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|2013 Nissan Juke Nismo Review & Test Drive||
When it comes to a unique character, the Nissan Juke is no stranger. Despite the Juke’s acquired styling that may find a discriminating love from a select few, it remains to be a competent road-going crossover-like hatchback with an extra splash of sport in the all-new Juke Nismo edition.
Nissan is pushing their Nismo branding to accentuate the unfound performance and enthusiast oriented sides through the unexpected suspect of the Juke. Of course having a Nismo-branded 370Z is an easily digested match, while the Juke, possibly riding off of the heals of the infamous Juke R packed with the GT-R’s drivetrain, brings the fruition of Nissan’s enthusiastic marketing to the forefront in a marketable sense.
The new 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo is no Juke R. However, it takes many styling cues and dashes of sports-appeal from the project Juke R and even gets a bit of extra performance where it really counts using the same 1.6-liter turbo engine the Juke is known for.
Powering the new 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo is a re-tuned 1.6-liter Turbo 4-cylinder engine producing 197 horsepower at 6.000 rpm and 184 ft-lbs. of torque at 2.000 rpm. That is up by 9 horsepower and 7 ft-lbs. of torque over the standard 1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder in other Juke trim levels. My Nissan Juke Nismo test vehicle was equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, which is standard equipment for the front-wheel-drive Juke Nismo. The all-wheel-drive version of the Juke Nismo gets a CVT transmission, the only choice available for powering all four wheels.
In terms of performance, the Nissan Juke Nismo has a nice linear power band that really digs in around midrange rpms. The turbo engine does not lag much from idle to the sweet torque spot starting around 2,000 rpm. The 6-speed manual really opens up the ability to extract as much as you can from the engine, which is needed to make the Juke Nismo feel truly alive. 0-60 mph times come in just about even with other front-wheel-drive Juke trim levels with a manual 6-speed taking about 7.5 seconds. If anything, the power boost is more defined on a piece of paper than on the tarmac.
Road handling for the new Juke Nismo becomes a bit more crisp and predictable over other trims as it has sport suspension, a lowered ride height and sticker summer 18-inch tires wrapping aluminum-alloy wheels painted with a charcoal-bluish-tinted color. Ride comfort can be a somewhat dodgy at times where the stiffened sport suspension emits a slight rebounding bounce over light bumps in the road. The suspension does adapt well to throwing the little Juke Nismo around and surprisingly handles pretty well for being a compact crossover, or hatchback – however you want to slice it.
Some of the other sporty traits of the Juke Nismo pay homage to the Nismo nomenclature, although many of these aspects can be found on other trim levels of the Juke, such as the I-Con system settings accessed through the center-stack dashboard controls. Through this Integrated Control system (I-Con), you are able to select Eco mode, Normal mode and a Sport mode. Each mode adapts the throttle response, steering feel and climate control. In Juke Nismo models equipped with the CVT transmission the I-Con modes also adapt the CVT transmission according to each setting. I found that with my 6-speed manual Juke Nismo the I-Con’s Sport setting was a bit aggressive in throttle response to the point that maintaining a constant highway speed was virtually impossible. Nonetheless, Sport mode added just the right amount of steering wheel firmness for a simulation of additional road-feel. Normal mode seemed to resolve the throttle sensitivity but noticeably lightened the steering. Eco mode simply makes the throttle feel mushy and delayed just to benefit fuel savings, which is surprisingly a constant variable in the new Juke Nismo. I saw a steady 24.6 mpg in the city while rowing through the gears in heavy traffic. On the highway I saw an average of 29.1 mpg and was only able to get the EPA estimated 31 mpg at speeds of 65 mph and below. The city EPA estimated mpg for the new Juke Nismo 6-speed manual stands at 25 mpg.
Over-all, the Juke Nismo’s road-going abilities prove to be fun and assuring. The Juke Nismo is a vehicle that you would not mind taking to an occasional autocross, if you don’t mind the cheeky comments you may get from your enthusiast-based peanut gallery of friends – mostly mocking the exterior styling of the Juke.
On the subject of the 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo’s styling, it is most certainly an acquired taste for the majority of ‘sane’ enthusiasts and the common onlooker. The addition of Nismo aesthetics on the exterior of the Juke really spices up things much like placing desirable condiments on a spoiled food. From a reasonable distance things look okay, but up close you find something that will inevitably be hard to digest. It is not to say the Juke Nismo is out-right ugly, it just has a select crowd that chooses to appreciate its uniqueness just like a child that has a face only a mother could love.
