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All I Want For Xmas: Nissan's JUKE-R

Posted: October 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Auto News, Concept Car, Grilled, Nissan | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on All I Want For Xmas: Nissan's JUKE-R

The marriage of Nissan and Renault has seen the pair produce some pretty nifty crossover designs, this however has to take the cake. This combination, hybridization of two diametrically opposed design houses has worked out rather nicely, thank you very much. Nissan in it’s effort to stay ahead of the current dullness out there in the motoring world is building two Juke-R concept cars. The tiny pocket rockets will be kitted with an all-wheel-drive drive-train and a heart stopping 480 bhp 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, the same motor hiding inside the Nissan GT-R supercar, ouch. The cars are being built by RML for Nissan Technical Centre for Europe (NTC-E) with a view to testing the public’s reaction to a seriously sporty Juke. CONSIDER IT TESTED! Juke-R is all I want for Christmas thanks!

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The performance of the tiny super-city car is not yet known, but given the horsepower and dimensions of the vehicle, it will no doubt be one of the fastest accelerating roadcars in existence. There’s also just a hint that should reaction be positive, it just might eventuate as a production model. If produced, and that’s a big “if”, the Juke-R could be a pointer to supercars of the future which are designed to offer remarkable acceleration and swift city transport – this indeed may be the first of a new genre of car – the “super city car.”

We love Nissan’s thinking outside the box, they certainly know how to do clever. No commitments have been made to produce the vehicles, though it is producing two such vehicles, one each in right-hand-drive and left-hand-drive which will be used to evaluate public opinion. The cars are being produced for Nissan by RML and will be fully road legal. The highly modified Juke will include the GT-R’s six-speed transaxle, with the front and rear ends joined by a modified GT-R 4WD driveline and prop shaft.

The ubercompact Juke crossover has been a sales smash hit thoughout Europe where more than 100,000 units have been sold in the first twelve months. Nissan’s growing marketing flare is growing even more daring with the construction of the model, which is expected to be seen at the Tokyo Motor Show in December.

Should the Juke-R ever ever tread the floor of a showroom, it will be an interesting twist on luxury motoring, where roads will be far more congested than we ever imagined they could be. Aparrently, the Juke’s commuter dashboard is to be reworked to supercar status with all the pedestrian style dials becoming the customisable LCD gauging of the GT-R. The Juke’s “motorcycle tank” center console has been retained and used as a centrepeice of a race style interior with two race-seats, each with five-point safety harnesses and a visible roll cage that is used partly to comply with FIA safety standards and partly for the additional rigidity required to keep the jet-powered projectile pointed roughly in the right direction.

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