It only takes a quick look at the Juke-R to realize Nissan’s expertise in unusual performance cars most of us will never drive. For those who cant justify shelling out more than half-a-million, there’s the Juke NISMO.
The Juke is a small crossover built with fun first in mind. After a trip to the NISMO clinic, it comes out looking cooler, more athletic and distinctly different than its pre-tuned version. Headed for sale in Europe early next year and then Japan, Juke product specialist Laurent Lamotte said U.S. sales will follow shortly thereafter.
It’s true. The Juke and Juke-R are hardly even in the same gene pool. In fact, comparing them would be like putting Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito side by side in matching suits and calling them brothers…
Imaginative Hollywood scripts aside, there’s really no point in comparing the Juke-R to anything. On the other hand, there is between the plain-jane Juke and NISMO. It’s not hard to tell them apart either.
First, the crossover gets heavily revised exterior styling. includes NISMO badging, special paint and red accents running around the body kit and on the mirror caps. The car also gets special 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile tires.
Photos of the car’s exterior were available months ago, but Nissan unveiled the crossover’s interior for the first time in Paris.
Generously wrapped in dark suede, the cockpit takes on a premium, sporty feel thanks to well-bolstered NISMO seats accented with red stitching that continues through the interior.
NISMO also tuned the car for a mild power increase, boosting it about 10 hp to just over 197 hp with 184 lb-ft of torque.
Offered in either two- or four-wheel drive configurations, the car is car reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.8 seconds and 8.2 seconds respectively.
GALLERY: Nissan Juke NISMO