Adding to the Juke Nismo’s distinctive character, the exterior gets bright LED running lights mounted within the re-sculpted lower front bumper air dams while an accented red stripe runs through the lower front bumper lines, lower side skirt area and ends within the finned rear diffuser. The huge headlights remain on the Juke Nismo as well as the odd blinker housings, which work well to guide your line of sight to the left painted lines of the road, or a track depending on how adventurous you are. A rear spoiler hovering over the smallish rear hatch window caps off the Juke Nismo’s departed character from rest of the Juke trims. At the rear you will find a rather large exhaust muffler with a large tip, which you may never really notice audibly inside of the cabin.
On the inside, considering the new Nissan Juke Nismo is the highest trim level of the Juke line, it is packed with the SV trim’s list of standard features. In addition to the standard SV trim features; the Juke Nismo gets its own unique Nismo gauges, Nismo front seats with thick bolstering, Nismo shift knob, and an Alcantara & Leather-wrapped steering wheel that fits your hands like a glove.
The front seats proved to be extra supportive with supple bolstering that did not bite down into your kidneys too hard but still provided more than enough lateral support for the Juke Nismo’s handling abilities. The driving position was optimal with enough adjustability for folks slightly over 6-feet tall. Conversely, space remains to be cramped inside of the Juke where the rear seats are a tight squeeze for adults but are ideal for toddlers or a couple of large bags. The rear cargo space is also short on space with only 10.5 cubic feet.
Making the new 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo an attractive sports package, something that may not be possible visually, is the pricing starting at just $22,990. My test vehicle added on the navigation package (5-inch color LCD touch screen, XM NavTraffic, Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio w/ Subwoofer, USB connectivity, RearView Monitor $1,170), Nismo carpeted floor mats and cargo mat ($215) and a cloth and accent-stitched center armrest ($245). Loaded up with these options plus a $790 destination charge it brought my test vehicle to a price tag of $25,410. It is safe to say that the Juke Nismo 6-speed manual is the sure way to go for enthusiasts who do not mind being the odd one out in the good looking bunch of other enthusiastic hatchbacks on the market. When it comes down to explaining your choice to friends, it can be expressed as your eccentric expression of your zealous demeanor. Good thing is the Nismo branding takes the guessing work out of finding aftermarket accessories that do not take away from the Juke’s “eyebrow-raising looks”.
Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- Price: Base Nissan Juke NISMO $22,990.00 / As-Tested Juke NISMO $25,410 including $790.00 destination charge
- Engine: 1.6 liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) turbocharged/intercooled, 16-valve DOHC aluminum inline 4-cylinder engine 197hp @ 5,000 rpm / 184 lb.ft. of torque @ 2,000-5,200 rpm
- Wheelbase: 99.6 inches
- Total length: 162.4 inches
- Total width: 69.5 inches
- Total height: 61.8 inches
- Track: f/r-60/60 inches
- Headroom: f/r-39.6/36.7 inches
- Legroom: f/r-42.1/32.1 inches
- Cargo volume: 10.5 behind 2nd row/35.9 cu.ft. behind front seats
- Curb weight: 2,930 pounds
- Fuel tank: 13.2 gallons
- Turning circle: 36.4 ft.
- EPA Fuel Economy: 25 mpg city / 31 mpg highway (6-speed manual FWD)
|Nissan Juke R vs. Bugatti Veyron: Video||
The Nissan Juke R, basically Nissan’s toy car to push some serious marketing flair, has had battles against some of the most exotic vehicles in the world and somehow has walked away victorious. Even though most of the competitions were not ‘official’ races; they do prove how the Juke R’s GT-R heart transplant can do wonders for a lightweight mini-crossover’s chassis as it would in just about anything considering how fast the Nissan GT-R is toting its 4,000+ pounds around. The latest battle for the Nissan Juke R happens to be a Bugatti Veyron, just for a little giggle. Check out which one nearly walks away with a win in the video below.
|Nissan Delivers First Customer Juke-R||
Nissan’s unexpected Juke-R super-crossover was an instant hit from the time it was announced. It takes a bit of evil genius to blend a crossover with a supercar, especially when the end product loses much of the crossover’s functionality and some of the supercar’s performance. Despite this, Nissan was flooded with requests to build the Juke-R, including three from customers in Dubai who were ready, willing and able to spend whatever they had to on the Godzilla-grocery-getter.
