The production version of Nissan Juke Nismo will make its global debut
at the world's most famous race, the Le Mans 24 hour alongside the
pioneering Nissan DeltaWing and Juke-R. Previously revealed as a concept
at the 2011 Tokyo and 2012 Geneva
international Motor Shows, this is the first glimpse of Nismo's
legendary performance DNA which will make the eagerly awaited transition
from racetrack to road in early 2013.
Nissan was a pioneer of the compact crossover segment in the automotive
market with the launch of Juke in
2010; and is set to continue its leadership with the launch of its first
radical performance crossover model - the Nissan Juke Nismo.
Nissan's Nismo product range, developed by the brand's motorsport and
personalisation division in Japan, offers distinctiveness and
individuality as well as sports orientated handling, performance and
excitement to standard Nissan cars starting with the Juke.
The Nissan Juke Nismo combines the current radical Nissan Juke design,
with a unique blend of sports coupé lines and SUV styling, influenced by
Nismo's motor sport expertise. Nismo specialists have engineered a new
aerodynamics kit, giving the Juke an even more efficient, dynamic and
powerful design. The new model features lower
front and rear bumpers, wider
wings and sill side skirts, and a modified grille and tailgate spoiler
which control airflow. These aerodynamic enhancements reduce front and
rear lift without increasing drag enhancing the Nissan Juke Nismo's
driving performance. Stylish new 18-inch alloy wheels with wider tyres
offer improved grip, and further boost the Juke's on-road presence.
The Nissan Juke Nismo is enhanced with a tuned-up version of its
1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine, inspired by the
one installed in Nissan's revolutionary DeltaWing Le Mans race car. As
well as featuring stiffened suspension settings and new steering
modifications for sportier direct handling and improved traction
control, the new model will also be available with torque vectoring, a
technology offering better grip and cornering capacity.
The Nismo treatment continues inside the cabin, where the steering
wheel, pedals, gauges, gear knob and door trims have been redesigned to
boost the sporty feeling when driving. To further underline the
performance personality of the car, special suede-trimmed Nismo sports
seats with red stitching have been added for increased holding while
Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President Global Product Planning, says "The
introduction of Juke Nismo further cements our dedication to provide
innovation and excitement for everyone. The Juke, with its radical
design and pioneering attitude, is the natural choice to be one of the
first Nissan models to receive the mythical performance and distinctive
design treatment from our Nismo specialists."
The Nissan Juke performance story began in late 2011 with the creation
of the Juke-R - which, intended initially as a one-off concept, has now
been put into limited production due to demand.
This weekend the new Juke Nismo will sit alongside the Juke-R, starting
the next thrilling chapter for the compact sports crossover, as the
Nismo badge begins its journey from race track to road.
The Juke Nismo will be built at Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK in
Sunderland, alongside other members of the Juke family and sales in
Europe are due to start early January 2013. Further details and
specifications will be announced closer to launch. Nissan Juke Nismo
will be available in Japan and USA at a later date.