Is There a New Juke-R on the Horizon?

Several years ago, Nissan teamed up with motorsports tuner RML to create what
Motor Trend describes as "an experiment in engineering." That, of course, was the
original and limited production Juke-R. Now, the vehicle is back in 2.0 concept-mode,
and is powered by the GT-R's 600 pony-producing twin-turbo V-6 engine. (1)
Recently Unveiled
During last month's Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K., the Japanese automaker
took the opportunity to revealed a new version (1) of its six-figure (2) "experiment,"
which it aptly named the Nissan Juke-R 2.0 concept. (1) This particular model
incorporates a bunch of upgrades, making it even more powerful than its predecessor
-- a vehicle that was considered to be the world's first crossover supercar — based on
news from Autoblog. (3)
Power
The new engine is probably the car's most noteworthy update and here's why: (3) it's
equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 that was borrowed from the Nissan
GT-R Nismo. (1) Paired with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, the engine replaces
the previously used 545-horsepower version in order to produce a whopping 600
ponies in the latest Juke-R edition. (3)
Performance specifications are yet to be released, but since the original supercrossover
was able to reach a top speed of 160 miles per hour and hit the 60 mph
marker in 3.7 seconds, we imagine the numbers will be even better for the 2.0
concept. (2)
Style
Appearance-wise, the automaker's crossover is based on the updated Juke, which was
launched just last year, and is available at Ferman Nissan of Tampa Bay as a 2015
model. (3) The vehicle benefits from a sleeker and more aggressive look (2) with its
revised V-motion grille, new LED running lights and LED taillights, as well as turn signals
(1) and newly-styled flared fenders, side sills and cooling ducts. (2)
You'll also find some lightweight materials (in the form of carbon fiber) on Nissan's
new concept, which can be spotted on the front and rear bumpers, the diffuser, (1)
wheel arches, side sills and so on. What's more, they're all coated in matte black. (3)
Conclusion
No word yet on a production model. However, much like the Juke-R 2.0, Motor
Authority says the original was also a concept, and it was eventually produced in
limited quantities and sold to the wealthy. Let's see what the new version has in store
for us. (2)
Stay tuned for more details via Ferman Nissan of Tampa, Florida! (2)
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(1) "600-HP Nissan Juke-R 2.0 Concept Bows at Goodwood” Motor Trend.
http://www.motortrend.ca/en/news/1506-600-hp-nissan-juke-r-2-0-concept-bows-atgoodwood/
(2) "Nissan Reveals New, More Powerful Version Of GT-R-Powered Juke-R Crossover”
Motor Authority. http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1075837_nissan-revealsnew-more-powerful-version-of-gt-r-powered-juke-r-crossover
(3) "Nissan rolls out updated Juke-R 2.0 at Goodwood” Autoblog.
http://www.autoblog.com/2015/06/25/nissan-juke-r-20-nismo-official/
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