Renaultsport and Nismo planning to share powertrains

Article by Christian A., on March 12, 2013

Powertrains will soon be shared by Renault and Nissan's sporting operations, according to Renault's product boss Tom Lane. At the Geneva Motor Show, Lane told Autocar that both Renaultsport and Nismo have aggressive growth programs that are both proceeding. However, Lane said that these two companies, which are alliance partners, will do what they can to reduce the costs of the development of new cars.

Lane believes that in the future, there will be further opportunities for Renaultsport and Nismo to build synergies. He added that it’s very expensive to embark on powertrain development and that there’s no way around the fact that the sales volumes of Renaultsport and Nismo are both comparatively modest.

This is why he thinks that they may soon share powertrains. As an example, he cited that there is no reason for each division to separately develop their own 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Very recently, the Nissan Juke Nismo was released and was highly praised. Meanwhile, the tuning capability of Renaultsport cannot be argued with.

Customers in Europe who have long been waiting for the Nismo are sure to be excited with the reveal that Nissan will be officially launching in this continent the Nissan Juke Nismo. This model, according to Nissan, will be the first in a wide selection of road cars to come. Nissan Executive Vice President for Global Product Planning Andy Palmer said that the Nismo is all about making everyone excited and at the same reveal the innovation the brand is known for.

The choice to use the Juke as the first model is apt, he added, as this is Nissan’s most successful and well received compact crossover. Palmer commented that it exudes an attitude that has many customers in Europe putting their sights to it. In addition, he continued, it was the most obvious choice given that the team wanted to show their expertise when it comes to engineering, design, and personalization.

With a design that is clearly inspired from those on the track, the addition of the improved performance and the better handling plus that distinct motorsport DNA brings a new element to the already many qualities of this pioneering compact crossover. Powering the new Juke Nismo is the turbocharged direct-injection 1.6-liter engine petrol-powered engine. For those not familiar with this engine, all you need to do is look at the Nissan DeltaWing and see just how successful this engine was.

Given that Nissan is making available a chassis that has been redesigned and is even offering a bespoke aerodynamics package, customers are sure to have a driving experience that’s truly on a different level. There will be two versions for the Juke Nismo with the first being the front-wheel-drive paired to a manual six-speed transmission.

The second meanwhile is the all-wheel drive having CVT and coupled to the manual seven-speed version. Both versions will have an interior, clearly inspired by motorsport, fitted with the latest technology.

Topics: renault, nismo

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