Nissan to Sell 545-HP Juke-R, With a Catch

Nissan Juke-R

You’re not a real car enthusiast unless you’re in love with, or at least fascinated on some level by, the Nissan Juke-R.

Even if you absolutely loathe what the Juke-R represents, you’re an enthusiast because you are effected on a primal level by a car that, in a sane and ordinary world, wouldn’t exist.

Why should a twenty-thousand-dollar small crossover, which looks a lot like the business end of a frog, be fitted with a 545-hp supercar engine? It shouldn’t. It doesn’t make any sense. Nobody would buy one. And yet, it happened. And the result is the new definition of the word “awesome.”

Things are about to get even better, too, because this baby’s going into production! Sort of.

The details of the Juke-R’s production run make about as much as sense as the vehicle’s existence itself.

First of all, don’t expect to see this little mutant sitting next to a Sentra at your nearest Auto Row. Nissan has opened orders and will accept them for another month or so, but will only custom build the Juke-R for paying customers.

Before going any further, remember the Juke-R came into being after getting injected with the innards of a 2010 Nissan GT-R. Somehow, Godzilla’s guts fit, and the modest 188-hp ugly duckling turned into a raging 485-hp super-machine.

The “production” Juke-R, though, will use the powertrain from the 2013 GT-R, which means saying goodbye to the inadequate 485 hp and upgrading to 545 ponies. Interested?

Of course you are. Start searching the couch cushions, though, because you’ll need a lot more than the hundred grand or so it takes to buy a GT-R. In fact, you’ll need even more than the $120,000 you’d need to buy a GT-R and a base Juke separately. A lot more.

Nissan has tentatively priced the Juke-R at about $590,000. Seriously. That means there is $470,000 worth of conversion labor built into the Juke-R’s price. I’m suddenly much less interested, but somehow have a feeling the price won’t stop others from bringing home the coolest little car mutant ever created.

Would you rather spend $590,000 on a one-of-a-kind Juke-R or $100K on a run-of-the-mill GT-R?

-tgriffith

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  1. May 7th, 2012 at 19:30 | #1

    Definitely go with the GTR and not that crappy VALUE of a Juke. I would have bought the GTR if it didn’t lack in the areas which the Shelby GT500 shine so well in (appearance, interior). Although it’s still a tough call between the Corvette ZR1 and the GTR after the Shelby GT500.

  2. Randy
    May 7th, 2012 at 17:36 | #2

    Ah Dubai. International home of good taste and restraint.

  3. tgriffith
    May 7th, 2012 at 14:20 | #3

    At least 3 buyers so far… guess where from? Dubai. Curious to see if anyone from the USA ponies up.

  4. panayoti
    May 7th, 2012 at 12:39 | #4

    This just might be the sole exception to my old axiom of “there’s an ass for every seat”. I’d be curious to see if Nissan has ANY takers for this absurd concept. Keep us updated TG.

  5. May 7th, 2012 at 10:47 | #5

    That car is just stupid. Powerful it may be but it is just too ugly.

  6. Randy
    May 7th, 2012 at 08:57 | #6

    Funny you call such a good looking and capable car as the GR-R “run of the Mill.” The Juke-R is one of those absurd cars with the flat paint (that will always look crappy on the street) and the looks of a Glock handgun with a laser sight system bolted on. It’s meant to draw attention by being extreme looking. On the other hand, the GT-R is a genuinely good car (if you’re looking for REAL high performance) with the look and feel of a supercar like Ferrari at a much lower price. I suppose if you’re going to dress up in full battle armor to go out on a date, the Juke-R will look the part, but if I’m picking up a supermodel for a night at the casino, the GT-R will do it. She wouldn’t even get into the Juke-R, which looks like a lesbian butch GI Jane hauler.

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