April 24th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham
For a car that’s a shade under $34,000 I was surprised at just how solidly built the Nissan Juke feels to drive. But then, I shouldn’t be surprised: look at it. You could stick an M16 machine gun on the top, paint it in camo and it wouldn’t look out of place as a military rapid response vehicle.
Nissan says it’s a cross between a sports car and an SUV. This is not true – there’s nothing much sporty about 86kW and 158Nm of torque and it is slow. However, it does drive very well, it’s not that thirsty for its size – 6.3l/100km on the combined cycle (I managed 6.7) – and there’s enough room for four adults and some light luggage.
In a market where some manufacturers produce boring-looking vehicles Nissan has (if you exclude the more conventional Tiida and Wingroad, and the corporate-styled Maxima) elected to create Continue reading “Nissan Juke Ti 2012 Review” »
October 13th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Nissan’s UK arm recently undertook an ambitious project when it decided to drop the running gear of a GT-R supercar into the body of its Juke crossover.
Building the Juke-R means taking the 390kW GT-R’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 motor and creating space for it in the compact crossover’s engine bay. That alone would be tricky enough but the Juke-R will also be fitted with the full all-wheel-drive system, the GT-R’s electronics and complete drivetrain. Not exactly something you’d knock together in your garage with a few mates.
All sorts of issues have already arisen for the engineers of the manic Juke including shortening the wheelbase of the standard GT-R and adapting the Juke dashboard to fit the GT-R display screen. Continue reading “Nissan Juke-R Prototype – new video update” »
October 5th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Work is progressing the Nissan Juke-R project that will see the big-power drivetrain from Nissan’s GT-R supercar wedged into the Juke small crossover. Two street legal prototypes are currently being built in a collaboration effort by Nissan Europe and motorsports firm RML. One of the prototypes will be in RHD with the other in LHD.
The Godzilla motor is the latest version of this 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 monster and produces 390kW of power and 612Nm of peak torque. Nissan’s engineers mounted the GT-Rs six-speed transaxle under the boot while the front and rear ends are joined by a modified GT-R 4WD driveline and prop shaft.
Once the frog-eyed Juke has it’s new engine in place Nissan will modify the exterior with a carbon-fibre wide body kit that includes several GT-R styling touches. These include hood vents and a prominent rear wing, filling the guards will be 20-inch RAYS forged alloy rims. Continue reading “Work continues on GT-R powered Nissan Juke-R (+video)” »
September 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Taking the powertrain from a high-performance vehicle and dropping it into something totally different can be a great idea. But not always, and the latest carmaker to try its hand is Nissan Europe which has confirmed that a special one-off high-powered Juke crossover is being developed.
So which of Nissan’s hard core engines will make it into the Juke? None other than the twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 mill that powers the current Nissan GT-R. This will turn the Juke into a 390kW machine and has seen the concept dubbed ‘Super Juke’. With the larger engine the Super Juke should accelerate from standing to 100km/h in under four seconds and on to a top speed of dangerous proportions.
Rally-inspired sports styling is also expected with the concept so prepare for enlarged wheel arches, a deep front splitter, bonnet vents, two-story rear wing and stripped-out interior for reduced weight. Continue reading “Nissan GT-R engine + Juke Crossover = Super Juke” »
October 12th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
2011 Nissan Juke commercial – Juke takes on ‘The Dread’
October 11th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
2011 Nissan Juke commercial – Ultimate donut machine?
September 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
Promo on the new 2010 Nissan Juke.
July 5th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
The Nissan Juke, baby brother to the Qashqai and Murano, is on the verge of launching in Europe and could be making its way here to NZ.
It follows in the wheeltracks of Murano and the successful Qashqai & Qashqai+2. Like its bigger brothers, Juke is a distinctive combination of SUV and sporty style. Conceived to inject some masculinity and dynamism into the small car market.
“It takes the best elements of an SUV and sports car and combines them,” says Vincent Wijnen, Nissan’s European Vice President for Marketing. “It’s roomy yet compact, robust yet dynamic and practical yet playful.”
From a design standpoint, the lower portion of Juke is SUV. It combines chunky 17-inch wheels, wide tyres, extended ground clearance and a robust stance with a top portion that’s high waisted, has slim visor-like side glass graphics and a coupe-style falling roofline. The coupe effect is further underlined by the rear doors which have their handles hidden in the frame of the door.
Juke was created at the London-based Nissan Design Europe (NDE) and refined at Nissan’s Design Centre (NDC) in Japan. Its unique shape was first seen in the Qazana show car shown at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, its lines are carried over virtually intact from the Qazana.
In terms of handling the Juke’s compact dimensions and wide track means it has competent handling characteristics along and enhanced levels of refinement. Juke is based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance B-Platform, which has been updated for this application.
Continue reading “Nissan Juke could be heading to NZ soon” »