It’s about time: while we’ve seen the crazy Nissan Juke-R go through build stages and take to the streets in a YouTube video here and there, the first (ultra-low-volume) production model finally made it to an owner. While we’re pretty sure it arrived on the back of a tow truck or in a trailer, we secretly hope it slid into the owner’s driveway sideways, making lots of noise and spewing tire smoke.
The Juke-R has been a phenomenon for a while now, since we first heard about the project in 2011. The formula was simple: take the running gear from the mighty Nissan GT-R (3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6, six-speed dual clutch transmission, all-wheel drive), and stuff it under the skin of the funky Juke crossover. As expected, Nissan fans used to seeing the Juke cute ute sporting 188 hp went berserk when it suddenly packed a 545-hp punch. As the story goes, Nissan engineers in Dubai were accosted multiple times by people wanting to buy the one-off concept outright. We don’t blame those heavy-walleted fans: the Juke-R reportedly hits 60 mph in 3.0 seconds and tops out at 170 mph.
The Juke-R concept wasn’t sold, but the white monster you see above was. It’s Juke-R #001, and Nissan says that an #002 is on its way as well. Total production numbers are being kept to “only a handful,” according to Nissan, so expect that every Juke-R serial number will start with “00.” As with any low-low-volume hypercar, pricing is whatever you want it to be: the base price is listed as $645,160, but buyers can customize their Juke-Rs however they’d like…at a cost, of course. The Juke-R #001 sports some one-off bumpers and side-sills, which were designed at Nissan Design Europe’s enclave in London in accordance with the buyer’s requests. As the saying goes, if you have to ask the cost of those upgrades, you can’t afford them.
Buyers still looking for a Juke-R can contact Nissan Europe directly. For those of us sitting on the sidelines, we’ll have to resort to the next best thing: the Juke-R will be one of the available cars in the new racing game Asphalt 7: Heat, which will debut before the end of the year on Apple App Store and Google Play.