High-Performance Variant Of Juke Crossover Looks Like Deadmau5, Runs Like A Bau5
Today Jalopnik broke the story of Nissan’s latest contribution to their rapidly expanding lineup of wacky crossovers (have you seen the Murano CrossCabriolet?).
A couple copies of The Juke R, a high-performance variant of their decidedly unique looking Juke SUV-ish thing, have been brought online and will soon be released into the wild.
By a couple I mean, literally two- one right-hand-drive and one correct-hand-drive. So far.
Besides the wild widebody kit and steamroller wheels, the Juke R packs the already-legendary powerplant and drivetrain of the GT-R supercoupe to give it supercar performance to back up the polarizing style.
Due to the slightly (ahem, substantially) different weight/size layout the Juke has to the GT-R (it’s almost a foot shorter and yeah, a lot taller) I’m told the driving experience is a bit more unwieldy.
Effectively rendering it- a bit more awesome.
Appropriately, Nissan trotted this thing out in Dubai- that glimmering diamond of redundancy that has effectively established itself as the flamboyance capital of the world, where it mixed it up with a Ferrari, Lambo and SLS Merc.
Check out this dramatic clip for glimpse of how it went down:
Until this moment the Juke was a car I was on the fence about… is it awesome or wicked awesome?
Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so, because sources are claiming the Arabs who saw the Juke R in action were so stoked on it some were offering crazy money to buy it on the spot.
Of course they did. Have you seen what those Dubaians get up to with cars?
Ten points to any American who can correctly identify that Nissan in the picture, by the way.
It looks like Nissan is inclined to oblige the acquiesce of the Arabian enthusiasts because hey- you throw enough dirhams at something and it just might happen.
For us mere mortals, Nissan is considering a Nismo version of the Juke to provide a lively alternative to the fun-but-not-fast crossover.
Personally I hope they just run with the Juke R so I can pick one up and run circles around all those ML63′s my mums friends drive to yoga.
Do yourself a favor and check out the Jalopnik photo gallery of this beast, then start pawing through the YouTube clips (of which there are many) and start working on your “please” letter to Nissan.