It's hard not to love Nissan right now. The company has shown more testicular fortitude over the past 12 months than nearly every other mainstream automaker combined with additions like the Murano Crosscabriolet and the Nissan Juke. You may not love either vehicle's bizarre styling, and you may have trouble slotting them into a comfortable market segment, but both show a determination to shirk a formulaic approach to product development. Now Nissan is diving even deeper into the crazy pool with a 520-horsepower version of the Juke. Meet the Juke-R.

Nissan Engineers have taken to wedging the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 from the Nissan GT-R behind the frog-eye headlights of the Juke. The rest of the supercar's drivetrain comes along for the ride too, including the vehicle's fantastic all-wheel drive system. The Juke-R will even rock the same 20-inch Rays forged wheels as the biggest of its brothers.

Unfortunately, the Juke-R isn't headed for production. The vehicle is a one-off, street-legal concept car worked up by RML and the Nissan Technology Center for Europe. Hit the jump for the full press release as well as a video of the machine.



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NISSAN ANNOUNCES THE JUKE-R -- THE ULTIMATE COMPACT CROSSOVER

Juke-R to inject new excitement into the crossover market

* Juke and GT-R brought together to create the ultimate compact crossover
* One-off concept to test the public's reaction to a seriously sporty Juke
* Underlines the compact crossover's fun factor
* Fully road legal with GT-R drive train
* Developed for Nissan by RML with input from Nissan Technical Centre for Europe (NTC-E)
* Car currently in development; expected to complete first tests in November

Question: What do you get when you cross a Nissan Juke with a Nissan GT-R?

Answer: The fastest, most exciting and daring compact crossover in the world.

Not content with re-shaping the new car market by pioneering the crossover – a success reflected in the soaring sales of its Qashqai and Juke models – Nissan is now creating the Juke-R, the first ever super crossover.

Currently under development, the bold design of the Juke is clear to see. However, with the addition of flared wheel arches, revised front and rear bumpers plus a unique split rear wing, this is no standard crossover. It's a Juke that thinks it's a GT-R, and with good reason.

However, the car is not for production. It is a one-off, road legal concept car developed by Nissan and built by leading motorsports outfit RML with input from Nissan Technology Centre for Europe (NTC-E).

Under the hood is a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine adopted directly from Nissan's flagship supercar. Under the floor hides the GT-R's six-speed transaxle, with the front and rear ends joined by a modified GT-R 4WD driveline and prop shaft, while chunky 20-inch RAYS forged alloy rims fill each wheel arch.

The interior merges crossover and supercar with finesse, as the Juke's dashboard has been transformed to accommodate the gauges, dials and 7-inch customisable LCD display from the GT-R. The Juke's iconic center console, inspired by the fuel tank of a motorcycle, remains while the rest of the interior has the look of a machine bred for the track. Twin race-seats with five-point harnesses sit inside a visible roll cage that gives FIA safety standards as well as enhanced rigidity to provide the ultimate performance.

"Nissan Juke is one of the most exciting cars on the market today. Its bold crossover design has captured the imagination of car buyers all over Europe; after just a year on sale we are celebrating sales of more than 100,000 units," said Paul Willcox, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Nissan in Europe.

"Juke lends itself perfectly to a sports derivative and Juke-R explores that territory. Equally at home on road and track, Juke-R showcases two of the most exciting cars in our range and highlights the technical innovation that drives Nissan. This car will more than live up to the dynamic driving experience we engineer into all our cars."


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      Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this doesn't become a rally car I will be extremely disappointed.
        theblackemblem
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan
        Yeah I know. I mean... the tuners would never have to add any more fog lights.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan
        Dacia needs to move aside and let Nissan build a Pikes Peak version. The Dacia Duster doesn't appeal to the US audience, in which the event is held. Hell, even Monster is using the Suzuki SX4 body style for his beast.
      Erik Tomlinson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Step 1: put gravel tires and rally car suspension on this. Step 2: win all the rallies
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Erik Tomlinson
        WRC would prohibit this from being used. They only allow 1.6L engines. Dakar, Pikes Peak, and Mt. Washington would probably allow a car like this to be used though.
      TangoR34
      • 3 Years Ago
      Criticise all you want about its looks. It's certainly a good move when it's SELLING LIKE HOT CAKES!
        PatrickH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TangoR34
        Selling like hot cakes compared to what, a CR-Z? I see 1-2 of these per month.
          TangoR34
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PatrickH
          over 10k per month in europe, 6 months waiting list and I see 2-3 per week
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      Give us a Juke GTi-R with AWD, half that power and low riding suspension and I'll be a happy camper. I personally like the weird styling.
      Patrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      They better send it around the Nurburgring
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 3 Years Ago
      60 to 70k would make this the ultimate bargain. If you really want to make some eyes pop open, make the MAXIMA GT-R. Can you imagine a 500+ hp twin turbo four wheel drive Maxima? Whew, now that would give the M5 a run for the money.
      Seven Eigh8 Si6
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the idea!
      Fonin
      • 3 Years Ago
      where is my hotwheels/matchbox Nuke-R?
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pause the video @ I:54 His face expression is ridiculous . But I never liked the Juke... but this is going to be awesome. The change is so much that it really isnt a Juke anymore.
      Rudukai13
      • 3 Years Ago
      This would make an awesome Pike Peak Hill Climb unlimited competitor. Just saying... I think a Juke with the stock 1.6l turbo engine would be great to see in WRC.
      wylin923
      • 3 Years Ago
      they should make a 300hp version with the VQ35/37 and the G37'x's awd system and G37s Akebono brake system and wheels. that would be alot moew sellable than a gtr version. the V36 (g35/g37) should all fit cuz its very similar to the gtr.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wylin923
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          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          Uh this is being built with a longitudinally mounted V6... Remember, they never said anything about them swapping out chassi, only the running gear.
      Lada F1 team
      • 3 Years Ago
      currently the juke weighs 927 lbs less than a GTR. Yeah the mods cut into that some but... this could be fun.
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