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Spotted: Nissan Juke Nismo RS, the craziest Juke

February 2, 2024

Nissan Juke R

Nissan presented a wacky Juke in 2011. In fact, the brand had the powertrain of a GT-R plumbed into the Nissan Juke. The result was great. Nissan received many enthusiastic responses resulting in the Nissan Juke-R going into production even in an extremely small edition. But the price was absurdly high. To make the sporty Juke feel accessible to a larger target group as well, Nissan developed the Nismo RS version, optionally available with all-wheel drive. The new price at the time was just under 35,000 euros for the front-wheel drive version.

Nissan Juke Nismo RS

The Nissan Juke Nismo RS debuted at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The car is based on the Juke Nismo. The big difference is in extra power, a sharpened chassis and sportier trim. Front brake disc diameter increased from 296 to 320 mm. And the rear ones are ventilated from now on. Furthermore, the adjustment of springs and dampers was changed.

Nissan Juke Nismo RS

Powerful gasoline engine

The output of the Juke Nismo RS’s 1.6-liter DIG-T gasoline engine is 160 kW (218 hp), an increase of 13 kW compared to the Juke Nismo. Maximum torque has increased from 250 to 280 Nm for front-wheel-drive versions with six-speed manual transmission. A mechanical limited slip differential on the front axle prevents front wheel spin. A special exhaust system makes the Juke Nismo RS’s engine sound even sportier.

The all-wheel drive version has up to 250 Nm of pulling power. In addition, a CVT is standard for this version. This transmission also has an eight-speed manual mode and shift paddles behind the steering wheel.

Nissan Juke Nismo RS

Easily recognizable

The Nissan Juke Nismo RS is easily identified by its red brake calipers, 18-inch alloy wheels and RS logos front and rear. In turn, the exterior mirror caps are painted bright red, as is the edge at the bottom of the body. In the interior, Nissan applies a lot of suede. Nissan optionally supplied the Juke Nismo RS with exclusive Recaro bucket seats, xenon headlights, Nissan Around View Monitor including Safety Shield, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection. There was a choice of White Pearl, Black Metallic and Silver Grey colors.

Silver Grey

The one in the photos – painted Silver Grey – was caught on the A16 towards Rotterdam. The license plate would not look out of place on a Porsche 911 generation 992. The car was delivered in 2015 and has been in the Netherlands since 2017. The last ascription took place in June 2023. So the current owner – obviously an enthusiast – has not had it very long.