Sometimes the best part of waking up is reading the interesting news that was released overnight from Japan.
Today; on the day President Obama will speechify us on the latest plan to combat "Global Climate Change"; it was the exciting news that the fine folks at Nissan's performance department, Nismo, discovered that the thing most missing from green cars was excitement.
We shouldn't get too excited here as they didn't give us the Nismo Leaf seen on Autoblog.
But they did give us some body and performance equipment to take some of the dull off of what is undeniably one of the top ten dullest cars I've ever seen.
First come the standard front and rear lip kits.
Followed by side skirts and a rear wing.
Nismo then ups the ante from the SL trim levels 17" wheels to these stunning 18" aluminium wheels that share the technology "developed in the GT500 class of SUPER GT"
While the Nismo "upgrades" includes the expected "look I'm faster because I have Nismo floor mats and carbon pillar "garnish" mirror covers"...
They also include the unexpected items like a suspension upgrade for more nimble steering around the esses in your local grocery parking lot.
And most incredibly the Nismo upgrades include the mysterious "Sports Resetting". While the translation was rough, and Nismo didn't give any specifics, the did mention "it is possible to enjoy sports driving more". So I feel its safe to assume they remapped the vehicle control modules torque/horse power curves to give better acceleration at the cost of range.
Now I'm not expecting these things to show up at your local SCCA autocross or solo event it will be interesting to see if the boys at TRD fire back with a STANCED Prius.
All of this hotness does come at a price. If you include the water beading anti-glare blue mirrors the Nismo Performance Package will cost you an estimated $11,292 on top of the $21-27,00 sticker price.
That's almost $39,000 for a less Eco Eco car! Sounds insane to me, but how about you?