Did you know Nissan built a GT-R pow­ered Juke? It’s about time you did

The su­per SUV you couldn’t af­ford

Motor (Australia) - - POWER. PERFORMANCE. PASSION. - BY CHRIS THOMP­SON

NISSAN HAS JUST re­leased the Juke Nismo RS in Aus­tralia, but be­fore that there was some­thing a lit­tle more… po­tent. The Juke-R was orig­i­nally just to be a con­cept as the com­pact SUV was granted the driv­e­train and sus­pen­sion from the mighty GT-R, cre­at­ing what Nissan called the ‘world’s first cross­over su­per­car’. Only two were to ex­ist, one in left-hand drive and one in right, built by mo­tor­sport com­pany Ray Mal­lock Ltd. Of course, those with enough money and op­ti­mism to make of­fers to buy one of the con­cept cars did so, and the re­sponse was so strong that Nissan even­tu­ally caved. For a some­what hefty USD$665,000, the wealthy could pick up a 404kW twin-turbo V6-pow­ered SUV with all-wheel drive trac­tion and a 0-97km/h (0-60mph) sprint of just 3.0 sec­onds. To us, that price is around AUD$940,750 to­day, ex­clud­ing all the ex­tra ex­penses that come with buy­ing a car here. It even had an FIA-spec roll cage. By early 2013, Juke-Rs were al­ready be­ing de­liv­ered to cus­tomers, only a lit­tle more than a year af­ter its de­but in Dubai. Where else could such a car drum up so many of­fers? In 2015, Nissan an­nounced an­other gen­er­a­tion of the su­per-cross­over, with the Nissan GT-R Nismo driv­e­train set to fea­ture in the up­dated model. The Nissan Juke-R 2.0 upped the game to 447kW to match the out­puts of the GT-R Nismo, but it re­tained much of the styling (small changes were made) and the matte black paint of its pre­de­ces­sor. Nissan even took the Juke-R 2.0 to Good­wood in 2015, post­ing an im­pres­sive (but un­of­fi­cial) 57.21 sec­onds with Nissan Su­per GT driver Jann Mar­den­bor­ough at the wheel. Though Nissan never of­fi­cially an­nounced a price for the sec­ond-gen Juke-R, it’s ex­pected that the 2.0 set buy­ers back a sim­i­larly sig­nif­i­cant amount. Nei­ther made it to Aus­tralia, so your chances of see­ing one are slim.

HOW MANY? It’s ru­moured that only 21 of the first and 17 of the 2.0 were ever built, but Nissan was un­able to con­firm th­ese num­bers with us

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