Bonkers Nissan Juke-R Morphs Into Version 2.0
600hp “Sport Cross” Takes Running Gear From R35 GT-R
Now in its fifth year, Nissan is celebrating the genre-busting Juke crossover with an all-new iteration of its Godzilla-esque Juke-R variant. The concept, which first saw the light of day in 2011, took the running gear and electronics of the GT-R supercar and married them with the frog-wearing-a-backpack bodywork of the Juke. Well, if you haven’t been paying attention, the GT-R has been upgraded significantly in the four years since, so with that, it’s time for a new Juke-R as well.
The original made 485 hp, the same as a GT-R of the same vintage, while the most recent Juke-R made 545 hp. However, the Juke-R 2.0 gets substantially more (600 hp total), courtesy of the 3.8L twin-turbocharged V-6 from the GT-R NISMO. That vehicle also donates its transmission and all-wheel-drive running gear. We’d guess, conservatively, that the end result will be a Nissan-branded crossover that’ll spring from a standstill to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds.
Other updates to the Juke-R 2.0 come from the standard Juke, which was slightly revised for the 2015 model year. New head- and taillights and a new hood are shared with the grocery-getter, as are the front fenders. The front and rear fenders get carbon-fiber fender flares to cover the massive wheels (using the newer GT-R’s design), and repositioned bare carbon engine cooling ducts in the hood provide better airflow than those in the previous Juke-R. Bespoke front and rear bumpers, made entirely from carbon, provide better airflow and aerodynamics, along with a freshened, unique appearance.
Inside, the Juke-R 2.0 has been transformed into a two-seater race car. Nissan claims no change was made relative to the previous Juke-R, but that vehicle had completely redesigned floorpans and a relocated firewall, so don’t expect showroom stock from this beast. Heady race chairs keep the lucky driver firmly stationed in place.
The company will unveil the Juke-R 2.0 at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in England later today. Nissan GT Academy graduate and 24 Hours of LeMans competitor Jann Mardenborough will give the nuclear frog a thorough shakedown on all three days of the event, offering attendees the privilege of watching the Juke-R take on the Goodwood Hillclimb.
The previous Juke-R had an extremely limited production run in some markets. Here’s hoping the Juke-R 2.0 will enjoy the same fate—and may America be one of those markets this time.