To audiophiles, 18,900 watts of power in a sound system is music to their ears, but to us normal folk, it seems like ear drum torture. Regardless, Nissan decided to team up with the Ministry of Sound to create a Nissan Juke with a monstrous sound system in it and released it for public viewing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans festivities.
On the outside, this flat-black Nissan Juke looks wild enough, with its unorthodox paint job and various black matte decals affixed to its body. On the inside, however, this Nissan Juke takes a turn toward the extreme, in the form of an 18,900-watt mobile DJ booth.
With the hatch closed the two speaker boxes, which each house an 18-inch subwoofer and several mid- and high-range speakers, feed through a perfectly tuned box to provide 150 dB of bone-rattling audio through the compact crossover. When the hatch is opened, the massive speaker boxes go with it, turning this Juke into a rolling PA system.
Complete with a DJ station and ambient lighting, there is no need to go to the club; you are rolling the club around with you. The tunes are piped in through the head unit via Ministry of Sounds digital radio app, so there’s no CDs to change or logging songs onto an iPod or flash drive.
This type of system requires extreme electrical power and the puny 12 volts from the Juke’s system just isn’t enough. This system includes its own power source, which Ministry of Defense does not identify. We can only assume that it is a series of deep cycle batteries, or it runs at a limited capacity when running off of the Juke’s electrical system and can be cranked to full power only when its power supply is plugged into a standard household electrical outlet.
I am not a huge fan of rolling boom boxes, but even I have to say this thing is pretty bad ass!
UPDATE 08/20/12: Nissan has announced a multitude of updates on the Nissan Juke Box, beginning with it’s UK price of ₤17,895 ($28,000), a new batch of photos, and a new video of the crossover hitting the road! Plenty to check up on with the Juke Box.
After debuting the Juke Nismo Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show, Nissan brought out the production version at the 2012 Le Mans. It looks like the company wanted to give customers an alternative to those who can not afford the Juke-R’s $590,000 asking price.
The new Juke Nismo will combine the radical Juke design with a unique blend of styling lines from Nismo. The new crossover has received a new aerodynamics kit that includes lower front and rear bumpers, wider wings and sill side skirts, and a modified grille and tailgate spoiler which control airflow. The final touch of the exterior is a new set of 18" alloy wheels. The same Nismo treatment continues on the interior where the crossover gets redesigned steering wheel, pedals, gauges, gear knob, and door trims, but also special suede-trimmed Nismo sports seats with red stitching.
Under the hood, Nissan has placed a tuned-up version of its 1.6-liter direct injection turbocharged petrol engine, combined with stiffened suspension settings and new steering modifications for sportier direct handling and improved traction control.
The new Nissan Juke Nismo will go on sale in Europe in January 2013. Sales in Japan and USA will begin at a later date.
The Nissan Juke-R has become kind of like a cult vehicle that people have been dying to see go to production. Well, to all you expecting folks out there, your prayers are about to be answered as Nissan acquiesced to the clamoring.
The Japanese automaker will be building the Juke-R in a build-to-order basis. And that’s not the end of the good news either.
According to Nissan, the production version of the Juke-R will carry the 2013 Nissan GT-R’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine, one that carries an impressive output of 542 horsepower and 466 lb/ft of torque. That’s a significant output increase from the 485-horsepower Juke-R Concept!
Talking about Nissan’s decision to give the production green light for the Juke-R, Nissan’s marketing product manager for the Juke, Gareth Dunsmore, said: "The Juke-R was originally intended as a one-off concept to marry two of Nissan’s most innovative models. But the reaction we had to the car in Dubai was amazing – people were making offers for the original on the street!"
We know that a lot of people are jumping at the chance to be one of the owners of the Juke-R. So to give you a small taste of what you’re going to be in store for, check out a video of the vehicle, called "Desert Nemesis" after the jump. Join GT Academy winner Lucas Ordóñez as he takes the Juke-R to the streets of Dubai to take on some of the fastest and most powerful supercars on the planet!
