The Car Lovers Guide To Japan, The Nissan Gallery, Nishi Yokohama

There is a Nissan Leaf RC in the Nissan Gallery identical, except in the paint job, to the one we looked at in the Ginza Nissan Crossing.

RC stands for Race Competition and under the bodywork, it is actually a pretty sophisticated race car with carbon tub and what appears to be a carbon chassis. The suspension is unequal length A-arm with pushrods.

The Nismo Leaf RC has twin 160 hp motors at each end of the car giving a fun 320 total hp. The production Leaf battery pack and inverters are used.  I wish Nissan made a production version of this car with the same styling cues.  It might actually sell!

There are some vintage Nissans on display at the Nissan Gallery as well.  Here we see a 1973 KPGC110 Kenmeri GT-R.  This represents the second generation of the older GT-R’s.

The Kenmeri is powered by a  2 liter S20 DOHC inline 6 featuring triple 40mm Mikuni Solex carbs pumping out 160 hp which was a lot for the time. If this doesn’t seem like much, a 5 liter V-8 Mustang of the same year put out only 140 hp in a much bigger and heavier car! The Kenmeri featured a 5-speed manual transmission.  No automatic transmission was offered.

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  1. We visit our family in Yokohama every year, and stop by the gallery every time. The display cars rotate frequently and I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the Heritage gallery where most of the display cars are housed. Highly recommend the Nissan engine museum as well for anyone visiting Yokohama. It’s also free and worth the trip. Thanks for sharing!

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