Big, multinational car manufacturers aren’t known for going nuts. They occasionally go off in an odd direction, but very rarely do they do anything literally, completely insane.
Four years ago, Nissan did have a spell of lunacy, cramming the engine, gearbox and four-wheel-drive system from a GT-R into its new Juke crossover. The mutant was christened Juke-R.
The genre-defining Juke celebrates its fifth birthday this year, so Nissan has dug out the Juke-R and given it a refresh, creating Juke-R 2.0.
The styling has been updated in line with Juke’s recent facelift, though it hasn’t done anything to tone down the wild bodykit.
But much more importantly, Nissan’s engine bods got the spanners out and turned up the wick on the engine. So it now produces 600bhp. In a Juke.
GT Academy winner and works Nissan racer Jann Mardenborough will drive the Nissan Juke-R 2.0 up the hill and the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend.
Nissan did say it would build more Juke-Rs if anyone asked really nicely – and handed over a big enough cheque. As far as I’m aware, no-one did. Here’s hoping this new version prompts someone to dig deep. Something bonkers deserves to live out in the wild, not in a dusty workshop corner.
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By Only Motors