Could Nissan Put a 600HP Juke-R Into Production?
Answer: Anyone who loves a mad CUV should hope so desperately, but cross your fingers just in case. Back in 2012, Nissan shocked the world when it sliced open its sporty Juke crossover and crammed in the 3.8-liter powertrain and running gear from a GT-R. The result was a 485 horsepower, all-wheel-drive, compact family hauler concept car that could put the world’s most exotic supercars to shame. And according to Nissan, it’s coming back. The brand has hinted it will debut an even nuttier iteration, a Nissan Juke R Nismo (pictured below), which will take to the iconic hill climb course at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month. Whether that grand revival will foreshadow a production run of said Juke-R Nismos has yet to be confirmed… but we can hope, and history indicates it might. RELATED: See More Photos of the Original Nissan Juke-R Concept Car
Nissan first began its intel drip-feed on the original Juke-R concept back in 2011. A pair of Juke-R concept cars were built – one right and one left-hand-drive – and they made their debut in Dubai, January 2012. At first, Nissan insisted these “super crossovers” were definitely not-for-production models, but after a number of sizable, genuine cash offers barraged the production team… Nissan eventually gave the green light for a limited production run.
Those subsequent cars got even crazier, now sporting 545 horsepower, capable of leaping to 60 mph in under three seconds, and able to notch a top speed of 170 mph. All this in a compact crossover. The starting price was however stratospheric to say the least – €500,000 (around $564,000 at today’s rates).
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Admittedly, the Juke-R confirmed for Goodwood leaves more questions than answers. However, the ‘Nismo’ name addition likely suggests the new Juke-R will swallow all 600 horsepower of the current GT-R Nismo, as well as additional performance parts the company offers.
If history repeats itself (and enough people throw piles money at Nissan), there could be another limited run of Juke-R Nismos in the works. In the meantime, we'll have to wait with bated breath until June 25 when Nissan pulls the covers off its hardcore Juke.
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