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Nissan boosts horsepower to 600 in new Juke-R

Concept crossover debuts to take on the hill at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Published: June 26, 2015, 7:00 AM
Updated: June 29, 2015, 3:10 PM

2015 Nissan Juke-R

Nissan is getting ready to update its Juke-R crossover and a concept version is going to take on the hill at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Nissan refers to it as the Juke-R 2.0 and it arrives in the summer of 2015, five years after the debut of the original Juke. The first Juke-R came along in 2011. An updated Juke took the road in 2014 as a 2015 model.

The new Juke-R ups the horsepower ante with a boost of 55 hp, coming from the GT-R twin-turbo V6 that now makes 600 hp. The black matte car makes its first public appearance prior to attending the Goodwood hill starting line at the hands of Le Mans racer (and Nissan GT Academy graduate) Jann Mardenborough.

“The Juke-R has become an iconic Crossover supercar and with the launch of the latest Juke, 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.”

Ahead of the awesome power infusion, the new Juke-R wears Nissan’s new V-Motion grille sitting atop a heavily revised carbon-fibre front bumper with air intakes that are more than double the size of those on the previous model. The hood features integrated bare carbon-fibre engine and turbocharger cooling ducts (relocated from the previous generation for improved functionality).

The rear end is heavily “carbonated” with a carbon-fibre bumper infused with a carbon diffuser and displaying new exhaust cowlings manufactured from high-temperature carbon. The winglets are made from a sole piece of carbon-fibre.

And to link the front and rear together, the sides also have a heavy carbon-fibre presence, with wheel arch flares and side sills made from the composite. To make the “R” package complete, the Juke-R 2.0 rides on wheels identical to those of the GT-R.