Watch out Ferrari – Nissan has announced a supercharged version of its Micra supermini.
Dubbed the DIG-S (Direct Injection Gasoline-Supercharger), the car uses a supercharged low-friction and lightweight 1.2-litre three-cylinder unit producing a useful 105lb ft of torque (pulling power) and 97bhp – a figure Nissan is claiming to be as much as a conventional 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine.
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The supercharged three-cylinder unit will give the car ‘sparkling performance, frugal economy and exceptionally low emissions’ according to Nissan, thanks to the new engines direct petrol injection.
The Micra DIG-S will deliver ultra-low CO2 emissions of only 95g/km for manual cars, rising to only 115g/km for cars equipped with the CVT (automatic) gearbox.
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Coupled to a claimed combined cycle fuel economy of 68.9mpg, the Micra DIG-S will be the most efficient petrol-powered compact hatchback in the UK.
Thanks to the supercharger, the Japanese carmaker believes the DIG-S will give instant throttle response and added power in conjunction with its headline emissions figures, whilst claiming the Micra DIG-S will achieve diesel-beating economy, petrol power and refinement following its ethos with the award-winning Nissan Leaf.
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Low running costs
As a result of the DIG-S’s frugality, running costs are guaranteed to be low. The manual cars that emit less than 100g/km of CO2 attract no annual car tax and are exempt from London’s daily congestion charge.
The Micra DIG-S will see its European debut this March at the Geneva Motor Show with cars set to go on sale over the summer. As yet, no prices have been released.
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