You don't simply shoehorn in a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 where a 1.6-liter inline-four used to be. It takes a lot of reconfiguring, as the team at Nissan found in building the segment-busting Juke-R.

Not only did they have to fit in a bigger engine – removing the bulkhead altogether and building a new one around it – but they had to make room for all the cooling systems necessary to keep it running optimally. That means more air openings than a stock Juke fits in between its bug-eyes. And that's before making room for the GT-R's all-wheel-drive system and dual-clutch transmission.

Follow the jump to see how they pulled it off in the fourth of the Juke-R build video series.




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NISSAN JUKE-R - THE ENGINE

VIDEO 4 - THE ENGINE. At the heart of Nissan Juke-R will be the GT-R's V6 turbo-charged engine that produces an incredible 480bhp. Fitting this into the space usually taken by Juke's 1.6-litre engine is a big challenge for the team. Not only do they have to build the car around the engine but also find space to house all the cooling systems that it needs to perform.

Follow the story of Nissan Juke-R on YouTube :
http://www.youtube.com/user/NissanJuke


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      Erik Tomlinson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Frustratingly little technical detail in that video. Engineer demands more!
      AP1_S2K
      • 3 Years Ago
      regardless if people like either of the vehicles, the build is impressive, and I'm glad we got to see the process.
        Eric Grez
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AP1_S2K
        Your completely right. I was never a fan of the Juke, i personal am not a fan of the styling. I do like the GT-R but for the price of it, I would rather buy a German vehicle. But the combination of the Juke with the engine of the GT-R is absolutely awesome. You rarely see a company do this to their own cars just to do it. What makes it even more awesome is that Nissan is recording the process for gearheads like ourselves to enjoy. This project honestly makes Nissan go up a few steps in my book.
      ThomasP
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now if they could just fit this thing into an Infiniti G.... then they would have a serious M3 slayer.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ThomasP
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          Peter T
          • 3 Years Ago
          All it needs is the twin-turbo like the GT-R....
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Such a cool build, wonder if anyone has put a Juke motor into a Versa yet?
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the reason i still love Nissan ( despite their reliability going down the drain ) Many models have an optional motor that is basically the result of Nissan figuring out how large of a motor they can cram in the engine bay: Examples: Sentra with optional 2.5L motor. Altima with optional 3.5L motor.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        The only reliability issues they're having is with the oil cooling issues you see with the VQ37. I haven't really heard anything else unless you're talking about the number of recalls, which is about as much as any other manufacturer.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Some of the 350Z's had suspension issues when they first came out that resulted in premature/uneven tire wear. I believe there may have also been issues w/ the trans/differential, lthough that problem was limited. Also they were known to have oil consumption issues. My 06 350Z didn't have any of those issues and my Maximal were both trouble free. So I can't bad mouth their reliability. Their current model line, on the other hand......
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        The 3.5 actually fits in a Sentra engine bay too. Been done several times.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Peter T
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll be really impressed if it still be able to out perform some supercars. Watching a Juke outrun a Gallarado would be pretty funny.
        Lemon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter T
        Outrun in a straight line is cool, but outperform is a whole different story. I can't imagine this frankenstein vehicle is going to be a winner in the twisties.
          Kevlar
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lemon
          Why not? Sure, the CG might not be the lowest, but it has to weigh a LOT less than the GTR, and the shorter wheelbase will make it more nimble.
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks beautiful until they put the skin on it.
      Spartan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm lovin this Juke-R build. I can't wait to see the finaly product. In other news, funny how they put an emphasis on heat management, as Nissan engines are known for running a bit warm. The VQ37HR in my G37 generates quite a bit of heat without F/I.
        Litespeed Racing
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spartan
        My oil temps on my 370z run high too. I need an oil cooler!
        thepennyracer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spartan
        just realized you were talking about oil heat not general engine heat. nvm.
        thepennyracer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spartan
        i found running a CAI (and not a short ram) helped a lot with my VQ heat. You can also funnel air with a DIY job and plastic tubing running to the front, right behind the grill. it's a lot cheaper than doing a big intercooler job.
      gearhead18
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm really liking this Juke-R build. Not being overly bombarded or with info or having it drug out forever. Just enough to keep my interest piqued and waiting for the next segment.
      stever
      • 3 Years Ago
      impressive build! i wonder if it will serve its intended purpose ? ie. sell more Jukes
      dragonrage1191
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love this idea! I wonder who came up with the idea of "Hey! lets stick a GT-R engine and see how fast it goes?" Why can't all Auto manufacturers do stunts like this?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dragonrage1191
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dragonrage1191
        Most auto manufacturers HAVE done this. Ford built a Focus called the Focus RS8, which was a Ford Focus, converted to RWD (still on the same chassis) and powered by a Ford Racing 302 V8. GM Performance Parts and Hot Rod Magazine teamed up for an LS7 powered Pontiac Solstice. VW built the Golf GTI W12 650 Concept, which was powered by the same 6.0L W12 found in the Bentley Continental GT.
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