The Canadian unit of the Japanese automaker has just unveiled the new 2016 Micra Cupe special edition that has taken cues from the racecar bearing the same moniker.
The special series Cup model comes with no technical alterations and all the operated modifications simply serves as an image booster. We have body graphics linking it to the track-only namesake model, eight-spoke, 15-inch alloy wheels in race-car style and Olivier Bédard, the reigning champion in the Nissan Micra Cup competition has also signed the individually numbered plaque fitted to each Micra Cup. Nissan Canada has said deliveries will kick off this spring and 250 units have been prepared to keep it a more exclusive option – with pricing being considered still, though we imagine it will sit above the regular, base Micra that retails for CAD $9,998 – about 7,000 US dollars.
The motorsport Micra Cup has the same 109-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine as the road-going Cup edition, but it has been enhanced with better brakes, modified suspension and a race-derived exhaust system. Of course, the track-only version comes with a plain cabin stripped of all amenities to save weight and equipped with racing bucket seats with five-point harnesses and a full roll cage. The 2016 Micra Cup season is set to begin on May 14-15 with the first two races taking place at the Calabogie Motorsports Park and will round up between September 23-25 with races No. 15 and 16 featuring the Circuit Mont-Tremblant.