Nissan Juke-R: performance specs released

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 11, 2012

Nissan has confirmed the performance specs for the Juke-R -- the supercar crossover concept that integrates the bold design of Juke with the power and handling of the renowned GT-R. The Juke-R, which was created in the United Kingdom, was developed by Nissan. It is built by leading motorsports outfit RML with advice from Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTC-E).

Two models have been developed over a 22-week duration -- a left-hand drive and a right-hand drive. Rigorous performance testing is now in the final stage of the development project. The Juke-R is equipped with 485bhp 3.8-litre V6 twin turbo engine, which enables the vehicle to run from 0 to 62mph (100kph) in only 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 160mph (257kph).

The tests confirmed that the Juke-R enjoys supercar handling from a compact crossover due to its utilization of the Nissan GT-R's suspension and drivetrain, an FIA-specification roll cage and unique split rear wing. In a straight line, the more aerodynamic shape of the GT-R ensures that its top speed is higher even with the same power plant being fitted in each.

Furthermore, the GT-R remains lighter compared to the Juke-R, thanks to the roll cage and extra chassis reinforcement needed to place the supercar's parts into a Juke body.

The physical dimensions of the Juke-R resemble the Juke more than the GT-R. Just like the Juke, the Juke-R is 4135mm long and 1575mm high. It has also the same wheelbase (2530mm) as the Juke. The width has been increased from 1765mm to 1910mm, with flared wheel arches going around the 20-inch RAYS forged alloy wheels.

For its interiors, the passenger and driver sit in OMP race seats. It has all the instruments and controls from the GT-R at their fingertips. In the center of the dashboard is the 7-inch touch-screen display, providing access to a variety of information about the vehicle to which any GT-R owner has come to expect.

Exterior Design

What happens when the design, styling and dimensions of the Nissan Juke compact crossover are fused with the power, speed and handling of Nissan GT-R sports car? It gives rise to the birth of what could be the fastest crossover in the world – the new Nissan Juke-R concept car. The Juke rebel crossover has just become more rebellious with certain design and performance enhancements.

Wrapped in menacing matt black finish, the new Nissan Juke-R concept car is powered by GT-R's 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine and inherits its vaunted drivetrain and suspension. All these potencies are wrapped in a body laden with sensational and impactful curves and lines, showing that the new Nissan Juke-R concept car is a force to be reckoned with among compact crossovers.

Of course, this powerful engine has to get all the cooling it needs, and that is amply provided by large, provocative vents in the front bumper, as helped by the subtle submerged air intakes in the bonnet. In addition, the new Nissan Juke-R concept car inherits the GT-R's 20-inch RAYS forged alloy wheels as hugged by powerful flared wheel arches that merge with a new sculpted skirting.

On the other hand, the rear end of the new Nissan Juke-R features a dynamic split rear wing that delivers the much-needed downforce as well as twin pentagonal exhausts producing an engine audio typical of the GT-R.

Interior Design

The interior of the super crossover concept still features the Juke's motorcycle-inspired console sandwiched by twin race seats.

In addition, the Nissan Juke-R concept crossover is provided with a race-spec roll cage, full race harness, GT-R steering wheel and pedals, as well as modified dashboard into which GT-R dials and seven-inch touch-screen display are integrated.

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