When Nissan capitulated, it made it clear that the Juke-R would be hand-built in a very limited quantity, with a price somewhere north of a half-million dollars. For their money, buyers would get a 545 horsepower compact crossover that can dash from 0-62 mph in a mere three seconds, on its way to a top speed of 170 miles per hour. Underneath, the Juke-R sports a full GT-R drivetrain and suspension, while the outside gets wrapped in an improved body kit courtesy of Nissan Design Europe. As with the Juke-R prototypes, an FIA-approved roll cage ensures driver and passenger safety.
On Tuesday, Nissan announced that the first production Juke-R had been assembled and tested, and was now being delivered to a (very eager) customer, likely in Dubai. Construction of serial number two is well underway, and Nissan U.K. wants you to know that it’s still taking orders from qualified buyers.
While most of us will never get the chance to drive a Juke-R in the real world, the uber-crossover will be featured in the upcoming game Asphalt 7: Heat, which will be available from the Apple Store and Google Play by year end. While a virtual high-performance Juke-R isn’t the same as the real thing, we’re pretty sure even our budgets can cover a virtual Juke-R.
|Oddity De jour: Nissan Juke R vs. Porsche GT2 RS – Video||
As an automotive enthusiast, you have probably seen your fair share of odd matches and vehicle comparisons. An oddity that tends to show up every once in a while, is the comparison against the infamous Nissan Juke R. The Nissan Juke R is Nissan’s 4,000-pound Frankenstein creation berthed from the GT-R’s drivetrain and force-fed V6 engine. Car and Driver is the latest outlet to pit the Juke R against a red-hot item. This time that item is the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
With the 911 GT2 RS being the most powerful road-going Porsche ever built, you would think that it demolishes the Juke R from the get-go. However, you must consider how the Juke R has so far trumped king over many exotics mainly due to its remarkable GT-R-sourced drivetrain and twin-turbo V6. Hit up the Car and Driver video below of Jethro Bovingdon to see if the Juke R’s hype is enough to take down the all-mighty Porsche.
|Nissan taking orders for 540-hp Juke-R||
Nissan’s announced it’ll start selling souped up versions of its Juke on a limited run, solely on a build-to-order basis. The company first unveiled the Ray Mallock Limited (RML) Nissan Juke-R last November in Spain but had the concept vehicle travel the world for testing purposes.
Now ready for order, the production version Juke-R will stay true to the original concept, complete with a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine derived from a GT-R supercar. Unlike the concept however, the Juke-R will use the more powerful 545-horsepower engine from the latest 2013 GT-R – not the 485-horsepower engine in the previous version.
Comparing the Juke to its normal cousin, modifications include widened wheel arches, a full bodykit, a fixed rear roof wing, the GT-R’s 20-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, and a custom roll cage. The interior was also given an extensive makeover, receiving a 4WD controller, the GT-R’s touch-screen interface with all of the PS3-like goodies, and the engine control system.
Speaking at this week’s announcement, Gareth Dunsmore confirmed the $200,000 super-ute has had three confirmed orders, two of which from Dubai. Dunsmore said “the reaction we had to the car in Dubai was amazing–people were making offers for the original on the street.”
|Nissan Juke R Will See ‘Very Limited’ Production Run||
It’s 9:57 at night when you realize that you’re out of coffee for the morning’s brew. The closest grocery store is four miles away, and they close at 10:00 PM. It’s raining outside, and you wonder, momentarily, if you can pull it off in your Range Rover Sport.
If you had a Nissan Juke R in the driveway, you probably wouldn’t even give it a second thought, but (until now, anyway) the Juke R was forbidden fruit, meant only as a “what if” exercise by Nissan U.K. to demonstrate the potential of the Nissan Juke. With 545 horsepower on tap driving all four wheels, the Juke R is capable of embarrassing not only sport tuned crossovers, but some serious performance cars as well. Early videos had the Godzilla grocery-getter outrunning a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Ferrari 458 Italia, something you’re not going to pull off in any other crossover we can name.
Autocar says the production run was prompted by three firm orders, including two from a “high-profile” member of Dubai society. In fact, the Juke R concept proved so popular in Dubai that the prototype would get offers from serious buyers on the street.
No production quantity has been set, but expect the Juke R to be built in sufficient quantity to meet demand. RML, the race shop that built the original prototypes, will be involved in the production of consumer models as well, although it isn’t yet clear where assembly will take place. Pricing hasn’t been set, either, but bear in mind that you’re really buying a hand-built race car, not a production vehicle. Given the work needed to build the concepts, we’d be really surprised if the selling price was any less than $250,000.