The Nissan Juke is a humble little crossover with funky looks but when Nismo engineers get bored at the workshop they decide to create one (or two) hell of a monster. With only two in existence as of writing, each of which is left and right hand drive respectively; the Juke-R is by far the craziest crossover to be made as Nismo engineers just stuffed the Nismo GT-R’s powertrain (GT-R wheels included) into the tiny crossover.
The Original Nissan Juke Was Considered as a Joke, But Not With the R
The Nissan Juke-R has large fender flares to make room for the GT-R’s suspension and 20-inch wheels. When you’re going to cram a powertrain with the calibre of ‘Godzilla’ itself to the chassis of a crossover the size of a compact car; the result will be like a car looking like a ‘roided up pitbull with overly developed muscles. The wheelbase and length are that of the ordinary Juke specs but everything else is Godzilla spec. This makes you think that combination could make for an unstable ride, the thing is, it really is; we’ll talk about that in the later part of the review. Under the sheet metal of the Juke-R is a Nissan GT-R complete with the VR38DETT V6 twin turbo monster with a shortened driveshaft, the six-speed auto on the GT-R, and all-wheel drive.
On the inside, the back seats are gone and replaced by FIA compliant rollcages, the original headliner is gone too. The Juke-R is a prototype or rather a monstrosity created by the crazy people at Nismo so the interior is a bit on the basic side as it carries over the original Juke’s interior aside from the rollcage, two seats, repositioned firewall and missing headliner.
Now for the drive; the reality about Godzilla is that Godzilla is a beast, and if you try strapping a beast to a chassis the size of Shaquille O’Neal’s shoe, things will get very terrifying as it is not the most stable handling prototypes at the moment. There’s understeer in slow corners, drifts in fast ones, body roll due to the tall ride, and a bouncing rear end when you slam the brakes; it is in fact a very terrifying ride, but despite all that, the car remains predictable, just scary when it happens.
The Nissan Juke-R is a beast of a crossover, the kind that only exists in YouTube videos of project cars like strapping anSTi engine to a 1960’s Beetle.
But you know what’s bad about this Nissan Juke? IT’S NOT FOR SALE! The Juke-R is still under prototype stage and Nissan is still on the fence about producing a production model. While the Nissan Juke-R lost its purpose as a versatile crossover, it gained a whole lot of performance and this car belongs to the track anyway.