The production version of the Nissan Leaf Nismo is set to go on sale in Japan on July 31, several months after it was first presented in concept form back in October 2017.

On the exterior, the Leaf Nismo is identified by its aero kit that is said to improve downforce without causing increased drag. Items include a new front bumper with a lower splitter, side skirting and a more pronounced diffuser for the rear. Elsewhere, you’ll also find a more prominent rear fog light, Nismo emblems, darkened headlamps and black side mirrors. Nine body colours are available.

The interior adopts a sportier look too, with an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, a gunmetal finish for the electronic shifter, dedicated instrument gauges, carbon-like trim, more Nismo badging and plenty of red accents (air-con vents, seats and start-stop switch).

It isn’t just the aesthetics that are improved, as the Leaf Nismo comes with a set of 18-inch wheels wrapped with Continental ContiSportContact 5 tyres and custom settings for the electric power steering, suspension, brakes, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Intelligent Trace Control, ABS and tuning computer. That last bit is said to provide the car with more responsive acceleration.

No word on whether the Leaf Nismo gets more power but it is likely to retain the 110kW (148 hp) and 320 Nm electric motor the normal Leaf, powered by the same 40kWh battery pack.