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Nissan Juke-R: available to order
You can thank the very wealthy elite of Dubai for the following bit of Good News: the Nissan Juke-R will see a very limited production run.
That’s right, that little Juke concept with a big GT-R engine literally stuffed inside has been causing the right kind of attention, and Nissan has today announced it intends to build more Juke-Rs upon request.
Nissan has received three firm orders for brand-new Juke-Rs, two of them coming from a “high-profile and well-respected member of Dubai society”. And while the original concept was based on the 2010 model GT-R running gear (478bhp), the production cars will pack the engine and drivetrain from the 2012 GT-R. You’re talking a tweaked 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine with tweaked cylinder heads, a reworked inlet manifold and new sodium-filled valves, and a double-clutch paddle-shift auto.
That means 545bhp and 459 torques. Expect a fractional increase on the concept Juke R’s stupendously fast sprint time of 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and top speed of 160mph.
“With such a strong reaction and with three genuine offers on the table,” says Nissan’s Gareth Dunsmore, “we decided we had to make the car a reality. The reaction we had to the car in Dubai was amazing. People were making offers on the street.”
We can vouch for this - when we sent Ollie Marriage out to Dubai in one of the Juke-R concepts to race some young pups in supercars, he was offered a seven figure sum on the spot. And the figure didn’t even start with a one. Or a two.
Read the full story on the Juke-R concept’s build here, and TG’s Juke-R battle against the supercars here. Nissan is only taking orders on the Juke-R for the next four weeks, with the first three cars already on the assembly line and ready for a late summer 2012 delivery date.