Nissan preparing a hotter version of the Juke Nismo

Article by Christian A., on January 23, 2013

A new and improved Nissan Juke Nismo is in the pipeline, according to the company. It features a better performance, improved brakes, and a more focused chassis. The 1.6-litre turbocharged engine of the Juke Nismo has been modified to develop about 20bhp higher than the standard Nismo’s 197bhp. Meanwhile, its torque will get a 20% boost to about 220lb ft.

It will be fitted with a revised suspension that comes with different springs, shock absorbers and damping rates. In addition, the car will be positioned 20mm lower than the standard Juke Nismo. This new Juke Nismo will be available with front-wheel drive with a manual transmission, while four-wheel drive will be exclusively available with models that have CVT.

Nissan said that the two Nismo models are positioned the same as the Mini Countryman Cooper S to its JCW siblings. This new car is expected to start selling by the end of 2013. The Nismo range will continue to expand with a more hardcore derivative of the 370Z. However, Nissan has yet to reveal details about this model.

Although aesthetically pleasing, the main purpose for modifying specific elements on the Nissan Juke is to improve its aerodynamics. Thus, there was a need to employ Nismo’s expertise as well as apply styling and engineering lessons learned from the Nissan GT-R race car (competing in the Super GT GT500 class in Japan).

An easily recognizable change is seen on its front: compared to the standard Nissan Juke, it now features a lower and more aggressive design, swapping the five-circle shape of the base sections (which we have been accustomed to) with a horizontal mesh grille. Moreover, instead of integrated fog lights, it now has thin-strip LED daytime running lights found at the top edge of its new small vents (found to the side of the larger grille).

The left-hand side vent on 4WD models function by allowing air to pass to the engine bay; thus cooling the oil pump (the right one is styled to match it); these are left blank on the 2WD versions.

A red pinstripe accentuates the prominent upper edge of the large lower grille and drops in a dramatic manner around the smaller vents and up to the front wheel arches – a distinctive Nismo design. It actually gives the nose more width and presence and highlights the car’s athletic stance. The V-strut – that three-sided surround to the Nissan badge at the center of the upper grille – now comes with a darker shade, while to the right, is a Nismo badge with a red O – a distinctive Nismo mark of motorsport excellence, a first for the Juke.

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