The Nissan Juke Nismo has just made its world debut. Nissan chose the 2012 Le Mans 24 hour race (13th-17th June) as the location for the unveiling. Sitting alongside the Juke Nismo on the Nissan stand will be the monstrous Juke-R and the unusual Nissan Deltawing race car. The Nissan Juke Nismo was first revealed in concept form back in November. And from the looks of it not much has altered on the way to production.
The Nissan Juke Nismo is powered by an upgraded version of the car’s standard 1.6 litre direct injection tubocharged four cylinder. In addition it features stiffer suspension, more direct steering and improved traction control. The Juke Nismo will also offer torque vectoring, which improves cornering and grip, as an option.
The exterior of the Nissan Juke Nismo is treated to a number of aerodynamic aids and sporty graphics. The Juke Nismo features lower front and rear bumpers, wider wings and sill side skirts, and a modified grille and tailgate spoiler which control airflow. These aerodynamic enhancements have been engineered to reduce front and rear lift without increasing drag. Multispoke 18-inch wheels fit nicely under the wider arches and complete the exterior upgrades.
On the inside the Nissan Juke Nismo features a few styling touches designed to complement the sportier exterior. The steering wheel, pedals, gauges, gear knob and door trims have been redesigned for the car. While special suede-trimmed Nismo sports seats with red stitching have been added for increased lateral support while cornering.
Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President Global Product Planning, says “The introduction of Juke Nismo further cements our dedication to provide innovation and excitement for everyone. The Juke, with its radical design and pioneering attitude, is the natural choice to be one of the first Nissan models to receive the mythical performance and distinctive design treatment from our Nismo specialists.”
The Nissan Juke Nismo will available in the US, Europe and Japan.