2011 Tokyo Motor Show: 2012 Nissan Juke Nismo
Nissan Shows a Nismo-Tuned Juke Crossover
Thankfully though, for those of us who actually like to drive cars, Ghosn had some good news on that front as well, unveiling the Nissan Juke Nismo Concept. The Nismoed-up Juke is serving as the showcase for what Ghosn outlined as the future of the Nismo brand, which is moving to a brand new facility in Tsurumi, Yokohama prefecture, where it will ramping up its Nismo-branded passenger cars as well as continuing and expanding its highly successful motorsports programs. Nissan also had a Nismoized concept version of the Leaf spinning on its show stand.
Will the bonkers Nissan Juke-R ever make it to showrooms? It seems a bit unlikely, but Nissan has unveiled something else that should appeal to Juke fans: a Nismo-tuned Juke concept car for the Tokyo Motor Show.
Nissan's Nismo tuning house has made its name tuning racecars, and this year was no different, with the Japanese team scoring wins in Japanese Super GT, FIA GT-1, and 24 Hours of Le Mans racing series. But the brand has also fettled with Nissan's more pedestrian products, like the 370Z. After its success in 2011, Nismo made the decision to expand the brand.
Its first project is the Nismo Juke concept car, which will show at this week's Tokyo Motor Show in Japan. Like its distant relative the Juke-R concept, it wears a sportier exterior with a lower stance, more flared wheel arches, and a full aero kit with a lower front valance, side skirts, and a rear diffuser.
Nissan hasn't released any specifications about the car yet, so it's unclear if the 1.6-liter turbo-direct-injected engine has received any tuning, but seeing as the naturally aspirated Nismo 370Z has 18 more horsepower than its stock counterpart, we wouldn't be surprised if the Nismo Juke is a bit quicker than its standard sibling as well.
It's also unclear if this pumped-up model will ever make it to showroom floors. Again, like the Juke-R, Nissan says that it will consider production plans if the public responds to it well. So if you're in the Tokyo area, do us a favor: go look at the car and put in a good word.