The original version came out back in 2012 and it was billed by Nissan as being the world’s first crossover supercar thanks to its twin-turbo V6 3.8-liter engine sourced from the mighty GT-R. Only a handful of units were ever made as the model carried a whopping price tag of $590,000 (37.8 million INR) so obviously there weren’t a lot of people willing to spend that much on a high-performance small crossover.
The engine in the original Juke-R was tuned to deliver 485 bhp, but most likely the new version will be upgraded to somewhere in the region of 592 bhp like in the GT-R NISMO. It should be mentioned that unlike its predecessor, this higher performance version will be tweaked by NISMO so expect to see an even more aggressive body to match the added power.
While the original Juke-R completed the 0-100 kmph task in as little as 3.7 seconds, chances are the Nismo-tuned model will be even quicker and hit a higher maximum speed compared to the older version which topped out at a very respectable 257 kmph.
Based on what we can see from this attached darkened teaser image, the front fascia will host larger air vents (with red accents) and a redesigned grille with a chrome/metallic bar interconnecting the lighting clusters. The front grille also appears to look different while the hood seems to be vented to cool down the supercar-derived engine.
Expect to find a fixed rear wing, muscular side skirts and a fresh set of alloy wheels while inside the cabin there should be some enhancements to further differentiate the Juke-R NISMO from its significantly more humble cousin.
Nissan has announced plans to stage the world premiere of the 2015 Juke-R NISMO at the Goodwood Festival of Speed which kicks off on June 25 and will close its doors on June 28. Just like its predecessor, expect the new version to be available on a build-to-order basis at a very steep starting price.