Nismo’s taken its motorsport wizardry to the B-segment where it will work its magic on Nissan’s Juke.
The Juke Nismo, with its track-inspired styling and beefed-up performance and handling thanks to a bespoke aerodynamics package and revised suspension settings, now adds something even more desirable than Nissan’s Juke R to the mini crossover segment.
This Juke is powered by an uprated version of Nissan’s 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged engine, already featured in the line-up and also used to great effect in Nissan’s DeltaWing project.
You’ve seen this before, haven’t you?
The Juke Nismo made its first appearance as a concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, before making its debut in production form at the 2012 Le Mans 24-Hour Race. It is on sale now to selected European markets where two versions of the Juke Nismo will be offered – a front-wheel drive model with a six-speed manual transmission and an all-wheel drive option with CVT.
Compared with the standard Juke, the changes to the front add a lower, more aggressive design with a horizontal mesh grille, fog lamps have been replaced with an LED daytime running light strip.
Red is used as an accent colour with on the Juke’s exterior and inside its cabin. Dark colours are used throughout the interior that is redesigned to be ‘performance-oriented’ for the driver. Redesigned front seats trimmed in grey suede add additional lateral support.
Eighteen-inch light-alloy wheels shod with widers tyres add to this Nismo’s dynamic sparkle. More than that, the suspension settings have been completely overhauled to provide greater traction, improved body response and less body roll.
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Motivation comes from Nissan’s reworked four-cylinder 1.6-litre DIG-T petrol engine where both power and torque have been increased from 140 to 147kW and from 240 to 250Nm, respectively.
And now for those all-important performance indices: the manual Juke Nismo goes from 0 – 100kph in 7.8 seconds and has a top speed of 215kph. The CVT version, on the other hand, accelerates from 0 – 100kph in 8.2 seconds and tops out at 200kph.
Andy Palmer, Nissan’s executive vice president for global product planning, said: ‘Nismo is about providing innovation and excitement for everyone, and there’s no better place to start than with the Juke.
‘Oozing an attitude that has really struck a chord with buyers across Europe, it was the obvious choice for the Nismo team to showcase its design, engineering and personalisation expertise.’
The Nismo Juke, we have been informed, has ‘not been confirmed yet’ for South Africa.