Official Nissan working on a ‘Super Juke’ powered by the engine found on the GT-R

Article by Christian A., on September 26, 2011

It appears that Nissan has big plans with its Juke crossover as the Japanese manufacturer officially confirmed a super version of the vehicle. Dubbed ‘Super Juke’, the new car which is just a study at this stage, will use the same engine found on the Nissan GT-R supercar and this means that under the hood we will find the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 delivering 530 hp and 612 Nm of torque.

With the new engine installed and with some help from the four-wheel drive, the ‘Super Juke’ will be able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just four seconds and a top speed close to 170 mph or 273 km/h.

Currently, the fastest version of the Nissan Juke is powered by the 1.6-litre DiG-T, which can push it from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.0 seconds and to a top speed of 134 mph or 215 km/h, according to AutoExpress.

Regarding the design, the new ‘Super Juke’ will get an aggressive look and the body kit will include new bonnet air inlets, a lowered ride-height, new side sills, a split rear spoiler as well as a new set of alloy wheels.

The interior will be striped out in order to save weight. Still, don’t expect the ‘Super Juke’ to be able to overtake the Nissan GT-R, as this vehicle can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.0 seconds and has a top speed of 196 mph or 315 km/h.

Conceptualized in the middle of London at Nissan Design Europe, the Nissan Juke was later perfected at the company’s Design Center located in Japan. Primary engineering though was in Japan with the Europe segment providing important input. After that, it will be the task of the Sunderland facility, located in the northeast area of England, to assemble the Juke. From the perspective of design, the Juke’s lower part is a true SUV.

Proof of this includes the wide tires and thick wheels. There is also the stronger stance and higher ground clearance. The upper portion however is clearly a sports car with its falling roofline shaped like a coupe, the visor-like and thin side glass graphics, and high waistline. That it had a coupe effect is highlighted by its rear doors with handles that were designed to be hidden in the door’s frame.

Overall, the Juke was designed to give the B-segment something new, given that it has managed to mix an athletic style with the toughness of a SUV. The company hopes that with the Juke, the small car market will finally have a vehicle that is dynamic and shows some muscles.

Indeed, under its distinct lines, it has managed to join what appears to be varying contradictions. Senior Vice President for Design Shiro Nakamura, who is also Chief Creative Officer, revealed that the design truly displays optimism as it manages to merge design features coming from two different categories and produce a small yet eye-catching Crossover that exhibits authentic style and confidence.

All of these different qualities are the same ones that the company expects from a Juke customer, he continued. Nissan Europe’s Vice President for Product Planning Pierre Loing reveals that the Juke takes everything good from a sports car and combines it with the best features of a SUV.

It is playful yet practical, dynamic yet strong, and compact yet offers ample space, he says. Though these different qualities appear to be contradictions, he continues, they all manage to come together and make the Juke a unique vehicle.

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