A few months back, we reported Nissan's in-house tuning shop, Nissan Motorsports (Nismo) was planning to heighten its profile outside Japan. It's been doing so over the course of 2005, launching the Nismo Frontier pickup in the US and showing off its R-tune 350Z show car at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Now, it's adding new evidence in its case for aftermarket performance-parts cred among Nissan owners and the cars they sweat, with two new showcase vehicles.
An R-tune Altima 2.5 S, including cold-air intake, 18" bronze wheels, suspension mods, rear spoiler, shocks and springs, header, cat-back exhaust, high-performance cams and other cosmetics, and an S-tune spec'd SE, which 18" aluminum-alloy wheels mounting and similar suspension and body mods — just about everything but the engine work. The cars will be featured at this year's SEMA show in November and other auto shows to be announced.