From the beginning, Nissan has given us a virtually all-access look at its Juke-R project. Through the detailed build videos published on YouTube and the Juke’s Facebook page, we’ve come to know the little monster quite well over the past few months. But one aspect of the car we’ve wondered about is its performance. Now that the project is nearing completion, Nissan gives us the juicy details on the Juke-R’s specs, features, and of course, performance figures.
The joint project between Nissan Europe and motorsports tuner RML produced two Juke-R prototypes, one left-hand drive and one right-hand drive version, over the course of 22 weeks. As you’re well aware by now, the Juke-R project placed the heart and soul of Nissan’s flagship GT-R sports car into the compact crossover body of the Juke. The final product produces about 485 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque from its twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 engine. The Juke-R also got Godzilla’s suspension, and was widened 5.7 inches to accommodate the new parts. All other dimensions for the Juke-R are identical to those of its production counterpart, with the same length, height, and wheelbase as a road-going Juke.
The increased width allowed for larger wheels and tires to be fitted. Stuffed beneath the Juke-R’s massively flared fenders are 20-inch RAYS forged alloy wheels. The Juke-R also gets a unique split rear wing, an FIA-spec roll cage, and extra chassis reinforcement to handle the drivetrain’s torque. With the addition of these parts, Nissan reports the Juke-R is actually heavier than the GT-R, at roughly 3980 lbs versus the GT-R’s 3829-lb curb weight.
Though we’re disappointed with the lack of weight savings, the Juke-R can still get going well enough. Nissan reports the car achieved 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds in UK testing, and is capable of a 160-mph top speed. Nissan says these numbers make the Juke-R the world’s fastest crossover. Below is a wrap-up video of the project, with footage of the Juke-R in testing. Nissan will release the next installment later this month, when the Juke-R takes to the streets.
Now that you know the Juke-R’s capabilities, do you think the project was worth the hype? Give us your take in the comments section below.