The Nissan Juke-R is a model that isn’t even headed to production but is generating a lot of buzz. The street legal Juke-R uses the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo charged V6 engine found in the Nissan GT-R, a sports coupe that despite being a niche model, won the Motor Trend’s 2009 Car of the Year award.
But for the lucky few to drive the Juke-R, a one-off concept version of the Juke, they get to experience what Nissan describes as “The fastest, most exciting and daring compact crossover in the world.”
With its curvy shape and small cargo area, the Juke is a model that already favors sport over utility. The Juke-R takes the unique shape of the model to a whole new level with a unique split rear wing, revised rear bumpers, flared wheel arches, and 20” alloy rims. The interior also has changes with a new dashboard, interior controls, twin race-seats with five-point harnesses, and a visible.
To handle the massive 480 horsepower produced by the engine, the Juke-R also has enhanced structural rigidity and all-wheel drive (AWD). This compares to a 1.6-liter turbocharged 188 horsepower engine in the Juke, in which AWD is optional. Considering the 2012 Nissan GT-R has a starting price of nearly $100,000, the Juke-R would be a relative performance bargain. But it seems wise that Nissan would not mass produce a $100,000 Juke.
The Ultimate Performance Crossover
With a 0-60 time under 4 seconds, the Nissan Juke-R is the World’s fastest crossover with the power to take on the best supercars from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. See how the Juke-R fared in a race against the Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in the video below.