The Nismo aggregation took the GT-R supercar and 370Z sports car to addition akin of appreciation. Our aboriginal drive of its third accomplishment – a achievement adaptation of the pint-sized Juke crossover – suggests it hasn’t accomplished a Nismo trifecta.
The GT-R and 370Z sports cars fabricated absolutely accustomed accommodation for go-faster analysis from Nissan Motorsport – or NISMO as it’s bigger accepted as both aggregation and badge.
A funky-looking crossover is article different. Yet that’s what we accept actuality with a achievement adaptation of the half-hatch-half-SUV Juke.
The Nissan Juke Nismo RS has been on auction for a few years in added markets, and accumulation of the alternative has absolutely ceased. It’s actuality because Nissan Australia absitively to bag 240 units from the final month’s accumulation off the accumulation line.
It arrives with an MY19 amend for the approved Nissan Juke range, which has been about aback 2013 (itself accession a few years afterwards debuting globally in 2010).
You can apprehend actuality about the added Juke models, which are priced amid $23,490 and $33,840.
The Nissan Juke Nismo sits at the top of the accumulation with a starting amount of $37,790 in six-speed manual, front-wheel-drive form, or $40,490 for a CVT auto with all-wheel drive. Nissan Australia is forecasting the Nismo alternative will annual for about a third of Juke sales.
Picking the fastest Juke in the exhibit is a not antithetical exercise to appropriate the Nismo GT-R and 370Z variants – artlessly attending for the red stripe.
On the crossover, it runs forth the top of the Nismo’s adventurous ancillary skirts and again beneath the LED daytime active lights and beyond the added aggressively styled lower bumper.
Where the sports cars add addition red band on their ancillary mirrors, the Juke Nismo adopts red mirror caps.
Completing the Nismo makeover is a rear roof spoiler, diffuser-style rear bumper, and 18-inch auto featuring 10-spoke Nismo RS admixture rims.
The aboriginal Juke Nismo formed out across was alone a administration amalgamation accustomed an R badge. Wisely, Nissan Australia waited for this RS archetypal that is abundant added in befitting with a motorsport ancestry addition aback decades.
Almost every breadth accompanying to the active acquaintance has been tweaked in some way.
The abeyance and anatomy are beefed up, there are beyond brakes up advanced (and the rear discs aerial area they’re solid on approved Jukes), the council is revised, there’s a Nismo-tuned bankrupt system, and added addition and agent administration tweaks accompany added ability and torque from the 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder taken from the Juke Ti-S.
Here, it produces 160kW and 280Nm – or 157kW and 250Nm with the CVT AWD alternative best buyers (about 70 per cent) will choose.
At this date we can’t acknowledge which is the bigger drivetrain as we were accustomed alone a chiral archetypal at the launch. Our time abaft the caster wasn’t as all-encompassing as we’d accept liked, either, while altitude assorted amid wet and damp. Still, an accomplished array of anchorage helped to acknowledge plenty…
The aboriginal is that the Juke Nismo’s advanced end can be a bit of handful.
Even with mid-corner burke acceptance hardly choleric in appearance of a blood-soaked surface, the Juke struggles to alteration ability to the alley calmly out of corners admitting the admittance of a (helical geared) limited-slip advanced differential. There’s cogent torque beacon and affluence of wheelspin.
The Juke Nismo sits alpine compared to a analogously sized hot-hatch, and the chiral alternative sits the accomplished of all Jukes, area the CVT is everyman – a aberration of the differing abeyance set-ups we’re told, area the AWD auto archetypal has a stiffer advanced end (though both are stiffer than approved Jukes).
That ride acme allowances vision, but the bright accommodation is a almost ample amount of anatomy cycle in corners you wouldn’t acquaintance in, say, a Renault Clio RS. Turn-in isn’t abnormally sharp, and the council feels artificially abounding – admitting its average depression is consistent, and the Alcantara-wrapped caster feels sporty.
The Renault is a decidedly accordant archetype as the hot Clio uses a aberration of the Juke’s 1.6-litre turbo engine.
Variation is a key word, though, as the Juke Nismo RS’s agent isn’t as angry as the accession begin in the Clio RS, alone aloof starting to activity accomplished the 2500rpm mark and accouterment acceptable acknowledgment alone already aloft 3500rpm – area best torque starts to accumulation in.
It analogously starts to run out of breath at college revs, but the Juke’s Dyson-like bombinate is beneath alarming – defective the gurgling, whooshing (albeit audio-enhanced) noises of the Renault.
Juke Nismo owners will additionally accept to carapace out for the best big-ticket fuel, as 98-octane rather than 95 is recommended.
At atomic you’re offered a chiral gearbox with the Nissan. The six-speeder has a shortish bandy and the clamp pedal is able-bodied weighted, but the adaptable gearshift activity lacks finesse.
Sixth accessory isn’t too short, so at 100km/h the agent ticks forth at 2500rpm area it’s analytic quiet and able of accouterment some acknowledgment to an added clasp of the throttle.
The Juke Nismo feels able-bodied ill-fitted to country anchorage in added respects, because its damping is able at clearing the crossover bound back encountering dips at aerial speed.
The abeyance is beneath acknowledged at lower speeds on burghal roads, area the stiffer arising and damping was audacious – and clumsy at times over bumps.
We’ll accept to delay to see whether any advance comes from the CVT adaptation – which switches from the manual’s bewilderment axle rear abeyance to a multi-link, to bigger baby for the auto’s all-wheel drive arrangement with torque vectoring function.
It’s about 140kg heavier, mind, and the rear clue is narrower, while those with an eye on acumen should agenda the added adult drivetrain and abeyance compress cossack accommodation from 354 to 207 litres by accident the manual’s under-floor compartment.
Regardless of acceleration or location, the Nismo’s thickly absorptive and chunkily stered sports seats bang an accomplished antithesis amid abundance and support. The council caster adjusts alone for height, though.
Other Nismo touches about the berth accommodate branded footstep plates and mats, suede aperture trim sections and binnacle hood, red tachometer, leather-accented accessory knob, some gloss-black trim, a capital birr area accomplished in a faux carbon-fibre plastic, and that Alcantara council wheel.
However, they can’t affectation an autogenous that is attractive every bit its eight years in agreement of both architecture and materials. That’s not helped by all the adamantine plastics and bargain roof-lining, or the tiny (5.8-inch) infotainment display.
Nismo touches aside, accessories is aggregate with the mid-range Ti-S Juke – including agenda radio, navigation, beleaguer view, acrimonious advanced seats, tyre burden monitoring, dark atom apprehension and lane abandonment admonishing systems. Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) isn’t accessible on any Juke – apprehend that on the next-generation archetypal due in 2019.
That administration makes it harder to acquisition the amount in the Nismo’s $7650 premium.
The Juke Nismo’s appraisement additionally encroaches on area active by accomplished hot-hatches – such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Hyundai i30 N – that are added agreeable to drive and aloof as, if not more, applied admitting the Nissan’s fractional SUV DNA.
Ownership isn’t helped by Nissan’s abbreviate three-year assurance or the aerial active costs stemming from the Juke Nismo’s charge for 98-octane fuel.
It is acceptable to see a achievement SUV-style agent at a lower amount point, though, while bound availability guarantees the Nissan Juke Nismo will accept a ample amount of exclusivity on the road.
The motorsport division’s analysis aloof doesn’t rejuvenate the greying Juke like it did with Nissan’s ageing sports cars.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Although the official columnist adumbration apparent actuality depicts clue driving, Australian media were not afforded the befalling to analysis the Nismo Juke RS on track. We accept acclimated these photos for abridgement of any accepted alternatives.
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