Those who need a crossover that is insanely fast but much smaller than a Mercedes AMG are in luck. Nissan has confirmed a limited production run of the Juke-R, the project by Nissan’s European division that stuck the GT-R’s drivetrain in the Juke compact crossover.
One mighty mouse
The Nissan Juke is an interesting entry among compact crossovers. It’s very small for a crossover, yet nippy enough to make things interesting. The Juke can even be had with all-wheel-drive. However, Nissan’s European division thought the compact cross could be so much more and came up with the Juke-R.
The Juke-R, according to AutoGuide, was conceived of and built at Nissan’s UK headquarters, without notifying the company’s home offices in Japan. In the span of a few weeks, the team there stripped the Juke and replaced the engine, transmission and suspension with that of the crazy-fast GT-R sports car.
The car generated a lot of buzz, and when it was shown off in Dubai, Nissan received a lot of offers to buy it, according to Automobile. So, the company decided to put it into production on a limited scale.
The original car had the powertrain from the 2010 GT-R. All GT-Rs use a hand-built twin-turbo V-6, and in the case of the 2010, the 3.8-liter engine put out 485 horsepower. However, the production GT-R will get the engine from the 2013 GT-R, which is the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6, but it has been tuned up to 545 horsepower, which sends power to the wheels through, according to Top Gear, a six-speed paddle-operated double-clutch sequential automatic.
Just like the GT-R, the Juke-R is all-wheel-drive and shares a great deal of suspension components with the GT-R. The body has been modified with a grill splitter and molding to give it more downforce at high speeds.
Only available overseas
There was a demand for it, but not enough to sustain a full-scale production run. Instead, Nissan is taking orders from customers and will build the cars to order. Three orders have already been made, two of which are from one customer in Dubai, according to Automobile.
The base price isn’t being announced by Nissan, but AutoBlog suggests that it should be a tad more expensive than the GT-R, which means it should be at least $100,000 to start with. Unfortunately, the car is so far only being made available in Europe and in the Middle East and isn’t likely to be made available in North America.
Top Gear: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/nissan-juke-r-production-2012-05-03