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Nissan News: Nissan Introduces A Madder Juke-R

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If you thought the Nissan Juke-R NISMO was mad with 545 horsepower via the twin-turbo V6 from GT-R, then you ain't seen nothing yet. Today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K., Nissan has introduced a more powerful Juke-R.

 

Called Juke-R 2.0, the vehicle boasts a more powerful twin-turbo V6 with 600 horsepower from the Nissan GT-R NISMO. There are other changes such as revised bodywork from the current Juke, larger air intakes, and bumpers made out of carbon fiber.

 

Nissan is keeping quiet on performance specs for the Juke-R 2.0, but we wouldn't be surprised if the new version is slightly faster than the first Juke-R. We'll find out how fast 2.0 is when it does the Goodwill Hill Climb this weekend.

 

Source: Nissan

 

 

Press Release is on Page 2


 

Jun. 25, 2015

 

The Nissan JUKE-R gets an exciting upgrade: Introducing the JUKE-R 2.0

  • Nissan upgrades its legendary original JUKE-R Crossover supercar
  • The JUKE-R 2.0 concept makes its global dynamic debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK
  • Drawing on impressive performance from the GT-R, the JUKE-R 2.0 will reach 600bhp
  • LM P1 driver and GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough to showcase the JUKE-R 2.0 up the famous Goodwood hill
  • Launched this Summer to kick start the fifth anniversary of the Nissan JUKE


WEST SUSSEX, England – The birth of the Nissan JUKE-R set a benchmark in 2011 as the world's first Crossover supercar, marrying Nissan's innovative JUKE with the engine and running gear from the legendary Nissan GT-R – the brand's flagship sportscar. Now, four years on, JUKE-R has been given an exciting upgrade to reflect the latest model of the JUKE coupled with even more power and bolder styling. Welcome the JUKE-R 2.0.
The global debut of the JUKE-R 2.0 will take place at the thrilling annual Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 25 on the Nissan stand before being displayed in the Supercar Paddock for the remainder of the weekend.
Visitors at Goodwood, along with those watching the spectacular event on television, will also witness the JUKE-R 2.0 make its dynamic debut on Goodwood's Hillclimb on all three days of the event, driven by Nissan GT Academy graduate and Le Mans 24 Hours driver Jann Mardenborough.
Based on the updated Nissan JUKE that launched in Europe in 2014 – which features several significant design and technical enhancements – the JUKE-R 2.0 has been injected with further levels of GT-R testosterone to now reach 600hp. Still sporting the iconic “R” matte black, the JUKE-R 2.0 is an even more muscular, bolder and powerful version of its predecessor.
"The JUKE-R has become an iconic Crossover supercar, and with the launch of the latest JUKE model last year, it was the natural choice to upgrade the original JUKE-R with added power and even bolder styling,” said Gareth Dunsmore, Marketing Communications general manager for Nissan Europe. “The JUKE-R 2.0 is a perfect ‘crossover' of the best bits of Nissan – real innovation showcasing our crossover prowess fused with the excitement of the GT-R supercar engine."
Soon to celebrate the JUKE's fifth anniversary of production, the JUKE-R 2.0 arrives in time to celebrate the birthday of Europe's best-loved compact crossover. With over 600,000 sales across Europe since initially launched in 2010, the JUKE continues to highlight Nissan's position as crossover leaders, alongside the award winning Qashqai and adventure-inspiring X-Trail.

 


Nissan JUKE-R 2.0 Specifications
The JUKE-R was based on the original JUKE production car launched in 2010. The JUKE-R 2.0 is based on the newer JUKE model launched in Europe in 2014, to which there were several significant design changes and also technical enhancements. One of these elements was the extensive personalization options introduced based on customers' desire. There was also a new lamp shape, LED running lights and LED bulbs in the taillights to give a fresh appearance, while new door mirrors incorporate LED side turn repeaters. The new Nissan V-motion grille at the front is a further feature.

 

Specific updates/features on the Nissan JUKE-R 2.0 include:
Bodywork

  • Front bumper: heavily redesigned both aesthetically and functionally. The cooling apertures in the front bumper are increased in size by over 100 percent due to increased engine cooling demand as the vehicle now runs with an uprated 600 bhp engine. The bumper is manufactured from 100 percent carbon fiber
  • Rear bumper: manufactured entirely from carbon fiber, but incorporates a visual carbon diffuser. The bumper will have new exhaust cowlings; these are manufactured from high temperature carbon
  • The rear winglets are now of a one piece carbon fiber design with a visual carbon finish
  • The front fenders are new shape 2015 JUKE and from standard steel
  • The front and rear fender wheel arch flares are new carbon pieces blended in to the bumper and sill designs
  • The side sills are a tweaked aesthetic design, manufactured from carbon fiber
  • The front headlights, upper and lower, are from the new 2015 JUKE
  • The taillights are also from the 2015 JUKE
  • The hood is from the new 2015 JUKE and has integrated bare carbon engine cooling ducts; these are slightly repositioned from the previous JUKE-R to further improve engine and turbo cooling
  • The JUKE-R 2.0 uses the newer design GT-R wheels rather than the previous version
  • Color is matte black as before


Interior

  • No change, other than roof lining is now black


Engine

  • The GT-R engine has been uprated to 600 bhp, the same output as the ultimate GT-R, the NISMO


Electronics

  • The headlights, taillights and daytime running lights (DRLs) required the wiring looms of the original car to be updated to accommodate Nissan's latest lighting technology


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I'm not too keen on the looks of the standard Juke, but this one looks really nice. Loving the matte paint and the sporty looks of it.

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The Juke is a ugly car.  Not really that spacious either, the backs of them are pretty small.

 

Why would anyone want a 600 hp Juke?  This is a classic case of how more power doesn't always make it better.

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The Juke is a ugly car.  Not really that spacious either, the backs of them are pretty small.

 

Why would anyone want a 600 hp Juke?  This is a classic case of how more power doesn't always make it better.

 

The same reason why we get a BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE - Because we can.

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Part of the fun of the Juke is how much it confuses people. It's different and fun. The back seat isn't terribly usable, so it's not really for families. It's not a hypermile car. It's quirky and fun. The regular Juke is reasonable on gas. It's a great single person runabout, for the single person who wants something different.

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The Juke is a ugly car.  Not really that spacious either, the backs of them are pretty small.

 

Why would anyone want a 600 hp Juke?  This is a classic case of how more power doesn't always make it better.

 

The same reason why we get a BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE - Because we can.

 

Not that those many any sense either, but since coupes are going away (Monte Carlo, Thunderbird, Solara, Riviera all gone) and  new cars are being made sedan only, we start seeing all these "4-door" coupe styling and since crossovers are the rage, I guess I see why some would buy a coupe-like crossover.  Even though I personally think that body style is pointless.

 

600 hp in a Juke is like a 500 hp Malibu or Camry, there is no point.  The type of people that would buy a Malibu or Camry would never drive a 500 hp car.  If you want 600 hp, go buy a GT-R that is actually made to go fast.

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