Nissan Pulsar Nismo Concept Debuts in Paris 2014 Auto Show!

Nissan Pulsar Nismo Concept

Nissan’s plan to expand its sporty Nismo brand is well underway, and the latest vehicle to wear a Nismo badge is one not sold in the U.S., the Nissan Pulsar. The Pulsar Nismo concept debuted in Paris as a design study, but we hear a production model could be in the works.

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The Pulsar Nismo concept gets flared fenders and a more aggressive-looking “Double-Wing” front valance with characteristic red accents on the front lip and side skirts.

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In back, you’ll find a diffuser-style rear bumper, a center-mounted dual exhaust, and carbon fiber rear spoiler. The hatch is finished in satin gray, and rides on 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 235/35R19 tires. Nissan says it used airflow analysis to design the body and improve aerodynamics. Inside, the Pulsar Nismo gets Alcantara-trimmed sport seats, a three-spoke sports steering wheel, alloy pedals, and a red tachometer.

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The concept has been lowered from the standard Pulsar’s ride height, and features unique spring and damper settings. Steering has also been modified for more direct response. Nissan says more details will be announced later, but Auto Express learned a few more juicy bits of info from the Paris show floor. The U.K. publication says a production version will get a 1.6-liter turbo-four producing 247 hp, with a Nismo RS variant to follow with 275 hp. That places the hatchback squarely in Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen GTI territory, but as the Pulsar isn’t sold here, don’t expect to see a C-segment hot hatch option from Nissan in the U.S. anytime soon. Nissan did, however, unveil a Note Nismo earlier this year, so there’s still hope that we could get at least one Nissan hot hatch.

Avril Lavigne Shaves Her Head in Paris

In case you were staying up all night wondering, the answer is yes—Avril Lavigne is still edgy, angsty and she’s shaving her head to make sure we never forget it!

The 27-year-old singer was spotted with buzzed tresses and a look of utter desolation as she made the rounds this week in the City of Light…

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She also brought a leather jacket and punk rock tee to finish off her Parisian rebel look.

Maybe Avril’s just acting out after that rumor that she might land a spot as a judge on X Factor turned out to go nowhere fast.

After all, given how much Britney makes from the U.S. version of that gig, the Canadian songstress may have been able to afford a whole lot of luxury—or, at least, a decent haircut. Better luck next time, babe!