Nissan preparing RS versions of the GT-R, Leaf and Juke Nismo

Article by Christian A., on August 14, 2012

Nissan has apparently decided to go full blast with new Nismo performance models, which include extreme RS versions. At the Tokyo Motor Show last year, Nismo stirred excited when it provided teasers of a Juke Nismo model, and an electric Leaf Nismo model.

The performance division of Nissan said that the Juke Nismo model is likely to be the first to arrive. It’s not as awesome as the Juke R but it offers a funky crossover at a more affordable price.

Andy Palmer, executive vice president of Nissan, said that the Nismo variant models will receive a 15-percent rise in power with a concentration on unique styling that features red accents.

Suspension and steering will also need to be fine tuned so drivers can benefit from the additional horsepower.

Palmer added that the Juke Nismo model has to produce about 215-hp from its 1.6-liter turbocharged power plant. But as soon as the Juke model arrives at the market, the Leaf with about 125-hp will follow. The Leaf will sport blue accents instead of red ones.

The GT-R will receive a Nismo variant to go together with the popular Nismo 370Z. In addition, the more extreme RS models will be built for those who want extreme performance.

Palmer said that the RS cars will be much more track-focused. He pointed out that the Juke R is “a good place to start.” Palmer has yet to confirm that a GT-R RS and 370Z RS will be arriving at the streets soon, but it’s likely that Nissan’s flagship sports cars will get the same treatment too. The next-generation 370Z in 2014 will come with the Nismo 370Z RS model.

Amazingly, the new Nissan Juke Nismo is the result of a global endeavor. Nissan and Nismo in Japan took charge in designing and engineering the new Juke Nismo, taking inputs from Nissan Design Europe (NDE) in London, United Kingdom, and Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE), in Cranfield, UK. Likewise, Nissan will also produce the new Juke Nismo at its UK manufacturing site in Sunderland.

The modifications made on the body of the new Nissan Juke Nismo aren’t just for show as every single one of them was intended to improve the SUV’s aerodynamics – as heavily influenced by the motorsport expertise of Nismo's. In fact, the Juke Nismo benefits from the styling and engineering lessons gained from the Nissan GT-R race car that takes part in the GT500 class of the Super GT in Japan.

It is quite easy to tell the difference between the standard Nissan Juke and the sporty Nissan Juke Nismo. On the front end, the Nissan Juke Nismo comes with a lower and more assertive design. For instance, the five-circle shape of the crossover’s base section has been replaced by a larger horizontal mesh grille while the integrated fog lights have been removed to pave way for the LED daytime running lights. The side vents on four-wheel drive versions of the Nissan Juke Nismo are styled to direct air flow to the engine bay. On two-wheel drive variants, these vents are left blanked.

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