Here we have another head turning concept car from Nissan at the 2014 Paris Motor Show – the Nissan Pulsar Nismo Concept. Essentially an aggressively kitted up version derived from the Nissan Pulsar – an European C-Segment hatch, the Pulsar Nismo is keen to take the fight against the well established VW Golf GTI, Renault Megane, Ford Focus ST and what have you.
It’s unclear what engine Nismo – Nissan’s performance and motorsports-oriented arm – will put into the car, but sources say that a heavily tuned 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit nestles underneath the Satin Grey bonnet, one that makes between 250 hp to 275 hp. That’s a lot of power coming from a 1.6-litre mill, and an even more impressive fact is how close the numbers are to that of the turbocharged 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine found in the Civic Type R Concept!
The Concept’s bodywork features Nismo’s trademark red-accented Layered Double-Wing which is designed to improve aerodynamic performance. The front bumper gets an enlarged, optimised air intakes and brake-cooling inlets. Side skirts are more pronouncedly cut, ride height lowered, while the rear bumper features a diffuser-style design, complemented with a pair of centralised twin exhaust pipes.
Other elements include a bespoke carbon fibre rear spoiler, side skirts and flared wheel arches. The hatch sits on 19-inch five-arm alloy wheels shod with 235/35 R19 series tyres.
Inside, the Pulsar Nismo Concept gets race-inspired theme with a red coloured tachometer, deeper and more sculpted sports seats wrapped with Alcantara as well as a sportier three-spoke steering wheel.
So what do you think of Nismo’s latest concept? Does the whole package seem a tad too far-fetched, or do you think Nismo has gotten most of it right to earn the Pulsar a spot under the Nurburgring limelight?