Nissan has officially announced that it is working on a different kind of hybrid by fitting the GT-R's drivetrain into the body of the Juke crossover SUV.
Nissan calls the Juke-R a crossover that thinks it's a GT-R since its flagship supercar's 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine resides under the bonnet while its six-speed transaxle, modified 4WD driveline and prop shaft are located under the boot floor.
The interior also shows signs of a Juke/GT-R swap as the Juke's dashboard has been transformed to accommodate gauges, dials and 7-inch customizable LCD display from the GT-R. Twin race-seats with five-point harnesses sit inside a visible roll cage that not only complies with FIA safety standards but also provides enhanced rigidity to provide the ultimate performance.
To go with the extreme--and fully road-legal--drivetrain swap, Nissan will outfit the Juke's exterior with flared wheel arches, revised front and rear bumpers, a unique split rear wing and 20-inch RAYS forged alloy rims.
Developed by Nissan and built by motorsports outfit RML with input from Nissan Technology Centre for Europe, this super crossover is a one-off, road legal concept car. It won't go into production.
"Juke lends itself perfectly to a sports derivative and Juke-R explores that territory. Equally at home on road and track, Juke-R showcases two of the most exciting cars in our range and highlights the technical innovation that drives Nissan. This car will more than live up to the dynamic driving experience we engineer into all our cars," said Paul Willcox, senior vice president for sales and marketing for Nissan in Europe.
Nissan expects to complete the first test of the Juke-R in November.<>