Nissan Juke NISMO Moves From Fun to Fierce-Looking

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

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

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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  • T Horton T Horton on Oct 01, 2012

    This car is going to come down to price. The Juke is a cool idea, but if Nissan asks some ridiculous markup for what amonts to a less-than-snazzy makeup job I'll go to a dealership just to laugh in their faces. If not, it could be kind of cool, though I feel like you'll look like a giant douche bag driving in that thing every day...

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