Finally giving in to car enthusiasts, Nissan announced the upcoming sale of its Juke-R model last Thursday. In addition, they also released a short film about the Juke-R Supercar Race. The flick stars the GT Academy winner, Lucas Ordóñez.
Building Juke-R for Selected Customers
The first plan was to build only two Juke-Rs: One left-hand drive and the other is a right-hand drive. But because of the hyped interest in vehicle, the car manufacturer said that it will build its GT-R and Juke crossover for selected customers. This includes the popular car collector of Dubai, Salah Salahuddin. As noted by Gareth Dunsmore, marketing product manager of Juke:
“The Juke-R was originally intended as a one-off concept to marry two of Nissan’s most innovative models. But the reaction we had to the car in Dubai was amazing—People were making offers for the original on the street!
“With such a strong reaction, and with three genuine offers on the table, we decided we had to make the car a reality. We can’t let down enthusiasts who are this keen to add to their collection of cars. The Juke-R has become something of a phenomenon, and I’m enormously proud of the impact it has had.”
Juke-R: A GT-R and Juke Hybrid
The Nissan Juke-R was built at the automaker’s European tech center with the help of race team Ray Mallock Ltd. The little Juke basically houses 2010 GT-R’s 3.8-liter V6 that pumps 485 horsepower, its six-speed transaxle and gauge setup that includes reconfigurable center screen. The vehicle has a pair of racing seats, a fully exposed roll cage and 20-inch Rays forged alloy wheels.
Meanwhile, the new Juke-R models will be based on the 2012 GT-R unit, and will boast 3.8-liter, 160 miles per hour and 545 hp. Although no performance specs and power rating is available for the Juke-R as of the moment, it is expected to be closely related to its GT-R kin.
Nissan aims to draw attention from the success of Juke in Europe, where it sold over 100,000 units during its first year in the market. On the other hand, 27,500 units were sold in the United States.
No pricing is available for the Nissan Juke-R yet, although there were claims that the locals in United Arab Emirates are making a six-figure offering. The company will be taking orders in the coming months before they begin the production, while the first three cars will be delivered to its respective owners late this summer. For those who are interested to be included in the short list of potential buyers, contact the car manufacturer at Juke-R@nissan.co.uk.
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