Nissan Juke-R is proof that Hoons exist at all levels of the corporate ladder

//Nissan Juke-R is proof that Hoons exist at all levels of the corporate ladder

Nissan Juke-R is proof that Hoons exist at all levels of the corporate ladder

Nissan Juke-R
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)

By |2011-10-05T07:00:20+00:00October 5th, 2011|All Things Hoon|15 Comments

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  1. Black Steelies October 5, 2011 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Nice. Not something I would lust after, hell I'd rather just have a regular GT-R, but it certainly grabs your attention. Nissan seems to me the odd man out in Japan, like an Asian Chrysler. It doesn't make the popular, boring sedan as well as Honda or Toyota, but it still markets a performance brand/style unlike the other two.
    The Juke on its own has left me curious since its debut. Again, not something I necessarily want, and probably not something anyone needs, but it sure looks like it's having fun. It makes all other cars look too serious.

    • Jeff_Glucker October 5, 2011 at 8:04 am - Reply

      I spent a week with the Juke awhile back… and quickly fell in love. I was not expecting to have that much fun. Also, I have a "thing" for ugly cars.

      • pj134 October 5, 2011 at 9:09 am - Reply

        Nissan knows how to make an entertaining vehicle. They just forget that some people like "standard" transmissions. I mean, what the hell, IT'S RIGHT IN THE NAME OF THE TRANSMISSION DAMMIT!
        I also think the Renault Wind and Megane would be fun if they would like to add that to the Nissan lineup. However, I would hope they give us a manual, dammit.

        • dr zero October 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm - Reply

          Unfortunately, the current Megane has lost its arse. Which is probably why I see more of them down here than the previous model.

  2. muthalovin October 5, 2011 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Maybe I just like cars everyone else thinks are ugly (hello Panamera), but I like the Juke. This Juke, is totally killer with the flared body.
    Word has it that Nissan is calling this the worlds "first super crossover." I think that title goes to the X6 M, but the Juke-R is so much more radical.

  3. PowerTryp October 5, 2011 at 8:10 am - Reply

    This reminds me of people stuffing a V8 into a Ford Focus. It's not going to do anything to new vehicle sales because you can't buy it. Will it be insane? Yes. Does it make me (or John Q Public) want a Juke any more? No, not really.

  4. RichardKopf October 5, 2011 at 8:46 am - Reply

    I wonder how well a GT-R engine would fit in a Lincoln Mark V…

    • Maymar October 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      There'd be enough room for a second GT-R engine? Maybe even a third or fourth, if you didn't mind sacrificing trunk space.

  5. Scandinavian Flick October 5, 2011 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Gives a bit of new meaning to the name…
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  6. Rust-MyEnemy October 5, 2011 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Many of these things are bought by elderly folk for the comfortable, high driving position. They amble along country lanes at 45mph and cause motorway chaos with their dithering, wandering and last-second lane changes. We call them:
    The Jukes of Hazard.

    • longrooffan October 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      totally caught me off guard with that, well done sir, well done.

  7. Jason October 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    I'm only a casual reader in the Jalop / TTAC / Autoblog world, but I've read enough to know that this:
    "On the other end of the fun scale at Nissan sits a car I don’t really feel like talking about."
    was damn funny. Nicely done.

  8. nurikxix October 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    You know. I think I'd drive this, just to screw with everyone who tries racing at lights. Add the fact that no cop would ever take it seriously and you have a proper sleeper, just add sound deadening.

  9. AMCRules! October 6, 2011 at 9:22 am - Reply

    I hate the Juke, along with just about every other car in it's class. I just don't like anything about them.
    That said, I think the Juke-R looks cool. I would drive one. Not a normal Juke, though.

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