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More Realistic Tuned Juke: Juke Nismo Concept

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On: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 9:13AM | By: Chris Weiss

More Realistic Tuned Juke: Juke Nismo Concept

As interesting as we found the general idea of the Juke R concept, we knew it wasn't meant to be. Mostly because Nissan said so, but also because common sense dictated that such a wild, nonsensical car really had no market future.

Just because a 530-hp GT-R-in-a-Juke-package isn't meant to be doesn't mean that there isn't room for a high-performance Juke of some kind. Nissan debuted a more realistic iteration of Juke tunage at the 2012 Tokyo Motor Show.

The Juke Nismo Concept is every bit as multi-colored sexy as the Fiat 500 Abarth--and that's from a guy that finds the overall styling of the Juke itself abysmal. The red accents set against white body help draw my attention away from that weird, ungainly face and make me appreciate the quirky Juke for the first time ever.

No twin-turbo V-6 in this concept, but Nismo (Nissan's tuning arm) does tinker with the standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder for an unspecified performance enhancement. Nismo also tunes the suspension and adds 19-inch alloy wheels.

In addition to the flashy cosmetic upgrades, Nismo adds some aerodynamic body enhancements, including new bumpers, fenders and side sills. Inside, the tuner tweaks the steering wheel, shifter, pedals and other driver interface components for a new look and feel.

Overall, this concept looks about as hot and powerful as we could possibly expect a real-world Juke to look. There's no word on production yet, but unlike the Juke R, we feel the Juke Nismo has a pretty good chance.



Stephy21 | 9:28AM (Tue, Dec 6, 2011)

I personally love the Juke R i think Nissan gave this car a new look and fresh styling. I hope they do make more models of this car.

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