Nissan stunned the world earlier this year when its European engineering department developed and built the Juke-R, the worlds first and currently sole super crossover vehicle. This unusual version of the Juke was created by shoehorning the all-wheel drive system, 3.8 liter V6, and the stout six speed dual clutch transmission from the GT-R super car into a modified and reworked Juke body and chassis.
In the past Nissan has claimed that the Juke-R was designed to be a one off special and that it was also an unauthorized engineering project. However the company confirmed a report published by EVO magazine by announcing that the company will begin a limited production run of the high performance crossover. The Japanese automaker claimed that “overwhelming pressure” from potential buyers convinced the company to change its stance on the fate of the Juke-R. The company also revealed that three orders have already been placed for the model with two of those orders rumored to have come from a high profile member of Dubai society.
“The Juke-R was originally intended to be a concept to marry two of Nissan’s most innovative models. But the reaction we had to the car was amazing; people were making offers for the original on the street,” stated Gareth Dunesmore, the marketing product manager for the Juke model. Nissan also revealed that production of the Juke-R will be extremely limited and that only a scant 20 examples will be built before the model’s production run comes to a halt. The first three models are expected to be delivered sometime this summer.
Customers in the United States that are wondering if the Juke-R will make its way onto American shores will be pleased to hear that Nissan has plans to offer the Juke-R in all world markets. Nissan Americas Vice President David P. Reuter officially confirmed the news stating, “We will make the Juke-R available to customers anywhere in the world on a build-to-order basis. It is intended for serious collectors and investors who want to own a true original, an innovative project that will only be created in extremely small numbers.” Reuter also revealed that the Juke-R will have a MSRP of $590,000, which is a substantial increase in price versus the $19,990 entry fee for a standard Juke model. The road-legal version of the Juke-R will be powered by the GT-R’s updated 3.8 liter V6 which is good for 540 horsepower, and is a 55 horsepower increase over the concept’s older 485 horsepower powerplant. The concept Juke-R’s engine which helped it achieve a 0 t0 62 time of just 3.7 seconds and a scorching 160 mile per hour top speed.
To help add a bit more spice to the official announcement of the Juke-R’s launch, Nissan also revealed a brief video entitled “Desert Nemesis” which can be seen below. The six minute long video clip features the Juke-R going head-to-head with a Mercedes SLS AMG, Ferrari 458 Italia, and a Lamborghini Gallardo in a brief race at the Dubai International Marine Club. At one point in the movie, an interesting caption appears stating “the Juke-R is a concept car with a Nissan GT-R engine and is not available for retail sale.” Based on that brief caption it appears that this promotional film was created before Nissan decided to give the Juke-R the green light for production.