“It gets away from you really, really quick”, says the Car and Driver European correspondent, Jethro Bovingdon as he puts the GT-R powered Nissan Juke-R through its paces in the following video. This Juke version was put up against the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, and okay, fair enough to grab the best of the best to show off a new model, but was it on a fair playing field? While the Porsche was noted for its traction, it was said to be “unruly in wet conditions”, so the traction control was turned off to try to warm up the tires. Watching the video will tell you how that eventually played out.
Overall, the Nissan Juke-R looks like a fantastic addition for Nissan to put out. It will be a low production run though, which is logical because the price of over $590,000 isn’t going to be something that many people can pony up the budget for anyway. This Nissan version features a twin turbo V6 that gives 485 horsepower, certainly not as much as some of the American muscle cars coming out, but it is running on all wheel drive, which gives it an unusually wheel to road driving experience.
Basically, the Nissan Juke-R is a GT-R chassis with a crossover body. The interior is almost identical to the GT-R, but you sit up about two feet higher, which creates a distinctively unique driving experience since most of the super sports cars that are coming out are low to the ground. Will it be enough of a difference and exciting enough to put out the extra cash? Who knows at this point, but we imagine some collectors are all ready lining up to get their hands on one. There is one particular concern though and that is the additional weight of the vehicle could become a potential issue at high speed runs, but really, who has the chance to test it during typical driving conditions?