So, did we get your attention? Allow us, then, to begin by saying that the Nissan Micra is not a 10-second car. Not even close. Sorry.
No, our claim doesn’t relate to the Micra’s quarter-mile time, but its 0-100kph time when fitted with a new 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. Said engine, which makes 117hp (17hp more than the next most powerful engine) is on sale now as part of the Micra’s midlife facelift. With this motor, 0-100kph happens in 9.9sec. That’s an improvement of one whole second over the next-fastest engine.
You also get a ‘performance-oriented’ six-speed manual transmission, 10mm lower suspension with special tuning, and sharper steering. Nissan calls it a “warm hatch” and we reckon that’s stretching things a bit. Tepid, maybe. Or room temperature. Either way, the Micra is a decent-handling little car, anyway, so this combo of marginally more focused suspension and a tad more power is most welcome.
Elsewhere for the facelift, the 90hp engine has been ditched in favor of a 100hp one, and there’s a new CVT and some new trims.
Now, stop mucking around and give us a proper Micra Nismo, please.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.