Nissan shows us first real image of the Juke-R

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 25, 2011

Nissan revealed today the first real image with the so-called ultimate compact crossover also known as the Juke-R. The new Juke-R was unveiled today at a Nissan Crossover media launch in Malaga, Spain and surprised the audience when it showed up as a special guest at the end of the press conference.

As you can see from the photos, the new Nissan Juke-R looks like a real mean car and the most interesting thing is that it really is!

The vehicle is powered by the same engine found on the GT-R and we are talking about the 3.8-liter DOHC V6 engine delivering 530 hp and and 612 Nm of torque from 3,200 to 6,200 rpm.

Nissan GT-R can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds. Still, don’t expect the Juke-R to be that fast. We’ll have to wait though, the official numbers.

According to Nissan, just two versions of the Juke-R will be built, one in each of left-hand and right-hand drive. These cars will be built by leading motorsports outfit RML with input from Nissan Technology Centre for Europe (NTC-E). Testing of the car will begin in November.

The recently released “performance figures” for Nissan Juke-R proves that the crossover concept vehicle possesses the same superior handling and powerful performance of the GT-R.

Nissan came up with this idea and made sure that is developed under its standards. Nonetheless, the leading motorsports outfit RML turned the concept into reality. The UK-manufactured Juke-R model is made possible with the help of the NTC-E or the Nissan Technical Centre Europe.

After just 22 weeks, Nissan already built two models (one with the right hand and one for the left hand driving orientation). In fact, the development project is now on its final stage. The production team has been conducting a series of comprehensive performance tests to ensure quality and safety.

Juke-R is powered by a 485bhp, 3.8L, V6 twin turbo engine. With a top speed of 257kph, this powerful crossover vehicle can rev up from 0-100kph in as short as 3.7 seconds. The tests also show that the Juke-R’s superior handling is exactly the same with the GT-R series. That’s because Nissan used the same split rear wing, FIA specified roll cage, drivetrain and suspension on both cars. But for the record, the GT-R is still faster, lighter and has better aerodynamics.

Then of course, the Juke-R’s body frame and dimensions are entirely different from the GT-R even if both possess the same 2530mm wheelbase, 1575mm height and 4135mm length. The Juke is in fact much wider, measuring 1910mm as compared with 1765mm. The Juke also has those flared wheel arches with RAYS forged alloy wheels under it measuring 12-inches each.

As for the interiors, both the passenger and the driver will enjoy the very comfy OMP race seats at the front. Right within reach is the GT-R’s integrated control and instrument panel for better convenience. And lastly, the central dashboard houses the very informative 7-inch touch screen that GT-R owners find very useful.

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