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  Nissan Micra R

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Country of origin:Japan
Produced in:2003
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFrom bonnet to boot the R is unlike any Nissan Micra ever produced. For a start you won't be able to lift the lid on its remarkable performance by looking under the bonnet; all you'll see is a radiator and fuel tank. And you won't be able to carry anything on the back seats or in the boot because that's where a 265 bhp fully race-prepared engine sits.

While maintaining the distinct shape and friendly persona of the standard Micra, the R has the squat stance and purposeful poise of a sporting thoroughbred along with performance that matches its looks. There's a 0-60 mph time of under five seconds and a top speed in excess of 150 mph.

Inside, the stripped racing car-style cockpit features sculpted Sabelt racing seats, five-point safety harnesses and the kind of touches you'd expect in any competition car such as a visible engine Electronic Control Unit, prominent fire extinguisher and hi-tech digital dash display. But this is no Sunday fun car. It might be strictly a one-off, designed and built with performance driving in mind, but it can be everyday transport too.

With the engine now sitting where the rear seats and fuel tank are usually located, RML has used all its experience to make the Micra R into a reliable and viable every day machine. To cool the engine, a radiator from an Almera 2.2 dCi has been slotted beneath the bonnet and cleverly the engineers have used the now redundant exhaust tunnels beneath the body to fit cooling ducts. Integrated with a touring car style aerodynamic 'splitter' at the front these ducts ensure that the engine can be fed with more than enough cool air to keep it performing at its peak.

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