21 Nov
Quirky subcompact SUV gets a heart transplant from the GT-R

When we testdrove Nissan’s quirky Juke last summer, we noted that the sub-compact SUV was quite sluggish with its CVT transmission. Nissan’s latest iteration of the Juke — the high performance Juke-R concept — should alleviate any performance woes. Nissan is squeezing in the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine plucked from the monstrous R35 GT-R into the somewhat questionable looking Juke to create one of the strangest offerings in the auto marketplace — a 485-horsepower gecko with an estimated 3.6 second 0-60 clip. Decked out in a murderous black matte paint, the Juke-R looks the part as well with 20″ alloy rims, rear wing, roll cage and performance suspension. We tested the GT-R when it was first unveiled, and the beast was a borderline supercar — but how will the Juke’s chassis, itself taken from the feeble Versa, deal with all that power? We’d sure like to find out.

More images of the Nissan Juke-R after the Jump…

via autoblog

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