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Nissan Unveils The Juke R

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On: Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 10:23AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Unveils The Juke R

Nissan previously said of the Juke R: "the car is not for production." After seeing the live pictures, we're more happy about that fact than ever. The emphasized reflections of the original rendering helped to obscure some of this thing's pure unadulterated fugitude. It's a pretty rough stretch of highway that looks way too busy for a small crossover.

After a serious teasing campaign about its development, the Juke R was unveiled in a somewhat of a surprise move in Spain. The Juke R was tacked onto the unveiling of the Qashqai, a Euro-market crossover.

As we previously reported, the Juke R is a kitted-out Juke crossover with a GT-R's heart and soul. That leaves us with a virile hot hatch with twin-turbo V-6 engine and traction control system manning the ships. A pretty odd-looking body kit dominates the exterior with wavy side sills, huge rear wing, and big, ol' fenders, among other things. The Juke R also gets Brembo brakes and 20-inch alloy wheels.

The Juke R also borrows heavily from the GT-R inside, with a touchscreen interface and GT-R dials.

As Nissan's statement of non-production intentions indicates, the Juke R is just a concept. It was built for Nissan by the U.K.'s Ray Mallock Limited (RML) with input from Nissan's European technology center. Nissan will test both versions of the Juke R (left- and right-hand models) and may develop a toned-down production version if the public responds favorably. Any potential production version is sure to feature a more modest non-GT-R powertrain.

We'd be shocked if the Juke R wasn't featured prominently on the Nissan podium in Tokyo and/or SEMA, so we're likely to see more of it in the very near future.


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