Frankenstein Reborn – the new Juke-R

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The Nissan Juke-R took its first breath in 2011. Dubbed a ‘crossover supercar’ by Nissan, the sportier version of Nissan’s odd-looking endeavour was no slouch – the limited-run vehicle was powered by a VR engine block from the Nissan GT-R, had an impressive 485hp and could propel you from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds. Not bad from an SUV made by the same people who thought the Nissan Cube was a good idea.

This year, the powers that be have decided the world could be ready for an upgraded Juke-R – imaginatively named the 2.0. To begin with, this new and improved version outputs 600hp. 600! For reference, that’s more than the Ferrari 458 Speciale and the Aston-Martin Vantage GT3, neither of which could be described as underpowered (the highest spec, but bog standard Juke, by the way, has a mere 187hp in comparison). If you can find a stretch of road long enough, the 2.0 is speculated to top out at just over 321km/h, at which point we imagine a little bit of urine will be coming out of whoever is behind the wheel.

The latest version has also had something of a makeover, making it an even more muscular and testosterone-filled incarnation, though calling it easy on the eye is a stretch of the imagination. Cooling vents in the front bumper are twice as big to cool the upgraded engine. The bumper itself has been upgraded to match the 2015 Juke, as have the front and rear lights, and the bonnet. There’s a new carbon diffuser in the rear bumper, and the wheel design is lifted straight from the latest GT-R. And, if you fancy a little colour customisation, you’re in the wrong place – matte black is still the colour of choice, and rightly so.

As with the 2011 edition, the Juke-R 2.0 remains a concept car for now, although should it receive similar enquires from well-funded car enthusiasts, we could be looking at another limited production run. 321km/h in a Nissan Juke? Surely that has to pique some interest.

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