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Nissan Juke R: GT-R-Inspired Small Crossover

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On: Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 12:31PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Juke R: GT-R-Inspired Small Crossover

The worst news we've heard today: Nissan built a hardcore, sport version of the awkward Juke crossover. The best news we've heard today: "the car is not for production." The Juke R is merely a concept that Nissan designed to test the public reaction to a sported-out Juke.

While the sporty body kit and rear spoiler make the Juke look way more odd (something we didn't necessarily believe was possible), the one thing we can't argue with is the massive power upgrade. The Juke R trades its 188-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder for a 530-hp twin-turbo V-6 popped out from under the hood of the GT-R. I'm not sure if a crossover ever really needed Godzilla power, but it sure is a beefy upgrade.

The GT-R-inspired upgrading doesn't stop with the engine, either. The Juke R borrows a seven-inch display, gauges and dials from Godzilla. It also gets twin race seats with five-point harnesses.

On the outside, the Juke is outfitted with a drastic body kit that includes a split rear spoiler, a new bumper, side sills, and broadened fenders. The car also gets a roll cage and 20-inch forged alloy wheels.

The Juke R is being built by English sports/race car outfit RML with input from the Nissan Technology Center for Europe. Both left- and right-hand versions of the concept will be built. Nissan plans to show them to gauge public opinion. So, while it says the car will never be built, it is clearly thinking about developing a sportier Juke.

As Nissan says: "Juke lends itself perfectly to a sports derivative and Juke-R explores that territory."


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