October 25, 2011 at 6:18pm by Alexander Stoklosa
Earlier this month, Nissan Europe revealed that it was building a two-off—one left-hand-drive, the other a right-hooker—Juke stuffed with Nissan GT-R running gear. It christened the tiny beast Juke-R. Nissan subsequentlyposted several YouTube videos of the build, before finally unveiling the finished car to unsuspecting attendees at a Nissan crossover launch event in Spain.
How did it turn out? The completed Juke-R looks as mean and wild as it did in Nissan’s preliminary concept sketches, if not more so. Wearing a coat of dark graphite paint, seriously wide fender flares, flowing rocker panels, a rear wing, and GT-R wheels, it’s nothing if not outrageous. But the over-the-top approach works; why stuff the GT-R’s 485-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 engine and all-wheel-drive system into a humble Juke and then try to downplay it? Intriguingly, Nissan Europe says it will begin testing the Juke-R next month. It’s a bit unclear what that means—can we suggest limited production?—but here’s hoping the company sees fit to at least release a YouTube video of the über Juke in action.