With interest in the Nissan Motorsports (Nismo) division of the Japanese automaker at an all-time high due to the stupid-fast GT-R supercar and Juke-R concept car, Nissan wasted little time in keeping the momentum going. Debuting this week at the Tokyo Motor Show is Nissan’s next project: a Nismo-tuned Juke.
Characterized by a body kit that adds fender flares, a lowered stance on a stiffer suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, and Nissan’s Nismo racing colors, the Nismo Juke shows what could be the next version of the popular crossover to hit showrooms. What’s more, Nissan says it has actually stiffened the Juke’s chassis and boosted power numbers for the crossover’s 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Nissan hasn’t released any specific numbers yet, but with the production car making 188 horsepower, we expect the Nismo version to easily be flirting with 200.
Typically, Nissan has reserved its Nismo designations for performance parts and sports cars like the 370Z and the GT-R in Japan. However, Nissan has expressed interest in expanding its high-performance portfolio, starting with the Juke. Nissan president Shoichi Miyatani said with enough interest, Nissan will greenlight the Nismo Juke to go on sale worldwide.
“Nismo has been appealing to the fans of the motorsports basically, in the past, and I think we have strong passions and support from those fans,” Miyatani said in a statement. “But by passing and broadening a Nismo product—branded products—I’m sure we can contribute and we can enhance the customer base for Nissan.”