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Nissan Confirms Plans to Put High-Performance Juke-R Into Limited Production

Jake Holmes
May 4, 2012
After showing off the prototype version for some time, Nissan has announced that it will put the Juke-R into production. The unique car is an amalgamation of the running gear from a Nissan GT-R and the body of a Nissan Juke crossover. Back in January, we called upon Nissan to consider building the Juke-R -- read Jonny Lieberman's blog right here.
Photo 2/17   |   Nissan Juke R Front End In Motion 2
Nissan has so far received three orders for a copy of the Nissan Juke-R, and is currently taking orders for more examples of the car. A month from now, production of the Juke-R will begin in limited numbers. The best news for customers, however, is that the production Juke-R models will get a performance boost. While the two prototypes built employed the mechanicals of the 2010 GT-R and extracted 485 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque from a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 engine, versions of the Juke-R destined for customers will use the running gear from the 2013 GT-R. The new car's engine has been upgraded to 545 hp and 463 lb-ft, which could make the Juke-R even quicker than the 3.7-second 0-to-62-mph time previously quoted.
Photo 3/17   |   Nissan Juke R Rear Three Quarter In Motion
Other modifications on the prototype Juke-R included widening the body by 5.7 inches, fitting the suspension from the Nissan GT-R, installing all-wheel drive, reinforcing the chassis and adding a roll cage, and bolting on sundry aerodynamic parts to help keep the car stable as it approaches its 160-mph top speed.
The Juke-R was originally conceived as a prototype that was first shown in Dubai last year, but Juke marketing manager Gareth Dunsmore said public response to the car was overwhelming.
Photo 4/17   |   Nissan Juke R Side 2
"People were making offers for the original on the street," he said in a statement. "With such a strong reaction, and with three genuine offers on the table, we decided we had to make the car a reality."
There's no word yet on pricing for the Juke-R, or in which markets it will be available, although Nissan notes that two of the three orders so far came from "a high-profile and well-respected member of Dubai society." The first three cars will be delivered to customers this summer. A Nissan spokesman in the U.S. said that at this point there are no solid plans for the Juke-R to be sold here; given the car was a special project developed in the U.K. by Nissan's European arm, we think North American availability is quite unlikely.
To celebrate the production debut of the Juke-R, Nissan also has released a new video showing the build-up to a street race between the car and a Lamborghini, a Ferrari, and a Mercedes-Benz in Dubai. Embedded below, Nissan says the clip "gives us the opportunity to see the Juke-R find its place among the world's elite at Dubai's International Marina Club. Nissan previously released a series of ten videos documenting the build process of the Juke-R prototype, culminating with a clip showing the car undergoing a shakedown test at a track in the U.K.
Photo 5/17   |   Nissan Juke R Cockpit.JPG
Source: Nissan



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