Each model will be built to order using model year 2012 drivetrain components, meaning there's a modest bump in power – 545 horsepower versus the original Juke-R's 480. As you may recall, the first Juke-R used bits cannibalized from a 2010 GT-R. How much will the machine cost? Nissan isn't saying, but we'd be willing to bet the Juke-R will carry an MSRP a bit higher than the GT-R.
With 545 horsepower crammed into the quirky lines of the Juke, the machine is unlike anything else on the road. Nissan has also worked up a quick video to commemorate the production announcement. The clip focuses on the showdown between the Juke-R and several supercars in Dubai. Scroll down to check it out alongside the full press release.
Nissan to build limited run of genre-busting 545bhp, 160mph car
Performance of unique supercar crossover in Dubai filming sparks demand for thrilling concept to
be made available to select customers
New Juke-Rs will be even more powerful than original concept car
Cinematic online movie starring Juke-R launched to coincide with announcement
LONDON, United Kingdom (Thursday, 3 May, 2012) – Nissan has announced that its innovative Juke-R crossover will be made available to buy in a very limited run on build-to-order basis.
The 3.8-litre, 160mph Juke-R made its global debut in Dubai in January this year, attracting enormous attention and, as a result, Nissan has now received firm orders for three cars to be built. Two have come from a high-profile and well-respected member of Dubai society.
Nissan will build more Juke-Rs upon request and will be taking orders in the coming four weeks, before production starts in earnest.
While the original Juke-R was based on the MY10 GT-R running gear, the run of new cars will benefit from featuring the drivetrain and chassis of the MY12 GT-R and, with the build of the first cars underway, the first three cars will be delivered to their new owners in late summer.
Gareth Dunsmore, Marketing Product Manager for the Juke, said: "The Juke-R was originally intended as a one-off concept to marry two of Nissan's most innovative models. But the reaction we had to the car in Dubai was amazing – people were making offers for the original on the street!
"With such a strong reaction, and with three genuine offers on the table, we decided we had to make the car a reality. We can't let down enthusiasts who are this keen to add to their collection of cars. The Juke-R has become something of a phenomenon and I'm enormously proud of the impact it has had. There will be more news to come on Juke later in the year."
Anyone wishing to register an interest in purchasing Nissan's most innovative Crossover yet should contact Juke-R@Nissan.co.uk.
To coincide with the announcement, Nissan is also launching a cinematic online movie today at http://www.facebook.com/NissanJukeOfficial, in which the Juke-R stars.
Desert Nemesisfollows Nissan's inaugural GT Academy winner, Lucas Ordonez, as he takes on the world's best supercars in a thrilling street race, reminiscent of the 'Need for Speed' movies.
In Desert Nemesis, award-winning film director, Rob Kaplan, captured the noise and excitement generated by the muscular Juke-R and a street race against its loudest, most acclaimed adversaries.
Weaving together the cinematic scenes of a high-production movie and raw footage of the gamer-turned-professional racer taking on the world's most exciting, road-legal cars through the roads of Dubai's exclusive International Marina Club, Kaplan gives us the opportunity to see the Juke-R find its place among the world's elite.
Spaniard, Ordonez, became a professional racing driver thanks to Nissan's hugely-innovative GT Academy partnership with Sony in 2008. He made his debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours with Nissan in 2011 and will return to La Sarthe on June 16/17 with class-winning Nissan-powered team, Greaves Motorsport.
In the run-up to the film launch on May 3, several teaser trailers have been released through Nissan's Facebook and YouTube channels, offering the audience 'behind-the-scenes' footage of one of the automotive industry's bravest, boldest productions.