WEST SUSSEX, England - The birth of the Nissan JUKE-R set a benchmark in 2011 as the world's first Crossover supercar, marrying Nissan's innovative JUKE with the engine and running gear from the legendary Nissan GT-R - the brand's flagship sportscar. Now, four years on, JUKE-R has been given an exciting upgrade to reflect the latest model of the JUKE coupled with even more power and bolder styling. Welcome the JUKE-R 2.0.
The global debut of the JUKE-R 2.0 will take place at the thrilling annual Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 25 on the Nissan stand before being displayed in the Supercar Paddock for the remainder of the weekend.
Visitors at Goodwood, along with those watching the spectacular event on television, will also witness the JUKE-R 2.0 make its dynamic debut on Goodwood's Hillclimb on all three days of the event, driven by Nissan GT Academy graduate and Le Mans 24 Hours driver Jann Mardenborough.
Based on the updated Nissan JUKE that launched in Europe in 2014 - which features several significant design and technical enhancements - the JUKE-R 2.0 has been injected with further levels of GT-R testosterone to now reach 600hp. Still sporting the iconic "R" matte black, the JUKE-R 2.0 is an even more muscular, bolder and powerful version of its predecessor.
"The JUKE-R has become an iconic Crossover supercar, and with the launch of the latest JUKE model last year, it was the natural choice to upgrade the original JUKE-R with added power and even bolder styling," said Gareth Dunsmore, Marketing Communications general manager for Nissan Europe. "The JUKE-R 2.0 is a perfect 'crossover' of the best bits of Nissan - real innovation showcasing our crossover prowess fused with the excitement of the GT-R supercar engine."
Soon to celebrate the JUKE's fifth anniversary of production, the JUKE-R 2.0 arrives in time to celebrate the birthday of Europe's best-loved compact crossover. With over 600,000 sales across Europe since initially launched in 2010, the JUKE continues to highlight Nissan's position as crossover leaders, alongside the award winning Qashqai and adventure-inspiring X-Trail.
Nissan JUKE-R 2.0 Specifications
The JUKE-R was based on the original JUKE production car launched in 2010. The JUKE-R 2.0 is based on the newer JUKE model launched in Europe in 2014, to which there were several significant design changes and also technical enhancements. One of these elements was the extensive personalization options introduced based on customers' desire. There was also a new lamp shape, LED running lights and LED bulbs in the taillights to give a fresh appearance, while new door mirrors incorporate LED side turn repeaters. The new Nissan V-motion grille at the front is a further feature.
Specific updates/features on the Nissan JUKE-R 2.0 include:
Front bumper: heavily redesigned both aesthetically and functionally. The cooling apertures in the front bumper are increased in size by over 100 percent due to increased engine cooling demand as the vehicle now runs with an uprated 600 bhp engine. The bumper is manufactured from 100 percent carbon fiber
Rear bumper: manufactured entirely from carbon fiber, but incorporates a visual carbon diffuser. The bumper will have new exhaust cowlings; these are manufactured from high temperature carbon
The rear winglets are now of a one piece carbon fiber design with a visual carbon finish
The front fenders are new shape 2015 JUKE and from standard steel
The front and rear fender wheel arch flares are new carbon pieces blended in to the bumper and sill designs
The side sills are a tweaked aesthetic design, manufactured from carbon fiber
The front headlights, upper and lower, are from the new 2015 JUKE
The taillights are also from the 2015 JUKE
The hood is from the new 2015 JUKE and has integrated bare carbon engine cooling ducts; these are slightly repositioned from the previous JUKE-R to further improve engine and turbo cooling
The JUKE-R 2.0 uses the newer design GT-R wheels rather than the previous version
Color is matte black as before
No change, other than roof lining is now black
The GT-R engine has been uprated to 600 bhp, the same output as the ultimate GT-R, the NISMO
The headlights, taillights and daytime running lights (DRLs) required the wiring looms of the original car to be updated to accommodate Nissan's latest lighting technology