The insane automotive concoction that is the Juke R has been doing its thing, beating the doors off supercars, or at the very least giving them a run for their collective money.

If you recall, this Nissan creation may have the body of a nimble runabout crossover, but it rides on a hacked-up GT-R chassis. With its fire-breathing 485-horsepower twin-turbo V6 and stupendously advanced all-wheel-drive system, the Juke R is Godzilla in black sheep's clothing.

To see where this high-powered grocery-getter really stacks up in the supercar world, Car and Driver matched the Juke-R head-to-head with one of the best in the game; the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Car and Driver European correspondent Jethro Bovingdon hopped behind the wheel of the mad crossover first. In Bovingdon's words "everywhere you look, and everything you touch is GT-R, but you are in a Juke and about two feet higher." He is delightfully pleased with the ride, and says its even more aggressive than the Juke-R, due to the short wheelbase.

Bovingdon point to the extra weight as a potential issue in high-speed runs, but concedes that the Juke-R is "a massive amount of fun."

By comparison, the 911 GT2 RS is a stripped-down, rear-wheel-drive, 611-horsepower monster, operated via a traditional six-speed manual. Its a purist's car, stacked up against a high-tech, all-wheel-drive Frankenstein.

The GT2 RS, in comparison to the Juke R, can be unruly in wet conditions. With traction control off, effort was made to warm up the tires. Did it pay off? You're just going to have to watch the video below to find out which car is faster in the C/D test.


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      Malou H
      • 2 Years Ago
      its a limited edition example Leon. you weren't going to get one to start. stop crying. It cost way more to divert to building a few somethings that give u no money. Plz Study economics.
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      $500k for this p.o... and people say the Fiat Abarth is ugly......hello.
      Porsche
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love love love love the camera work! The most amazing work on an amazing car review I have ever seen. The way that ass looked on that gt2 was just beautifully out of this world. Cars always compared to the best of the best!! PORSCHE...There is no substitute
      apwoz
      • 2 Years Ago
      @leon did you watch any of the videos? the Jukes are nearly completely hand built by a dedicated team of mechanics to modify the systems from the GTR scale to the smaller Juke Scale
      Dump
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful video! Main reason why I love watching these comparos....filmography is just so exciting. Seriously, very clear the GT2-RS was going to murder the Juke-R in overall performance. The Juke-R is polarizing because it was so "unexpected" --- the final execution of a backroom daydream session is really on the road today...that's what keeps the car industry exciting. It take a pre-owned Juke-R just so I can see how people react to seeing it - and then seeing me humble most of the average sport(y) cars on the road today in a "hotted-up" factory Nissan Juke. But the shear performance of the Juke-R is great. Don't know about the price though.
      Sorten Borten
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Bovingdon point to the extra weight as a potential issue in high-speed runs" Weight has almost no effect on top speed.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Leon Kace
      • 2 Years Ago
      $590,000 for that....I'm still tripping, I can't believe the folks at Nissan, I want to know how they came up with that number. Here are some price break downs of the GT-R since its launch, prices are going up.... [All prices in US Dollars not including destination charges] 2008MY Nissan GT-R Base: $69,850 2008MY Nissan GT-R Premium: $71,900 2009MY Nissan GT-R Base: $76,840 (+$6,990) 2009MY Nissan GT-R Premium: $79,090 (+$7,190) 2010MY Nissan GT-R Base: $80,790 (+$3,950 2010MY Nissan GT-R Premium: $83,040 (+$3,950) 2011MY Nissan GT-R Premium: $84,060 (+$1,020) 2012MY Nissan GT-R Premium: $89,950 (+$5,890) 2012MY Nissan GT-R Black Edition: $95,100 (New Model) 2013MY Nissan GT-R Premium: $96,820 (+$6,870) 2013MY Nissan GT-R Black Edition: $106,320 (+$11,200)
      Leon Kace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait! did I hear him right, limited production of the Juke-R for over $500K a piece...? that's madness wow nissan that's complete madness! its just a GT-R in a Juke body, and it can even keep up with the big boys. Why on earth would someone pay that much for this car? Hey Juke-R go back to the kids table, this game here is for adults! I'll like to know which "supercar" the Juke-R beat the doors off of, cos the last vid I saw this thing can't even keep up with the GT-R that it is based off...and over $500K a piece...MADNESS!
        Yeah yeah
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Leon Kace
        It's not like they built it for production and priced that way. They built it for promotional purposes, and some rich Dubai sheik types said "I must have one of these, how much should I make out the check for?" And Nissan said, "Well, it wasn't planned for production, but if you really want it that badly were could throw together a handful of them and sell them to you guys for $500K apiece if you want."
      • 2 Years Ago
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        breakfastburrito
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's ignorance to blame the designers. The Pontiac Aztec product brief, was to use a minivan, raise the ride height, keep the same size wheels, add SUV detailing and unique features, and stay true to the pontiac design language. Anybody who says they could've done better, has no idea what they're talking about. Only at the supercar level, do designers call the shots.
          Anon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @breakfastburrito
          It's total ignorance to blame breakfastburrito for his **** comment. For the Pontiac Aztek, the designers were forced to build a minivan with increased ride height but arbitrarily needing to keep economy-car sized wheels. However, they wanted it to have SUV-like details and features, because obviously people like anything SUV-related, while maintaining the god-awful Pontiac design language. If you say you can do better than the Aztek, given these constraints, you are insane because according to breakfastburrito, the Aztek was the only possible design. Only at the preschool level, do breakfastburrito's comments make sense.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      mikemaj82
      • 2 Years Ago
      the silly japanese need to learn that torque is where it's at.
        Redline
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        I suppose stupid F1 also need to learn that. And all those dumbasses on MotoGP bikes. What wrong with them. /S
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        Silly Japanese. Building a car like the GTR that runs to 60 in less than 3 seconds and a top speed nearing 200mph in a car that's relatively heavy. Clearly they don't know what they're doing.
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