Currently, the SR trim is meant to be the performance-oriented option, with a stiffer suspension, but no power bump. The Nismo Maxima would likely get a version of the current 3.5-liter V6, tuned to generate more than the current 300-horsepower output.
There is also the possibility of the 3.7-liter V6 used in many Infiniti vehicles. According to the report, executives warn bringing over the engine from the luxury brand would require some re-engineering, as the 3.7-liter was designed for Infiniti’s rear-wheel drive platforms—not a front-wheel drive car like the Maxima.
The loose interpretation of performance vehicle is a game more accustomed to BMW M or Mercedes-Benz/AMG. For a FWD sedan, the Maxima is quite composed in hard cornering, and could even be described as “fun to drive,” but sportscar it is not. It is disappointing to see Nissan has started to follow the playbook of the Germans when it comes to pimping out their performance brands. No word on pricing or availability yet, but with the Platinum trim currently fetching around $40,000, expect the ill-conceived Nismo version to cost around $45,000.