Nissan unveiled yesterday at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show the 2015 Juke Facelift. Still, that wasn’t the only surprise from Switzerland as Nissan also brought the 2015 Juke Nismo RS Facelift. After reading the press release we noticed that the Nismo RS’s advanced 1.6-litre DIG-T engine received a power boost of 18 hp.
As a result, it now delivers 218 hp (160 hp), while torque in two-wheel drive/manual transmission versions is increased from an already healthy 250Nm to 280Nm. Due to the torque increase, the 2WD models benefit from the addition of a mechanical Limited Slip Differential on the driven front wheels. Meanwhile, four-wheel drive versions have Torque Vectoring, Nissan's Xtronic transmission and 250 Nm of torque.
Nissan also added as standard steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts to control the eight-speed manual mode. Power increase means nothing without a proper sound and that’s why Nissan added a retuned exhaust system that delivers a better engine sound thanks to a larger diameter muffler.
Other improvements related to the increased engine performance include body strengthening to increase torsional stiffness still further, while the brakes have been enhanced for even better resistance - front disk size has increased from 296mm to 320mm, while the rear discs are now ventilated. Revised spring and damper settings complete the chassis changes.
Juke Nismo RS comes with red brake calibers that feature discreet ‘RS' badging on the front and rear. Inside, we find the RS logo on the rev counter while a distinctive suede wrap covers the instrument binnacle. An unusual water print finish is found on the shift knob/paddle shifters and the central cluster.
Other options on the Juke Nismo RS include special Recaro sports "bucket" seats, Xenon headlamps, Nissan's Around View Monitor and Safety Shield which includes Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection giving visual and audible warnings to avoid potential collisions. According to Nissan, the Juke Nismo RS Facelift is available in a choice of three colours: White Pearl, Black Metallic or Silver Grey.
Only a single bespoke interior treatment is offered: the predominantly black Nismo cabin. Exterior changes include redesigned upper lamps, revised ‘boomerang' tail lamps and door mirrors which incorporate LED side turn strip repeaters. Regarding the exterior we also find lower front and rear bumpers, wider wings and sill side skirts as well as a dark chrome V-motion grille.
Other highlights include red door mirror caps and a red pinstripe that encircles the bottom of the car. 18-inch alloy wheels accentuate the new Juke's bold stance. Inside we find a performance-oriented steering wheel, pedals, gauges, gear knob and door trims, while special Nismo sports seats wrapped in special suede with red stitching complete the sporty theme.
Building on Renault Sport's expertise, engineers focused their efforts on the chassis of the new Clio RS 200 EDC to ensure that the vehicle offers improved levels of handling, braking, road-holding and comfort.
On the front axle, the new Clio RS 200 EDC retained its a pseudo-MacPherson strut layout, but has been enhanced with sturdier elements to heighten the stiffness of the unit that incorporates the wheel, upright, bearings and damper. Renault Sport also employed a larger damper for enhanced hydraulic performance and better balance between comfort and body roll. Just like the Laguna V6, the new Clio RS 200 EDC makes of 3200mm front brake discs.
Meanwhile, the rear suspension employs a thicker anti-roll bar that is around 10 percent stiffer than that on the Clio III R.S. Braking on the rear axle employs 260-mm discs.
Thanks to hydraulic compression control, the new Clio RS 200 EDC offers sharp road holding and high levels of comfort in any road condition. This was achieved by incorporating a secondary damper within the main damper's body. Doing so resulted to greater comfort, progressivity and performance. While this configuration seems so simple, it took all of Renault Sport Technologies' engineering expertise to properly implement.
As designed, the new Clio RS 200 EDC is a groundbreaking unit that was the result of around 15 years of rallying experience.