If you didn’t already know we’re fans of the existing Nissan Juke Nismo, giving it an award at the end of 2013. At the Geneva Motor Show today, Nissan has showed off the new RS version with extra power and styling modifications taken from the updated Juke.
- Power increases to 215 bhp (218 PS),
- Torque up to 207 lb-ft (280 NM),
- Mechanical Limited Slip Differential for 2WD versions,
- Six-speed manual or eight-speed CVT automatic transmission.
We didn’t see the Juke Nismo RS coming, given that the attention at Geneva was all meant to be about the subtle facelift for the whole Juke range. But regardless, Nissan decided to endow its Crossover / hot-hatch creation with extra horsepower and some additional performance weaponry.
The 1.6 litre turbo engine’s additional 18 bhp increase from 197 to 215 bhp is clearly the headline grabbing figure, but there’s also a subtle rise in torque for 2WD models with an extra 22 lb-ft of twist. Given the already riotous nature of the regular Juke Nismo, it’s probably wise that Nissan has fitted a mechanical LSD to keep things under control when powering out of bends. No word on performance figures, but a 0-62 mph time of 7.5 seconds would seem apt for the power boost.
A larger diameter exhaust helps everything breathe better, whilst adding extra noise, with bigger 320 mm front disc brakes and revised suspension settings keeping everything under control. Those brake callipers come finished in red are unique to the Nismo RS, as is the extra badging on the front and rear ends. Exterior changes taken from the regular facelifted Juke include: updated headlights, a new V-shaped front grille, LED side-repeaters mounted in (those still Nismo red) wing mirrors, and revised ‘boomerang’ tail lights. Colour choices for the Nismo RS are limited to White Pearl, Black Metallic or Silver Grey.
Internally, a new suede cover for the instrument binnacle, RS logo in the rev counter and what Nissan calls a ‘water print finish’ for the gear knob and centre console are the big changes. From what we can work out ‘water print finish’ refers to a carbon fibre effect applied through hydrographics. See, EngageSportMode can be educational. Of greater importance are the optional red and black Recaro bucket seats; we think you’d be a fool to buy a Nismo RS without them.
More information on pricing and availability will follow later in the year ahead of a scheduled 2015 release date. ESM is already very excited about the prospect of Juke Nismo with more performance, and it’s another string to the bow of our local car manufacturer. Plus, if the rumours are to be believed, we might well see a Juke with even more horsepower under the bonnet before the model cycle is out… That’s something to really look forward to.