Nissan will bring a Toyota GT86 rival at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 24, 2013

At the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan will display two sports cars. One is a crazy concept while the second one is more realistic and is closer to a production car. This second model is expected to rival the Toyota GT86 but instead of being an entirely new concept, it appears that its styling is inspired by a car from Nissan’s past.

Nissan wouldn’t say what this model is but would only state that it 'not a Z car'. The Esflow seen at the 2011 Tokyo motor show was the last sports car concept revealed by Nissan. The automaker wants to measure the reaction for the new concept. If it does well, it’s likely to have a production version. It’s believed that this production car will be equipped with the 197bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged engine from the Nissan Juke Nismo.

According to Guillaume Cartier, Nissan’s senior vice president for sales and marketing, the company is attempting to “build Nismo's identity in Europe.” He added that nothing must be done to dilute the brand and that Nismo must be credible. What this means is that a Micra or Note Nismo wont’ be available in Europe but that it could be offered in Japan since the brand is more established there.

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