Hit the jump to watch the car in the Dubai desert. Full story
We are quite aware of the fact that the Nissan Juke-R has the same chance of appearing in Nissan’s lineup as the Prowler has a chance to come back into Chrysler’s stable of vehicles. Despite its rarity and the slim chance it’ll ever see production, there are more sightings of the satin black Juke-R than there are of Bigfoot. The latest sighting shows this twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6-powered crossover SUV tearing up Goodwood Hill.
The Nissan GT-R simply sounds awesome and not much else can compete with it from a pure sound standpoint. Well, after viewing the video of the Juke-R accelerating through Goodwood hill, we are convinced that this supercrossover is right up there with the GT-R. You are likely thinking “of course it sounds as good as the GT-R, it has the same engine.” For some reason, the Juke-R has a different sound than the GT-R does. This could quite possibly be due to the lack of sound insulation, but you sure can hear the 3.8-liter’s two turbochargers whistling away more in the Juke-R.
There is also something extra in the exhaust note that the Juke-R emits. It just sounds more like a racecar than the GT-R. Don’t get me wrong, we love the GT-R, but we would prefer the Juke-R to dilly dally around town in… Well, dilly dallying at a rather high speed, that is.
The Nissan Juke-R is arguably one of the most intriguing cars on the planet. Matching that quirky look with an aerodynamic package and the Nissan GT-R’s engine can do that. Suffice to say, the Juke-R’s existence owes itself to the Nissan supercar.
So what happens when you put one against the other? Auto Express went to the Bedford Autodrome to find out the answer.
While we certainly won’t disillusion anybody to think that the heavier and less powerful Juke-R can actually match wits with the GT-R, the video does have some interesting bits of information about both cars that we didn’t know about before.
What we do know is that the Juke-R comes packed with a 3.8-liter V8 engine that develops 480 horsepower with a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 171 mph. Compare that to the Nissan GT-R and its 3.8-liter V8 engine that produces 542 horsepower with a 0-60 mph of just 2.72 seconds, and there’s no question which one comes out on top.
Check out the video of the Nissan GT-R and the Nissan Juke-R get put through their paces.
If there was every any skepticism surrounding the Nissan Juke-R, this amateur video of the Nissan UK project taking on some of the world’s most powerful supercars is all the evidence Nissan needs to validate the tuned-up crossover.
The site of this race is the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai, where the Juke-R incidentally served as the official safety car. We can imagine that this race was set up pretty quickly with the Juke-R taking on a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Ferrari 458 Italia, and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG on a short and improvised sprint track.
With the credentials of the European exotics, it appears that the Juke-R has some serious competition - at least until the light turned green. That’s when the Juke-R simply flexed its GT-R-powered muscles, blasting the three exotics like they were plastic traffic cones.
Surprising is an understatement, but we do have to pay attention to the track conditions. It wasn’t the best one for racing, but all things considered, elements included, the Juke-R more than held its own against three of the most powerful exotic cars in the world.
Consider us very impressed.
The Nissan Juke-R that was revealed late last year caught a lot of people by surprise, not so much because it was done under our noses, but more so because it was a Nissan Juke being given such an impressive tuning program.
All that being said, some people have taken the Juke-R as a peg for their own programs for the Nissan crossover, including the boys over at Fox Marketing Cars. When they first got hold of what Nissan UK was building with the Juke-R, lightbulbs went off in their heads. So they went out and took a Nissan Juke and went ahead and built their own specially-tuned vehicle, called the "Juke-S."
Full details have yet to be revealed, but Fox has given us some tidbits of information to nibble over, particularly the impressive engine upgrade given to the crossover’s 1.6-liter MR16DDT engine that delivers 190 horsepower and 177 lb/ft of torque. Thanks to a turbo and intercooler upgrade, Fox Marketing was able to spike the Juke’s output all the way up to 400 horsepower.
Other upgrades given to the Juke include a new body kit, an eye-catching BASF Foxy Orange paint finish, a new set of 20" wheels with 14" six-piston caliper brakes, and an interior that will feature a pair of Yonaka Ronin racing seats.
Fox Marketing is preparing the car for its debut in the coming months to coincide with their 12th year anniversary. We’d love to see how the finished product turns out because looking at those two photos of the car, we can’t help but think just how hot it looks.
