Here at Hooniverse, we’re big fans of the Nissan GT-R. Any critic who knocks the car has simply never driven one. It’s an amazing machine, which is capable of open-hand slapping cars that wear far larger price tags. On the other end of the fun scale at Nissan sits a car I don’t really feel like talking about, but somewhere in the middle lies the Juke.
It’s certainly an odd bird, but it’s unique skin hides a vehicle that is surprisingly fun to drive. If you opt for the all-wheel-drive version you’re saddled with a CVT, however the front-driver Juke can be equipped with a manual transmission. Under the hood sits the MR16DDT, which is not a wrestling move but rather a 1.6-liter four banger that puts out 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than adequate to invoke “fun” in the sub-3,000-pound Juke.
Nissan must have a few hoons employed in upper management, however, because the automaker has decided to let a few outsourced engineers fit quite a different powertrain setup under the skin of the Juke. Say hello to the Nissan GT-R-powered Juke-R, and learn more about it by watching the video posted after the break.
(Source: YouTube via TheTruthAboutCars)