It's hard to find more giggles for your crossover dollar than the Juke – regardless of how you feel about the way it looks, the singularly styled nichemobile from Nissan is very entertaining to drive. Yet we've always felt that the platform had more in it, and evidently its Japanese parent agrees, having recently bracketed the googly-eyed turbocharged CUV with a new Nismo model and the barking mad built-to-order Juke R. At present, neither the Juke Nismo or the GT-R-powered Juke R are sold in North America, but the former has already been confirmed for sale here.

Even when it does reach our shores, there will still be a heck of a lot of whitespace between the mild performance upgrades of the standard Nismo and the half-mill R model, and to hear the UK's Car tell it, Nissan has plans to plug that gap, too. According to its report, the automaker will shortly offer a Juke Nismo RC that will have roughly 20 horsepower more than the basic Nismo (which itself has 197 hp, nine more than the base Juke). The RC will apparently feature a lower, stiffer suspension, upgraded brakes and a unique exhaust and intake for a snarlier soundtrack. Both front-and all-wheel drive models are planned, as are manual and CVT transmission choices.

No word yet on the RC's pricing or even North American availability, but the regular-strength Juke Nismo is expected to arrive shortly, and Nissan is also said to have big plans for its performance nameplate, so we wouldn't rule it out.

Car has already gotten its mitts on a few early prototypes of the RC, and if you're interested in hearing what they think, you can read more by checking out the link below.


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      mark
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is one UGLY vehicle or thing?. You cant's change UGLY, even with a GTR motor it's still UGLY..
      The Other Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      That thing is Aztec Horrible.
        tinted up
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Other Bob
        A lot of customers want something polarizing and the sales figures are proving it.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Legend
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why the ****?
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      And it's still one of the ugliest vehicles on the market today.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
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      Codeman
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I had to describe this car with one word, it would be "ugly".
      gregorycalise
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uglier than a Pontiac Aztec. This is probably the biggest eye sore on our roads. Thankfully I've only seen a few.
      desoto4jsb
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like everything about my Juke except the CVT, if I could still drive a stick I would have bought that. Juke is alot of car for the money, fun to drive, and I don't need your nasty comments.
        mark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desoto4jsb
        The poor resale don't lie.
          tinted up
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mark
          Poor resale? The residual values are actually pretty good compared to most mainstream brands...
        David
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desoto4jsb
        The stick-shift was quite easy and forgiving, I thought. I had no beefs with it.
      mookieblaylock
      • 1 Year Ago
      so stupid, add 20 hp and they think it's somehow more interesting do not want ugly pig
      Christopher Carey
      • 1 Year Ago
      It needs it's parking lights and headlights fixed. Really messed up.
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the most fun most ugly cars out there. I had one for a rental and it always put a smile on my face.... when I was inside looking out that is. To bad it wouldn\'t take much tweaking to fix it\'s appearance.
      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      The engine is smooth, but the turbo-lag is pronounced! The fuel tank is tiny, and the fuel-economy is poor. Consequently, the range is minuscule. The interior is really junky, and there are squeaks/rattles galore. The seats are not comfortable either. These are the reasons why I got rid of mine after 12 months.
        mark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David
        why get t on the first place? Live and learn i guess..
          David
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mark
          Certain things are only realized with ownership, not in a 10 min test drive. It has many good attributes too. Fortunately, this kind of mistake is of the sort one doesn't have to live with.
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