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Nissan Confirms Juke R Performance Specs

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On: Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 1:30PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Confirms Juke R Performance Specs

A Juke R body with the soul of a GT-R sports coupe--that's the recipe for the much publicized Juke R crossover that executives at Nissan weren't too fond of until it became the darling of the auto media. Despite its bulky body, we knew that a 485-bhp powertrain wouldn't be for naught. Nissan has released the specs for its "supercar crossover concept," and they look every bit as good as we expected.

According to Nissan's UK test numbers, the Juke R can hit 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. That's a little slower than the Hennessey Jeep Grand Cherokee HPE800, but given that the Juke has some 315 less horses, it's pretty close. The Juke R tops out at 160 mph.

The standard Juke 4WD M-CVT takes 8.4 seconds to get to 62 mph and tops out at 124 mph.

Two Juke R models--one left-hand and one right-hand--were built over a 22-week period. The models were built by motorsports outfit RML with input from the Nissan Technical Centre Europe. In addition to the GT-R's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, the Juke R underwent an extensive upgrading program that incorporated an aerodynamic body kit, GT-R suspension, a roll cage and GT-R controls.

Despite reports that Nissan's European team essentially went rogue and commissioned the Juke R without the blessing of Nissan's top Japanese execs, we think that everyone at Nissan should be happy about the Juke R at this point. According to the automaker's press release, its behind-the-scenes Juke R video series has gotten 2.2 million hits on YouTube. The extreme concept also helped to whet the public's appetite for a hardcore Juke, a role that could be fulfilled by Juke Nismo concept, which is likely to make it to production.



Stephy21 | 9:41AM (Wed, Jan 11, 2012)

Glad to see that they are releasing performance specs and considering the Juke R for production.

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