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JUKE-R: PAVING THE WAY FOR THE JUKE NISMO Extreme. That's the only way to describe the model that re-wrote the rule book on so many aspects of the crossover. Proving
the performance credentials of Juke once and for all, the Juke-R is a
success story like no other in Nissan's history. Initially intended to
be a one-off concept car, reaction was unprecedented from the moment the
covers first came off. Interest
from potential customers turned quickly into genuine demand and a
limited production run of cars was given the green light. Juke-R is the
ultimate Juke, a wild and ultra-exclusive performance-oriented crossover
for hardcore supercar enthusiasts. With a price tag starting from
€500,000, the Juke-R is the ultimate halo model. The
Juke-R story only began a year ago, in January 2012 in Dubai when it
made its debut as a concept. With the modified underpinnings of a Nissan
GT-R under a muscular, re-sculpted Juke bodyshell, the car was
completely unique. A YouTube sensation, footage of the car in action has
to date been viewed more than five million times. Darren
Cox, Nissan's Director, Global Motorsports, explained: "People loved
the Juke-R in Dubai - we were receiving offers for the original concept
on the street. We couldn't disappoint such dedicated fans, so with three
genuine offers on the table we made the commitment to build a limited
run of Juke-Rs." Work
then began to transform the concept into a road car. Built by UK-based
motorsports outfit RML with advice from Nissan Technical Centre Europe
(NTCE), the Juke-R uses the GT-R supercar's drivetrain and suspension
along with an FIA-specification roll cage. Thanks
to the expertise of NTCE, the production version is more powerful than
the concept, producing 545bhp from its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine.
Thrilling performance is guaranteed, with 0-62mph estimated to take only
3.0 seconds and a maximum speed of 170mph. In
addition to these technical enhancements, Juke-R #001 also received a
new look thanks to input from the experts at Nissan Design Europe (NDE)
in London. Digital Team Manager Darryl Scriven explained: "The Juke-R's
bumpers and side sills were redesigned, which is normally a very long
process using full size models in clay. However, we managed to condense
the development time using full-size viewing on our new 3D-ready
projector and power wall, maintaining a fully digital process while
providing a true supercar quality finish." Design
refinements include more definition to the front bumper, and new carbon
trim on the front and rear cooling vents and the rear aero diffuser.
The result is a car with pure performance DNA. Every
Nissan Juke-R is being built to order and the exact price will depend
on the specification requested by each customer. The first cars have now
been delivered to customers.
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