Nissan has announced pricing for the 2014 Juke NISMO RS, a sporty version of its eccentrically-styled small crossover.

The 2014 Juke NISMO RS will start at $26,930, when equipped with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. Adding Xtronic all-wheel drive and a CVT brings the price up to $28,930. Both prices include destination.

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That makes the NISMO RS the most expensive Juke model, topping the all-wheel-drive Juke SL's $26,800 base price. Still, that NISMO badge isn't just for show.

Nissan's first NISMO RS model features a few upgrades that go beyond the body kit and mild engine tune of the Juke NISMO. Among them is an upgraded version of the stock 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 215 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque in models equipped with the six-speed manual and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive models get 211 hp and 184 lb-ft.

The manual transmission is also specific to the NISMO RS; its first three gears have lower ratios for quicker acceleration. Manual models also come with a helical limited-slip differential. Meanwhile, all-wheel drive models get sportier torque-vectoring tuning. The NISMO RS also features re-tuned suspension and electronic power steering, as well as bigger brakes housed within 18-inch alloy wheels.

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On the inside, the Juke NISMO RS gets Recaro sport seats trimmed in red leather with black suede center inserts. There's also an Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel and special RS dials.

The 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS is on sale in the U.S. now.


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