Nissan is apparently not satisfied with its attempt to reshape the new vehicle market by introducing the crossover (Juke and Qashqi models). Because now, it has developed the Juke-R -- the first super-crossover ever. Currently in its development stage, the bold design of the Juke is evident.
However, the Juke-R is not an ordinary crossover with the addition of flared wheel arches, revised rear and front bumpers, and a unique split rear wing. Unfortunately, the car is not for production, and is only a one-off, road-legal concept vehicle developed by Nissan and built by leading motorsports outfit RML with input from Nissan Technology Centre for Europe (NTC-E).
Under its hood is a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine adopted straight from the flagship supercar of Nissan.
Under the floor hides, the GT-R’s six-speed transaxle, with the front and rear ends attached with a modified GT-R 4WD driveline and prop shaft, while chunky 20-inch RAYS forged alloy rims fill each wheel arch.
The interior integrates supercar and crossover with finesse, as the Juke’s dashboard has been altered to accommodate the dials, gauges and 7-inch customizable LCD display from the GT-R.
The Juke’s iconic center console, taking inspiration from the fuel tank of a motorcycle, remains while the other part of the interior adopts the look of a machine bred for the track. Twin race-seats with five-point harnesses sit inside a visible roll cage that enhances rigidity to provide the ultimate performance and to comply with FIA safety standards.
Back in October of 2011, Nissan Europe revealed that the Nissan Juke-R will not be a production vehicle but instead, it will be a special concept car that remains to be road legal. However, the company will be offering two versions with one being a left-hand drive model and the other a right-hand drive unit. Considered by many as the fastest crossover in the world, the Juke-R, as a concept car, has the thrilling design seen in the Juke crossover which is merged with the handling, speed, and power of the GT-R sports car, Nissan’s very own flagship vehicle.
The Juke-R has a finish in matt black which improves its rather rebellious character. Videos and images of it however show just how lively and though-provoking its style is. On the interior, the cabin has been redesigned and now at its center is a console that is clearly motorcycle–inspired.
The new design makes it race-ready especially with the race-specific roll cage, full race harness, and the twin race seats. Its dashboard has been modified and integrated to it is a 7-inch display with touch-screen capability, pedals, and the GT-R steering wheel.
On the outside, the vents placed on its front bumper are aggressive and large. These help cool the V6 twin-turbo engine. Meanwhile the bonnet has ducts that are subtly submerged in order to help channel air along the engine bay. It uses forged alloy RAYS 20-inch wheels covered with wide arches. The wheels are combined with the new sculpted skirting. At the rear end is a dynamic split wing that makes sure this model has the needed down-force.
Excellent sound coming from the engine is made possible through the twin pentagonal exhausts. Because of how the distinct style has a large impact on the lines and curves on the 3.8-liter engine, drivetrain, and even suspension, it removes any doubt that the Juke-R is truly one of the most athletic compact crossovers worldwide. It not only has a menacing and bold design but it also has the performance to match it.