There are so many auto shows throughout the course of the year that it’s hard to keep up with all of the cool concepts brought to each one. Then again, some of these concepts are so outlandish that they will never see the light of production day anyway, leaving us with the feeling of being offered a delectable chocolate cake only to be reminded of our New Year’s weight loss resolution.
Even if production chances are slim for some, concepts hold a special place in all of our hearts because of the attention to detail automakers put into them. Automakers use these concepts to put out just how much they are capable of doing and quite possibly may do on their future models.
From three different, color coordinated layers of information to V12 engines with spectacular power outputs, concepts have a way of getting underneath our skin and staying there until the production model is attained. This year, our choices are unmistakable and in no particular order: the Jaguar C-X16 Concept, the BMW i8 Concept, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato Concept, the Chevrolet Mi-Ray Concept, and the Nissan Juke Nismo Concept.
Hit the jump for details on each of these imaginative concepts.
Nissan is headed to the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show with the Juke Nismo - a concept car that offers a first glimpse of Nismo’s future. The vehicle that was designed to "inject some masculinity and dynamism into the small car market" is getting even more agile and aggressive with the addition of the kickass Nismo package.
The new Juke Nismo Concept will be distinguished by Nismo’s signature colors - pearl white with red highlights - and an extreme body kit that not only offers a sportier look but improves the car’s aerodynamics as well. The body kit includes revised bumpers in the front and rear, wider fenders, and sill side skirts. The grille pattern has also been changed and the tailgate spoiler has been modified with the addition of side elements to control airflow more efficiently. The concept will sit on a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels.
The interior has also been highly modified. Everything from the steering wheel, pedals, gauges, shifter knob, and door trims have been redesigned to provide greater involvement when driving. The sporty bucket seats are covered in leather and are highlighted by dials and needles illuminated in red.
"As the Concept shows, Nismo brings new levels of individuality to mainstream Nissan cars like Juke. The future for Nismo is to develop premium sports designs for an ever-widening range of customers," said Nismo President, Shoichi Miyatani.
Hit the jump for a video showing the new Juke Nismo Concept in all of its glory, as well as an explanation for the idea behind the concept. Full story
There’s something about the Nissan Juke that just stirs up animated discussions. Whether its the funkier-than-usual design or its rather impressive performance capabilities, a lot of us in the industry have strong opinions about Nissan’s quirky crossover.
If you’re Nissan, all these discussions can only be good press for the Juke and if you want to stoke the proverbial flames, why not up the ante by building a one-off creation that places the powertrain of Nissan’s Godzilla sports car - the GT-R - inside the Juke.
You read that right, folks. A GT-R-powered Juke. Let the discussion begin.
The car is going to be called the Juke-R, which took its name from the GT-R-sourced twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 powertrain it’s set to have. The Juke-R is expected to produce the same 520-horsepower output as that of the GT-R. Based on the sketches Nissan has released of the one-off car, it appears that the Juke-R will also feature some aerodynamic modifications, including sport flared fenders, a new front splitter, a new rear diffuser, and a new set of wheels, tires, and brakes.
Paul Willcox, Nissan Europe’s Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing said that the Nissan Juke lends itself perfectly to a sports derivative and Juke-R explores that territory. "The Juke-R showcases two of the most exciting cars in our range and highlights the technical innovation that drives Nissan," he said.
"This car will more than live up to the dynamic driving experience we engineer into all our cars."
There doesn’t appear to be a timeline as to when the Juke-R will break cover, but considering it’s nature, we’re crossing our fingers that it makes an appearance at SEMA this coming November 2011.
UPDATE 01/11/12: The latest update to come out of Nissan regarding the Juke-R has something to do with performance numbers, and we’re really blown away by what it’s capable of doing. After running a series of tests, the Japanese automaker was able to pick up the Juke-R’s output with a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 171 mph. Check out the figures being drawn out in the latest video, which you can see by clicking on the photo above.
UPDATE 05/24/12: Nissan has unveiled a new video featuring the Juke-R in action on the Losna Isbane Ice Track in Norway. Check it out!