Nissan launching limited run 545 HP Juke-R [Video]
When the Juke-R made its global debut in Dubai earlier this year in January, the 3.8-liter,160 mph concept car attracted enormous attention. Nissan received three orders for cars to be built, and Nissan says two have come from a well-respected member of Dubai society. Nissan announced today the official production of the Juke-R.
The production cars will still use a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that comes in a GT-R supercar, but the new Juke-R will get a much more powerful engine from the latest 2013 GT-R. The concept car produced a measly 485 horsepower, while the new Juke-R will pump out a mind-numbing 545 horsepower. The car is said to still have a top speed of 160 mph like the concept, but with the additional horsepower, it could be even more.
The announcement by Nissan said the Juke-R crossover will be made available to buy in a very limited run on a build-to-order basis. Nissan will be taking orders to build more of the super crossover’s upon request in the next four weeks.
Gareth Dunsmore, Marketing Product Manager for the Juke, said: "The Juke-R was originally intended as a one-off concept to marry two of Nissan's most innovative models. But the reaction we had to the car in Dubai was amazing - people were making offers for the original on the street!
The original Juke-R was based on the MY10 GT-R running gear, but the new 545 horsepower model will feature the updated drivetrain and chassis from the MY12 GT-R. The GT-R drivetrain will have to be shoehorned in to the Juke-R somehow by engineers, and should prove to be a challenge since the GT-R has a shorter but wider overall footprint than the Juke.