Batman-inspired Nissan Juke Nismo handed to Wales resident

Article by Anita Panait, on May 24, 2013

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.

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BATMAN JUKE ROLLS INTO HANDS OF WELSH BAKER

Some Hollywood glitz and glamour were sprinkled onto a corner of Wales recently, when Nissan handed over a very special one-off Batman-inspired Juke Nismo to its lucky new owner.

Carmarthen residents were amazed to see the famous Tumbler drive through their town with Nissan’s Dark Knight Rises™ Juke Nismo following just behind it. Bringing some big screen drama to west Wales, the two cars then took pride of place in front of Carmarthen Castle where the keys to the unique Juke were given to competition winner, Adam Williams.

Self-confessed action film fan and local baker, Mr Williams, bagged the Dark Knight Rises™ Juke Nismo after taking Nissan’s Thrill Test on www.builttothrill.co.uk. He said: "I can't believe I've won this fantastic car – it was the biggest surprise of my life and I was so excited to take delivery of it. I'll certainly turn a few heads driving around Carmarthen – it's great to think I'm the only person in the world with my very own version of the Batmobile!"

Produced to celebrate Nissan’s partnership with Warner Bros and the release of the third film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy on DVD and Blu-Ray, the Dark Knight Rises™ Juke Nismo features a host of Batman-inspired details making it the envy of every movie fan and car buff.

Based on the new Juke Nismo, The Dark Knight Rises™ Juke Nismo features the same 200PS 1.6-litre turbocharged engine driving the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox − giving it a 0-62mph time of 7.8 seconds − as well as a Nismo bodykit, uprated suspension and enhanced interior. But in addition, it has a whole host of Batman-inspired details that will make Adam Williams feel just like Bruce Wayne.

Matt black paint gives a menacing look reminiscent of the on-screen Tumbler, while a shark fin antenna replaces the standard car’s conventional aerial. In addition to Nismo badging, there are aluminium Bat badges on the front grille and tailgate while the unique gloss black 18-inch alloy wheels include bespoke red detailing, matching the eye-catching pinstripe on the bumpers and sills of the standard Juke Nismo.

Open the door and you’re greeted by Bat logos on the kickplates and reflective Bat badges on the headrests of the suede-trimmed Nismo sports seats. Thanks to downlighters mounted under the door mirrors the famous Bat signal can be projected onto the floor area around the doors. A clever uplighter projects the same signal onto the black headlining inside too.

The Dark Knight Rises™ Juke Nismo was the work of Nissan’s very own Batcave – Nissan Design Europe, based in London’s Paddington, the same studio responsible for the design of the original Juke.

Since going on sale in January 2013, the Juke Nismo – Nissan’s first Nismo model for Europe – has outstripped expectations. “We’re not even halfway through the year and we’re already well ahead of our target, having sold nearly 600 cars,” said Juke product manager, Jon Davies. “That’s a fantastic achievement and proof that buyers love the Juke Nismo’s combination of accessible performance, stylish looks and generous equipment.”

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