Residents of Carmarthen, Wales were star-struck to see a Batman-inspired Nissan Juke Nismo driving across town road. After all, one of them got lucky enough to win the very special one-off Dark Knight Rises Juke Nismo. Following a drive across the town, the Batman-inspired Juke Nismo and the famous Tumbler were parked in front of Carmarthen Castle, where keys to the “Batmobile” were handed to local baker and competition winner Adam Williams.
A fan of action films, Williams became the new owner of the Dark Knight Rises Juke Nismo after taking Nissan’s Thrill Test on www.builttothrill.co.uk. Williams remarked that winning the Dark Knight Rises Juke Nismo was the biggest surprise of his life, adding that it is great to think that he is the “only person in the world” with his own version of the Batmobile. He noted that he will certainly “turn a few heads driving around Carmarthen.”
Nissan built the Dark Knight Rises Juke Nismo in celebration of its partnership with Warner Bros and the release of the third installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Dark Knight Rises Juke Nismo features a number of Batman-inspired details, a surefire way to attract the attention of every fan of the Batman trilogy. Based on the new Juke Nismo, the front-wheel-drive vehicle is powered by the same 200PS 1.6-litre turbocharged engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
The Dark Knight Rises Juke Nismo could accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 7.8 seconds. The car also features a Nismo bodykit, uprated suspension and improved interior.
Every change to the Nissan Juke's body is far from being just cosmetic. These modifications were carried out in order to enhance a particular aspect of its aerodynamics. They have been influenced by the Nissan Juke Nismo's motorsport expertise, specifically using styling and engineering lessons learned from Nissan’s GT-R race car. This race car competes in Japan’s Super GT, in the GT500 class.
Compared to the standard Juke, the Nismo’s most obvious modification is to its front, now featuring a more aggressive yet lower design. The base section’s familiar 5-circle shape has been exchanged with a horizontal mesh grille. This also means that the integrated fog lights were swapped with thin-strip light-emitting diode or LED daytime running lights.
These lights are located on the top edge of the small vents to the larger grille’s sides. On two-wheel drive versions, these vents are blanked. However, on the four-wheel drive versions, the left-hand side vent lets air inside the engine bay in order to cool down the oil pump, while right-hand side vent is styled to match.
Meanwhile, the large lower grille’s prominent upper edge features a red pinstripe that dramatically drops to curve round smaller vents then continues throughout the front wheel arches. This Nismo cue is distinctive and it gives visual width and presence to the nose while also emphasizing the Nismo's athletic road stance. Above, the 3-sided surround to the brand badge on the upper grille now has a darker finish. To the right, you can see a Juke Nismo badge with red-colored “O,” stamping the car’s distinctive motorsport heritage.