Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Nissan Juke R ready for first delivery

We haven't heard much about the Nissan Juke-R since the hyper-performance crossover was confirmed for production, but with the first example on its way to a very wealthy customer, Nissan has given us a look at Juke-R No. 001. This GT-R in a Juke's skin was originally built as a one-off concept vehicle, and now this white Juke-R is the first of only a "handful" of models that Nissan is planning to build.

As expected, the production version of the souped-up Juke is a bit more powerful than the concept version displayed earlier this year. Using the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 from the 2013 GT-R, the Juke-R will be rated at the same 545 horsepower rather than the 480 hp the Juke-R Concept had with the 2012 GT-R mill under the hood. Nissan says this will give the Juke-R a top speed of 170 miles per hour with the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in under three seconds.

This is the first time we've seen live images of the Juke-R in white, and the lighter coloring helps show off a few of the changes Nissan made to the exterior design. After announcing that the supercrossover would be built, Nissan looked to its European design team to fine tune the Juke-R's styling. These changes include slight tweaks being made to the front and rear fascias, redesigned side sills and wheels grabbed from the 2013 GT-R.

Nissan did announce the starting price of 400,000 euros (close to $521,000), but for those of us who can't afford this kind of money, the Juke-R will be in a new mobile game called Asphalt 7: Heat available on iPhone and Android devices.

From AutoBlog.Com