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Nissan Micra 160SR

The K12, unveiled in late 2002 with an improved 1.2 (CR12DE) and 1.4 (CR14DE) engine, recently spawned the coupé convertible model called the C+C. It was designed at the new London-based Nissan Design Europe studio, developed at the Nissan Technical Centre Europe at Cranfield, Bedfordshire and built, as with its predecesor, at the Sunderland plant. The electric folding glass roof is made by the internationally renowned coachworks Karmann and has a 2+2 seating layout. The car is powered by an 1.4 or 1.6 L engine.

In Japan, as Toyota did for the Toyota bB/Scion xB, Nissan had their own version called the Cube (Z11), using the same B platform as the K12, whom is jointly co-engineered with owner Renault.

There is a performance model called the 160SR, a direct competitor to the MINI Cooper, Ford Fiesta Zetec-S and the Citroën C2 GT, with a 1.6 L HR16DE engine, giving 113 PS (83 kW/111 hp) and uprated sports suspension.

Autech, a Nissan-owned company, recently unveiled alternative models called the Bolero and the Rafeet. The Bolero, like previous K11 counterpart has the usual retro front end and the Rafeet has a more modern approach, resembling a Mini in the process, with either a black or white leather interior, whereas the Bolero has a classic partial wood panelling and exclusive seating.

While Nissan Europe has the 160SR, in Japan the 5-door only March is available with the 12SR and 15SR-A versions, the first one with a tuned 1.2 L CR12DE engine giving 110 PS (81 kW/108 hp). It is equipped with an exclusive HKS exhaust and has a set of 15x6 wheels on a 185/55R15 81V Bridgestone RE-01R tires.

In 2003, Nissan UK, inspired by the Andros Trophy K11, unveiled the Micra-R, a one off mid-engined K12. Shown at the Geneva Motor Show without running gear and engine, being only a display car, it was later given the go-ahead and Nissan commissioned Ray Mallock Ltd to insert a mid mounted BTCC-derived Primera QG20DE engine for show and press demonstration purposes. In 2005, Nissan UK decided to replace the Primera engine with a VG35DE from a 350Z with a modified Altima SE-R gearbox for user-friendliness on the road. This model was baptized 350SR, although it was not offered for sale. Other modifications to this car include a vented rear arch and a set of Rays Engineering wheels. To date, they have no plans to put this model into production.

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