Nissan has hinted at a high-performance version of the Juke if public reaction to this wild 480bhp GT-R-based concept is positive.
The Juke-R – confirmed by Nissan today after a great deal of speculation last week – is fitted with the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine from Nissan’s flagship GT-R, and also uses a modified version of the coupe’s 4WD driveline, plus its six-speed transaxle.
Although the Japanese manufacturer says this car itself is not destined for production, it adds that the Juke-R is a "one-off concept to test the public’s reaction to a seriously sporty Juke". The Juke is currently offered with 1.6-litre and 1.6-litre turbo petrol units and a 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel powerplant.
Paul Wilcox, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Nissan in Europe, said: “Juke lends itself perfectly to a sports derivative and Juke-R explores that territory. It showcases two of the most exciting cars in our range and highlights the technical innovation that drives Nissan.”