A concept no more. Along with the experimental Nissan DeltaWing and much talked about Juke-R, the Franco-Japanese company announced that its Juke NISMO concept will also take part at this year’s Le Mans 24-Hour festivities, but as a full fledged production model.
A blending of SUV silhouette and sports coupe performance, the Nissan Juke NISMO shares the same design ethos as its brawnier (and more expensive) Juke-R cousin. The addition of an aero kit – modified bumpers, wings, and side skirts, reduces lift while minimize aerodynamic drag. A new set of 18-inch alloy wheels , along with wider tires, will provide improved road grip over the standard Nissan Juke. Beneath the hood, you will fine the same turbo-charge 1.6-liter direct injection engine as the DeltaWing Le Mans race car. Nissan engineers also worked on the suspension, steering, and traction control for greater responses during high speed. On the inside, you will find a full NISMO treatment with modified steering wheels, pedals, trims, and more. And to emphasize the performance nature of the car, NISMO added suede sports seats for optimal comfort. If you can’t be at Le Mans later this month, you will have another opportunity to see the Nissan Juke NISMO up close when it arrives at Nissan dealerships in January 2013.
NISSAN JUKE NISMO MAKES ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT LE MANS
- First public unveiling of Nissan Juke Nismo production model will be on the
- Nissan stand at Le Mans from 13th to 17th June
- Nissan Juke Nismo is the first in a series of new Nismo models – inspired by
- Nissan’s Japanese motorsport heritage and performance expertise
- Enhanced styling, more performance and sportier handling
- European sales to start January 2013
The production version of Nissan Juke Nismo will make its global debut at the world’s most famous race, the Le Mans 24 hour this weekend alongside the pioneering Nissan DeltaWing and Juke-R. Previously revealed as a concept at the Tokyo and 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 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 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 cornering.
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 late last year 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. Juke Nismo will be available in Japan and USA at a later date.