Late last year, the world got its first glimpse of the Nissan Juke-R, a concept car version of the Juke with a 485-horsepower, turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 from a Nissan GT-R shoved into it. The idea of putting the mechanical bits from a world-class sports car into a compact crossover body was positively insane, of which our sister publication Motor Trend called it Jukenstein, “an experiment well worth cooking up in the mad scientists’ lab” when it had the opportunity to test the Juke-R in Dubai.
Apparently, Nissan got a few on-the-spot offers for the two Juke-R concept cars from wealthy Dubai collectors, as well as the automotive press pleading for it, and took the hint. The Juke-R is headed to production. But it’s going to be even better than the concept cars.
The Juke-R making its way to private ownership will have the 545-horsepower upgraded engine from the 2013 Nissan GT-R shoved into it. And to make the announcement even sweeter, Nissan released a six-minute cinematic short on YouTube called “Desert Nemesis” to coincide with the announcement, just to whet your appetite for the production version.
When it reaches production, the crossover will likely post a similar 0 to 60 acceleration time as the GT-R, which makes the run in an astonishing 2.7 seconds. But it’ll top out at 160 mph, well below the GT-R’s near-200 mph figure. But, unlike the sports car, you’ll likely be able to haul more than a set of golf clubs and your ego, which just barely make the cut in the GT-R when loaded in simultaneously.
The Nissan Juke-R will be built in limited production numbers, initially by order requests over taken over the next month and then in very limited numbers. Nissan told us no announcement has been made as to whether the Juke-R will be available in the U.S., and there’s been no announcement on how much it’ll cost. But if you have to ask…
Check out the short movie below.
UPDATE: Nissan’s U.S. communications department confirmed the Juke-R will be available in the U.S. Per Nissan’s Tim Gallagher, “It is intended for serious collectors and investors who want to own a true original, an innovative project that will only be created in extremely small numbers. The price guide for the vehicle is somewhere in the region of €450K.”
Currently, that’s nearly $592,000. Get saving!