Picture this scene in your mind: Nissan took a standard road-going GT-R, whipped off the body shell, cut and shortened the chassis, shafts, wires and hoses. The shapely Juke body was then bolted around the bespoke chassis and garnished to taste.
The end result dear readers, is a Nissan Juke with the beating heart from a car many hail as Godzilla. At the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, Nissan rolled out the Juke-R 2.0 Concept. Dr Frankenstein would be proud of this car. Just like the GT-R, no two Juke-Rs are the same in terms of engine output. Some reportedly came with power figures ranging from 480 hp to 540 hp in the outgoing Juke-R models introduced back in 2012.
A lot like the monster he cooked up in that lab, Nissan has announced that this Juke-R 2.0 will be able to reach power figures as high up as 600 hp. If you were wondering, that’s over 100 hp more than a standard GT-R and early production Juke-R models that came powered with a twin turbocharged, 3.8-litre V6 VR38DETT. Not bad for a birthday present to commemorate the Juke’s fifth anniversary.
The six-speed dual clutch gearbox and all-wheel-drive system from the GT-R is tasked with laying down the power of this gruesomely powered crossover onto the black top. It is capable of bolting itself from 0 to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds and if you’ve still got your foot mashed up against the loud pedal, you’ll be able to nudge an excess of 300 km/h.
The Juke-R 2.0 was debuted on Goodwood’s Hillclimb on all three days of the event. The matte black specimen was flailed up the hill by Le Mans 24 Hours driver, Jann Mardenborough and in the process, wowing spectators and showing the world that Nissan has a rather contorted sense of humour in making what could possibly the first legit crossover supercar ever.
Would one buy one ? The Juke-R is being made on an extremely limited production, made-to-order run. Nissan is keeping rather hush-hush on the price of the Juke-R. However, it has been estimated that it will cost over USD 600,000 (or RM2,252,940). That’s excluding taxes, mind you. To put that into perspective, the snarling Lamborghini Huracan pokes the price tag at circa RM2.1 million after taxes, and that’s even after excise duty and all other taxes!