Hunter S. Thompson once famously quipped, “when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” In Nissan’s case, 478-horsepower engine from the GT-R should help the Juke crossover get out of the way of its weird, weird looks.
Nissan’s Juke-R gets the full GT-R setup: its twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter V6 has been crammed under the hood, and the GT-R’s six-speed transaxle and all-wheel drive system are tucked neatly underneath. The transplant was performed by the motorsport professionals at RML and Nissan’s European Technology Center, who also gave the Juke-R beefier wheel arches, 20-inch RAYS forged wheels, and a cutesy split spoiler above the rear hatch.
But other than that, the Juke-R still resembles the proletarian Juke, for better or for worse. And rather unsurprisingly, it’s Nissan’s late, late answer to the Renault Espace F1: the 1995 concept minivan from its sibling company, which chucked out the second-row seats for an 800-horsepower V-10 engine from its F1 cars. For those of you who missed such unassuming Gallic insanity, the Espace F1 could reach 194 miles per hour and 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.
Sadly, Nissan calls the Juke-R a one-off concept, with no plans to enter limited production like the Murano CrossCabriolet. Which, of course, leaves resourceful, well-heeled, and mentally unbalanced enthusiasts with just one plan of action: find a wrecked GT-R (we hear there’s one in The Netherlands) and an out-of-lease Juke, and like an automotive version of The Six Million Dollar Man, mash the two together for maximum brain-melting Baby Godzilla sleeper terror.