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The new Nissan Micra is a ten-second car
Facelifted Micra has arrived in the UK. It will do some things in ten seconds
Welcome Americans! Good to see we’ve got your attention. Now let us begin by saying the Nissan Micra – this car you have no interest in whatsoever, which is small enough to fit in the cupholder of your truck – is not a ten-second car. Not even close. Sorry.
No, our claim doesn’t relate to the Micra’s quarter-mile time, but its 0-62mph time when fitted with a new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine. Said engine, which makes 117bhp (17 more horsepower than the next most powerful engine) is on sale now as part of the Micra’s mid-life facelift. So equipped, 0-62mph happens in 9.9 seconds. 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 marginally more focussed suspension and a tad more power is most welcome.
Elsewhere for the facelift the 90bhp engine has been ditched in favour of a 100bhp one, there’s a new CVT auto box and some new trims.
Now, stop mucking around and give us a proper Micra Nismo, please.