What is it?
For now, it's the closest you'll get to the matte-black Nissan GT-R-engined Juke-R we've all watched tearing around various urban wastelands on YouTube.
The Juke Nismo RS sits at the top of the Juke range, replacing the now defunct Nismo model that topped the range before the Juke was face-lifted last year. Specifically, this is the front-wheel-drive manual version, which trumps the all-wheel-drive auto version for power and torque.
Power is up from the previous Nismo's to 215bhp, while torque is better, too, at 207lb ft. The RS also gets a stiffer chassis, larger front brake discs and more equipment, while the manual - unlike its auto stablemate - gets a mechanical limited slip differential.
We've already driven the AWD version on ice, now it's time to see how the manual FWD takes to UK roads.
What's it like?
The old FWD Nismo model was disappointing when pushed hard, mainly because it felt like a car that was struggling to contain its new-found power. Simple as that.
The amount of power available was never an issue, and still isn't, but the way it's delivered continues to frustrate. You see, the thick end of the turbocharged 1.6's 215bhp is at 6000rpm, while the bulk of the torque is felt between 3600 and 4800rpm, meaning this is an engine and gearbox combo that has to be worked hard to access the best bands.
Even so, put up with the booming engine in front of you, the curious exhaust note from behind and the Alcantara-clad wheel squirming in your hands, and the manual's claimed seven-second dash to 62mph certainly feels achievable.
Into turns there's some play in the Nismo RS's steering around the straight ahead and there's little communication from it, but it does feel more consistently weighted than before. Body control is probably slighter better, too, and the enhanced brakes provide more than enough stopping power.
There's still too much body roll, though; the RS's inside front wheel becomes light, and even feeding in the power early causes it to spin up and break traction. Ultimately, in the midst of the wheel writhing, it's hard to determine when the new differential really takes hold at all.