Nissan Juke plus GT-R equals Juke-R

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 4, 2011

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.

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