If indeed Nissan execs were displeased by the construction of the original Juke-R earlier this decade, they have a funny way of showing it. That’s because the Japanese automaker has confirmed a new version with “NISMO” badging will debut this month at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and to get us all riled up has released a teaser photo.
In case you’ve forgotten, the original Juke-R started as an off-book project by some of Nissan’s British staff as well as its motorsport partners. The goal was to shoehorn the GT-R’s twin-turbocharged V-6 and all-wheel-drive system into the tiny Juke, and the result proved so popular that a handful of them were sold despite the price tag entering six-figure territory.
With Nissan recently updating the regular Juke, the automaker decided that the Juke-R should undergo its own evolution, this time with the blessing of the automaker’s NISMO performance arm. The latest version is said to use the latest technology, styling and running gear that NISMO offers, which means we may see output match the 600 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque of the GT-R NISMO model.
That would mean 0-60 mph acceleration figures close to 3.0 seconds and a top speed approaching 180 mph. The previous Juke-R had 545 hp on tap and could hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Top speed was 160 mph.
No other details have been revealed but from the teaser we can see that the vehicle adopts the latest NISMO styling themes, which include red accents around the front section. It’s not clear if Nissan plans to sell versions of the new Juke-R NISMO, but it’s obvious the automaker’s hoping it will draw in the attention of enthusiasts like the original did.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed gets underway June 25 on the grounds of Goodwood House in the south of England. More of our event coverage can be accessed at our dedicated hub.