Nissan Juke NISMO, First Look: 2012 Paris Motor Show

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Tweaked from its original version, the Nissan Juke NISMO is more of an appearance package than a serious performance variant.

Despite that, the car offers some interesting variations on the fun-to-drive small crossover. NISMO did tinker with the engine a bit to offer about 10 hp more than the normal model for 197 and 184 lb-ft of torque, but the real changes are mostly skin deep.

With a revised interior wrapped in lots of black suede and red stitching as well as NISMO badges and special sport seats characterize the interior. Red mirror caps and accent lines of the same color run along the side skirts. A revised front fascia including a more aggressive front spoiler help set the car apart further while a split rear spoiler increases downforce, though the idea of going fast enough to enjoy any benefits is hard to imagine.

Regardless, the car will be available first in Europe early next year before heading to Japan and then the U.S.

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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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