For those of you who follow my personal schedule with intense focus, you may recall that this past weekend I was a judge at the 24 Hours of Lemons race at Carolina Motorsports Park. I’ll have more on that soon, as it was a blast, but now I’d like to show you a surprise treat that showed up at the race. It’s the more athletic sibling of my own Nissan Pao, a Nissan March Super Turbo! This is based on the same Micra K10 platform as my Pao, which I drove down to the event, so seeing these two side to side was a truly unexpected gift.
They’re dressed very differently, but I promise you that under the skin, they share the same bones. You can see a few details like the common indicator repeater lamp on the fender and the wheelbase, and if you peek inside, things like the pedal assembly and overall interior dimensions, but overall it’s remarkable how much differentiation Nissan managed from these two cars.
Under the hood, which is bounded by those wonderfully bonkers black aero strake-things, things get even more different. The MA09 engine is still tiny – in fact, at 930cc, somehow tinier than the 987cc version in the Pao – but it’s both turbo- and supercharged, and makes an astounding 110 hp! Think about that! Way more than 100/liter from some crazy tiny hatchback! And it still weighs under 1700 pounds!
It’s over double the horsepower of the Pao! I bet this thing is an absolute monster to drive. I love it. Has anyone crammed this engine into a Pao? Oh man. I’d be dead or in jail. I’d better stick to 52 hp.