Nissan makes a super Juke
"The concept produced 480 horsepower, but the production version actually gets a significant increase up to 545."
Nissan is putting its Juke-R concept vehicle into production following a strong positive reaction from consumers after the concept debuted in Dubai in January 2011.
The Juke-R won’t be a mass-produced model, though. Nissan currently only has three orders for the vehicle, and the automaker says more Juke-Rs will be built as they’re requested. The first three cars will reach their new owners in late summer 2012.
The crossover has the body of the Juke, but gets numerous upgrades to enhance its performance prowess, including the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine adopted from Nissan’s GT-R supercar. The vehicle had to essentially be built around the engine, as the standard Juke holds a much smaller 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine.
The concept produced 480 horsepower, but the production version actually gets a significant increase up to 545. Nissan says this is due to the concept being based on the 2010 GT-R, and the production Juke-R getting the drivetrain and chassis from the 2012 model year GT-R. Top speed, meanwhile, is 257 km/h (160 mph).
Gareth Dunsmore, Marketing Product Manager for the Juke, said the original was “intended as a one-off concept to marry two of Nissan’s most innovative models. But the reaction we had to the car in Dubai was amazing - people were making offers for the original on the street!”
The interest was generated by a short film called Desert Nemesis, in which a Juke-R (driven by the Lucas Ordonez, the winner of Nissan’s inaugural GT Academy) takes on three supercars in a street pursuit race. The film can be seen at facebook.com/NissanJukeOfficial.
“With such a strong reaction, and with three genuine offers on the table, we decided we had to make the car a reality. We can’t let down enthusiasts who are this keen to add to their collection of cars,” Dunsmore added.
Nissan claims that two of the Juke-R offers have come from “a high-profile and well-respected member of Dubai society.”
Although no price for the vehicle has been set, some rumours have it pegged at $600,000.
Anyone wishing to register an interest in purchasing a Juke-R can sign up by e-mail at Juke-R@Nissan.co.uk.
- Price range: Rumoured $600,000
- Year/Make/Model: Nissan Juke-R
- EnerGuide fuel economy ratings: Est. 13.4 city; 9.6 hwy
- Warranty (powertrain): n/a
- Competitors: none.
- Warranty (basic): n/a