Nissan builds Juke-R concept vehicle

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Although opinions about cars usually vary, few would argue that Nissan's Juke is a very peculiar offering. As a subcompact crossover vehicle, it fits an unconventional market segment and it features bizarre exterior styling and equally unusual interior styling. Considering this, it seems all-the-more extraordinary that Nissan would choose the Juke of all vehicles to be the recipient of the immensely powerful engine and drivetrain from the company's GT-R super-coupe. Why not the much more sporting 370Z? Or, since Nissan owns Infiniti, why not a G Coupe? Or an M sedan? In spite of these apparently more suitable transplant recipients, the quirky little crossover got the nod and a Nissan Juke with the GT-R's hallowed twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and all-wheel-drive system has been created. It's called the Juke-R.

Where the standard Juke comes equipped with a peppy 1.6-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, the Juke R concept benefits from much, much more.

A 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V-6 engine sourced from the GT-R has been wedged between the Juke-R's front wheels. In the GT-R this engine develops 530 horsepower and 448 pound-feet of torque. Though Nissan hasn't yet announced the power figures of the Juke-R, it's likely the power-laden subcompact can blow by nearly any other car on the road. The Juke-R also makes use of the GT-R's 6-speed transaxle and all-wheel-drive prop shaft and driveline. Massive 20-inch RAYS forged alloy wheels are shoehorned in at each corner.

In order to build this wacky concept, Nissan employed the services of the famed United Kingdom motorsports company, RML. The Nissan Technical Centre for Europe (NTC-E) was also on board for development.

"Juke lends itself perfectly to a sports derivative and Juke-R explores that territory. Equally at home on road and track, Juke-R showcases two of the most exciting cars in our range and highlights the technical innovation that drives Nissan. This car will more than live up to the dynamic driving experience we engineer into all our cars." said  Paul Willcox, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Nissan in Europe.

Apart from its powerhouse engine and intrepid drivetrain, the Juke-R also features exterior modifications including flared fenders, revised front and rear bumpers and a split rear wing. The interior features a 7-inch screen sourced from the GT-R. There's also twin race-seats with five-point harnesses and a roll cage to meet FIA safety requirements (FIA, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, is the governing body of several racing organizations such as Formula One).

Though Nissan doesn't plan to put the Juke-R into production, the one-off concept has been conceived in order to gauge the public's reaction to a "seriously sporty Juke." So does this mean that we can expect a more sports-oriented production Juke in the future? Stay tuned, because the company aims to complete the initial tests of the Juke-R this November.

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Topics: Crossover, Nissan, 2011, Juke-R Concept, RML, Subcompact,

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