2013 Nissan Juke Nismo Review and Road Test
Let's get one thing sorted. The picture above is not, I repeat not, the
Juke that Nissan has been teasing. Instead, this is the Nismo treated Juke
we saw at the Chicago Auto Show in February. If you're disappointed, or if
the unusual confluence of shapes that is the Juke has made you throw up a
little in your mouth, don't watch.
Calling the Juke's styling "not everyone's cup of tea" (as one person I met
put it) or even "polarizing" hardly begins to describe what's going on
here. My week with Nissan's smallest crossover in America was filled with
awkward stares, gaping mouths and looks of revulsion. But that's not the
whole story. For every 10 people that wanted to run the Juke out-of-town
like villagers wielding pitchforks, there were two or three that thought it
was fantastic looking. No, cross that, they wanted to bear the Juke's
children. That's how far they went. This makes the Juke the most polarizing
car design I have seen. Yes, I'm including the unholy Aztec and Rendezvous.
However you feel about the Juke's design, you have to admit it took some
brass balls to design it, produce it, and then keep selling it.
Because the base Juke wears a starting MSRP of $18,990, my expectations
were low. If you keep your expectations at a similarly realistic level,
you'll be pleasantly surprised. For $22,990 the Nismo version adds heavily
bolstered Alcantara sport seats, a leather and Alcantara wrapped steering
wheel, center arm rest, red tachometer, plenty of Nismo badges and
red-stitching galore. Unfortunately, the standard hard plastic dashboard
and the world's least attractive headliner remain. Seriously, this has to
be the same material the trunk liner in a Versa is crafted from, how much
would it have cost for something out of the Altima? On the flip side, you
have to keep reminding yourself that 27-large is as expensive as any Juke
gets and the Nismo tops out at $26,460 with navigation, the CVT and AWD.
That's well below the average new car transaction price in America.
The Alcantara thrones are some of the most attractive (and best bolstered)
seats you can find for under $30,000, but they still ride on the same 6-way
manual driver's and 4-way passenger's seat frames as the regular Juke. This
means the range of motion is limited and lumbar support is non-existent.
Still, one must have perspective and you'll find the same situation in most
cars this price. I was disappointed to find that the Juke's steering wheel
doesn't telescope making it hard for me to find an idea driving position.
Before the Juke arrived I had spent a week in the 2013 BMW X6M (our reviews
are obviously out of order). Having the Nismo and an X6M back to back may
sound like a real let down, but there's another side. Obviously the Juke
doesn't handle or accelerate like an M, but there is something of the
personality that struck me. No, I'm not just talking about the X6 being
similarly polarizing in the style department, I'm talking on the road
personality. They are similarly "eager." In this way, the Juke reminded me
of a small dog that thinks it's a big dog. It even has a chihuahua's eyes.
Is that good or bad? Good seeing as the Juke costs about 1/4th the price. I
managed a 7.45 second 0-60 dash in the 6-speed manual model, let's just say
the X6M didn't get there in 1/4th the time.
It gets a bit more complicated. You see, the Juke is two kinds of animal.
If you get the 6-speed manual transmission you get plenty of torque steer,
slick shifts and a more engaging ride. (And for some reason torque steer
makes me smile when it's on a small-scale like this.) If you get the AWD
Nismo, you're stuck with Nissan's CVT. I'm no CVT hater but even I have to
admit the CVT dulls the Juke's personality. On the flip side, the torque
vectoring AWD system makes the CVT/AWD Nismo the faster car on the track by a reasonable
margin. If you have an oddly shaped place in your heart for Nissan's
over-styled crossover, you have a difficult decision on your hands. Either
way the Juke is destined to be one of the rarer vehicles on American roads
and I get the impression that's just how lovers and haters of the Juke like
New 2012 Nissan JUKE-R vs Supercars Dubai Street Challenge
We have already seen the video of the Nissan Juke-R taking on some Italian
and German exotics in Dubai, but a newer version has surfaced which is much
better quality and allows us to watch the super cars get whipped in high
The Juke-R is seen competing with a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a Lamborghini
Gallardo LP560-4 and a Ferrari 458 Italia in a small circuit somewhere on
the streets of Dubai. This video must have been staged by Nissan, so it is
not a big surprise that the Juke-R takes the checkered flag, however rigged
or not the Juke-R looks like it handles really well through those corners
and takes off pretty quickly off the line.
Nissan Juke-R exterior - raw footage
Nissan has released new information about the Juke-R.
Described as the "most testosterone-packed compact crossover in the world,"
the concept has a matte black exterior with an aerodynamic body kit and
20-inch forged alloy wheels.
Inside, there are twin racing seats, a roll cage and a GT-R steering wheel.
Other highlights include aluminum pedals, a revised instrument cluster and
a seven-inch touchscreen display.
