If you thought Nissan meant business with the last Juke-R mini-crossover, wait until you hear about its new updated 2.0 version that’s debuting this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. The Juke-R 2.0 concept is fittingly packing a new 600-horsepower GT-R Nismo engine. Need we say more.
“The Juke-R has become an iconic Crossover supercar, and with the launch of the latest Juke model last year, it was the natural choice to upgrade the original Juke-R with added power and even bolder styling. The Juke-R 2.0 is a perfect ‘crossover’ of the best bits of Nissan – real innovation showcasing our crossover prowess fused with the excitement of the GT-R supercar engine,” says Gareth Dunsmore, Marketing Communications general manager for Nissan Europe.
The new Juke-R 2.0 is based on the updated Juke that launched last year in Europe. It features the new design updates and technical improvements of the new Juke, but under the hood it gets that uprated Nismo GT-R 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 engine we mentioned earlier that’s good for an extra 112 horses compared to the last Juke-R.
To put this all in perspective, this supercar trumps the Ferrari 458 Speciale in both power and torque. With this much power the Juke-R will potentially be able to reach up to 200 mph, but with its funky crossover body it might be a bit of push.
The exterior styling updates include a redesigned front bumper that’s 100 percent bigger to allow cooling for the heftier engine. Nissan also used a lot of carbon fiber throughout the design, including in the bumpers, rear winglets, side sills, and fender. It also gets the new Nissan V-motion front grille along with tweaks to the fenders, side sills, headlights, and taillights. Oh, and we can’t forget it also comes with newer design GT-R wheels.
The Juke is celebrating its fifth anniversary and the R version is right behind it. When it first hit the market in 2011, the Juke-R was touted as the world’s first crossover supercar with the body of the Juke and the powertrain of the GT-R.
There’s no word yet on whether Nissan will put the concept into production. If enough people get excited about it, like they did about the last one, it could see a limited production run. But don’t expect getting your hands on one to be cheap.