First Nissan Juke-R ready for delivery

Article by Christian A., on October 18, 2012

Nissan is ready to deliver the first production Juke-R. At the same time, Nissan’s wildest crossover is about to make its virtual debut. There has always been plenty of interest for the Juke-R, which has transformed from being a one-off concept to a road car. The car’s digital recreation can be accessed by millions of gamers as it is set to star beside the Juke NISMO in the new Gameloft Asphalt 7: Heat mobile racing game.

Nissan has teamed up with Gameloft, a leading global publisher of digital and social games, so that fans get the opportunity to drive the most popular models in the Juke range on iOS and Android, smartphones and tablets.

The Juke-R made its debut as a one-off concept in Dubai in January 2012. The R proved right away that there’s nothing else like it with its revised underpinnings of a GT-R covered by a muscular, re-sculpted Juke bodyshell. The Juke-R became a huge hit on YouTube with over 5 million views of Juke-R videos recorded so far. Its fan base just kept growing.

That’s how the idea of building a production version started. According to Darren Cox, Brand Director Nissan in Europe, the Juke made such a good impression in Dubai that they got offers to buy the original concept on the street.

He said that after getting three genuine offers, they committed to producing a limited number of Juke-Rs. The production of Juke-R #002 is ongoing. It has a starting price of £400,000 but the final price will depend on the buyer’s exact specifications.

It was in October 2011 when Nissan Europe officially presented Nissan Juke-R. While two versions of this model will be made, a left-hand drive one and a right-hand drive variant, it is not considered as a production car. Instead it is a special concept vehicle that is road legal. Though the Juke-R was developed by Nissan, it was in the U.K. where it was created with the actual model being made by top motorsports outfit RML.

Of course, Nissan Technical Centre Europe was on hand as well. It took a total of 22 weeks to come out with the two versions and the project has reached the final stages given that the performance testing is almost finished. Powering the Juke-R is the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine which has an output of 485 bhp and allows the vehicle to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.

With this amount of power, it reaches a maximum speed of 257 km/h. The brand did confirm the performance statistics for its latest offering and said that this supercar crossover concept has the design of the Juke which is then combined with the handling and power of the iconic GT-R. The different tests undertaken have more than proven that despite being a compact crossover, the Juke-R delivers handling similar to a supercar. This is due to a number of factors like having the drivetrain and suspension of the GT-R.

There is also the fact that the roll cage meets the standards of FIA and its very own split ear wing has been added. It is because of the roll that the GT-ER is lighter when compared to the Juke-R. When running in a straight line, having a more aerodynamic form meant that the top speed is higher even if the power plant is the same. Still, in order to make sure that the parts present in a supercar can be placed inside that of a Juke’s body, there was a need to put in additional reinforcement for the chassis.

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