Nissan’s crossbreeding experiment with the quirky little Juke and the mighty GT-R was meant to be a one-off showstopper. However when it made its world debut in Dubai there were so many serious inquiries about purchasing the Juke-R that Nissan has now decided to put the vehicle into production, albeit in small numbers.
Powered by the GT-R’s 3.8 litre twin-turbo engine, the Juke-R tears up the road with 545 horsepower being channeled through all four wheels. The main difference between the initial showcar and the production vehicles is the fact the original was based on a 2010 Juke and the new vehices will be built on 2012 Juke platforms.
Nissan will build Juke-Rs upon request and will be taking orders over the next four weeks, before production starts in earnest. Construction of the first cars is already underway, and the first three cars will be delivered to their new owners in late summer.
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!
“With such a strong reaction, and with three genuine offers on the table, we decided we had to make the car a reality. We can’t let down enthusiasts who are this keen to add to their collection of cars. The Juke-R has become something of a phenomenon and I’m enormously proud of the impact it has had. There will be more news to come on Juke later in the year.”
To accompany the annoucement of the Juke-R’s production run, Nissan also created a short movie called ‘Desert Nemesis’, which sees the Juke-R pitted against some of the world’s most most expensive supercars. The storyline is
absurd, and the narrator’s voice is the perfect example of what movie’s from the Fast and Furious would sound like if they had running commentary to accompany the pathetic storylines and ridiculous overacting. But it does at least show the Juke-R being thrown around a ficticious Dubai circuit against some high-end exotica.