and rear fascias, a front lip spoiler, side skirts, and a rear spoiler and diffuser. The vehicle has also been equipped with upgraded brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
Is the Ariya Nismo prototype more powerful than the standard Ariya?
It remains uncertain whether the Ariya Nismo prototype has any increase in power or torque compared to the standard Ariya. However, Nismo models generally feature enhanced power or torque outputs. The standard Ariya e-4orce dual-motor all-wheel-drive variant currently offers 389 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.
When is the Ariya Nismo expected to be released?
The performance-oriented Ariya variant is expected to be officially introduced next year and will likely be marketed as a 2025 model in the United States.
Is this Nissan’s first Nismo-branded electric vehicle?
No, this would not be Nissan’s first Nismo-branded electric vehicle. A few years ago, Nissan introduced a Leaf Nismo to the market.
How does the Ariya Nismo prototype compare to its competitors?
The prototype was seen testing alongside a Kia EV6 GT, which is a performance-oriented variant of the Ariya’s competitor from Kia. The Kia EV6 GT is equipped with 576 horsepower, but it remains to be seen how the Ariya Nismo will compare in terms of performance specifications.
More about Nissan Ariya Nismo
- Nissan Official Site: Ariya Overview
- Nismo Official Site
- Nürburgring Official Site
- Michelin Pilot Sport Tires
- Kia EV6 GT Official Site
- 2024 Nissan Z Nismo Features
- Nissan Leaf Nismo Overview