This could turn out like AMG and just be silly with no real performance ................ Just lots of extra money for the dealer and Nissan.
The idea is what is an AMG C-230 ??????????????
A fake badge or a fake factory car ??
The idea behind nismo's expansion program is that while in the past nismo was a sub-brand of NISSAN mostly with aftermarket performance parts here and there, offering different programs in different garage's and shops.
They want to transform it into the official performance arm that will offer complete cars (like the nismo GT-R and Z - and add more existing / future models in its lineup) but also offer its performance parts available globally through all NISSAN dealers.
Of course you will see along the nismo GT-R (with the GT3 model turbochargers and optional N-Attack pack), possibly a nismo Qashqai with few teaks and slightly increased power like BMW offers with the M Performance packs on its X3/X4. This isn't necessarily bad.
Also the move with the starting of production of original parts for older models (beginning with the R32 GT-R and later on with other odels as well), gives the option to owners, tuners, collectors to take cars and make them new again with original parts, giving value to the classic JDM sports cars that wrote history.
I think nismo made the best move with this expansion. Other manufacturers/performance divisions Like Honda/Mugen, Toyota/TRD-GRMN, Mitsubishi/Raliart, Mazda/Mazdaspeed, Subaru/STI, are ages back on this....
Edited by Mike_Pap, 30 April 2017 - 01:51 PM.