Nissan has followed up the lightly warmed-up Juke Nismo with the Juke Nismo RS. As we reported last month, the 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS has more serious performance upgrades than the non-RS model that went on sale this summer.
The headlining change is that the Juke's 1.6-liter turbo-four engine now produces 215 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque, up from 188 hp in the standard Juke and 197 hp in the existing Nismo. Compared to other models, the Nismo RS's engine has stronger connecting rods, a larger exhaust, and a reprogrammed engine computer.
The standard six-speed manual transmission adds a limited-slip differential to mete that power to the front wheels. The first three transmission gears have shorter ratios for improved acceleration. Opting for all-wheel drive also brings a continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters -- the latter a first for any Juke. Performance is somewhat reduced with the CVT and AWD setup, however, as the engine only produces 211 hp and 184 lb-ft, although the all-wheel-drive system's torque-vectoring function has been reprogrammed for sportier handling.
Speaking of handling, the 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS has been lowered compared to the standard model, and it has additional chassis bracing. A new tune is said to make the electric power steering feel sportier. The front brake rotors have been enlarged in diameter by 0.9 inch, the rear brakes are now vented rather than solid, and all four calipers are now painted red. Eighteen-inch wheels with Continental ContiSportContact5 performance tires are standard.
Looks The PartThe RS model looks almost identical to the normal Juke Nismo, with a more aggressive body kit is reportedly more aerodynamically sound. The B-pillars are painted gloss black, the mirrors are red, and the new wheels are finished in dark anthracite. The Juke Nismo RS can be had only in Sapphire Black, Brilliant Silver, and Pearl White; its sportier body kit features red accent lines on the front and rear fascias. The biggest visual change from the normal Juke Nismo is the addition of leather-and-suede Alcantara bucket seats for the front passengers. Other tweaks include an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with red top marker, carbon-look trim for the shifter and center stack, and a red-painted tachometer.
It still isn't as extreme as the limited-run Juke-R (which mated a Nissan GT-R powertrain and a Juke body), but the 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS proves the Japanese automaker is serious about amping up its Nismo product line. Pricing and an on-sale date for the new car will be announced later.