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.

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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!

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The Concept’s bodywork features Nismo’s trademark red-accented Layered Double-Wing which is designed to improve aerodynamic performanceThe 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.

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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?

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Matthew H. Tong
A straightforward, fun-loving guy who appreciates the superficiality of a car's appeal, but his admiration for anything on four wheels gives him no reason to neglect the makings of a car. He still believes that fun comes with three pedals and a stick.