Power comes from a twin-turbo 3.8-liter
engine with 480 hp (486 PS / 358 kW). The model will begin testing later
this month, so expect performance figures to be released shortly.
New Nissan Juke road test and review 2013
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The Nissan Juke is the latest in the car maker's line of segment-crossing
Built in Sunderland alongside the larger Qashqai, the Juke is a similar
size to a small hatchback such as the Fiesta or Corsa - but it looks
nothing like anything else on the market.
It looks like a hatchback on steroids - large, bulky wheel arches and a
raised ground height echo those of a larger SUV, while a highly sculptured
design, with large chiselled wheel arches, an aggressive looking front-end
and a sloped rear window are completely unique....
2012 Nissan Juke-R Statics (Full with music)
GT ACADEMY HITS THE TARGET IN DUBAI
■All-Gamer entry takes podium finish in Dubai in Nissan 370Z
■2011 British winner, Jann Mardenborough takes chequered flag in third
The All-Gamer Nissan 370Z took a podium finish at the Dunlop 24 Hours of
Dubai this afternoon, marking the end of the 'Road to Dubai' for the two
2011 winners, Jann Mardenborough and Bryan Heitkotter. They couldn't have
had more appropriate team-mates as they were joined by the 2008 and 2010 GT
Academy winners, Lucas Ordonez and Jordan Tresson.
It was Jann Mardenborough who took the chequered flag after 24 hours of
competitive racing where all four gamers showed their skills behind the
wheel and brought home a race car without a trace of damage; an amazing
feat after an endurance race.
"That was without doubt the weekend of my life," said Mardenborough. "The
only thing that compares to it is winning GT Academy last June. It feels
like pure joy. This is just the first step for me and now I hope that my
performance in Dubai can take me further."
"I'm so pleased that we got a good result in our first international 24
hour race," added Bryan Heitkotter. "We've worked hard during the last six
months to get to this point and I would say to anyone who wants this as
much as I did that you can reach your goals if you focus on them and work
The first winner of GT Academy, Lucas Ordonez, started his international
racing career in Dubai three years ago and so far his journey has taken him
all the way to a class podium in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
"This is a great moment," said Ordonez. "We have really proved that GT
Academy works as to get four gamers to a podium finish at this race is
amazing. I am very impressed with my new team mates who have only been
racing for six months. They came here and were fast, consistent and didn't
make any mistakes."
"It was pretty tough in the car and 24 hours is a long time to have to hold
it all together," said second GT Academy winner, Jordan Tresson. "If any of
us had made just one slip at any point during the race it could have been
game over for us. I want to say well done to Jann and Bryan who were still
bedroom gamers just one year ago."
The boss of the RJN GT Academy team, Bob Neville, was delighted to see the
graduates that he has trained achieving an incredible result today.
"This is the first time that all four of my graduates have raced together
so it is a special moment for me," he said. " I couldn't have asked for two
better guys when Jann and Bryan won the European and USA competitions last
summer. Like Lucas and Jordan before them they came into this with their
eyes and ears open and absorbed everything we taught them. It's
particularly nice that we should do this in Dubai as it was here three
years ago that an idea formed by Darren Cox of Nissan and Mark Bowles of
Sony really came to life. This race was the toughest test and they all
passed with flying colours. I'm proud of them all and proud to be part of
"All of the focus leading up to and during this event has been on the
drivers," said Darren Cox, Chief Marketing Manager, Crossover and Sports
Cars for Nissan Europe. "They have done a perfect job but I want to focus
on the team behind GT Academy. They are all here this weekend and they
should all get a lot of credit for this. This is a result for the whole GT
Nissan Juke-R and Jeep SRT-8 Twin Turbo - Unlim 500+ 2012, SUV TOP-3
Unlim 500+ (September 2012), all result:
1) #69, Vladimir U. — Nissan Juke R SVE Stage 2 (2012, 750 HP) — 27.158
sec. (287.31 km/h)
2) #61, Tigran A. — Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 Twin turbo (2008, 1300 HP) — 27.202 sec. (274.39
3) #21, Kirill S. — Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 Supercharged (2008, 718 HP)
— 29.426 sec (274.80 km/h)
4) #19, Oleg B. — BMW X6M PP-Performance Stage 4 (2011, 760 HP) —
29.478 sec. (242.23 km/h)
5) #38, Ramon B. — BMW X6M PP-Performance Stage 3 (2011, 680 HP) —
29.606 sec. (271.28 km/h)
Flat Black Twin-Turbo Corvette Z06 1200hp
This Corvette has a NOS Bottle giving it 250 shots and twin turbo kit tacking the horse power to 1200. This
Machine was Built in Vega Baja Puerto Rico.
This is a MechTech Racing Production
Executive Produced by Edwin Colon
Directed by Osvaldo Friger (Edited)
Camera: Carlos Rivera & Sigfredo Vazquez