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Power Packed Nissan Juke Nismo - Designed for the Young at Heart

| 23 Jan 2013 | No Comments

The new Nissan Juke is more powerful than ever, has its chassis modified and styling customised. Apart from capping the very successful Juke range, Nismo kicks off an entire line-up of road cars, quite encouraging to start with. Despite a higher centre of gravity, which makes it lesser compared to dynamic rivals like the Golf GTI, it has an unforgettable character of its own.

The Engine

The engine is a 197bhp 1.6 litre 4-cyl turbocharged one, similar to the one in the current DIG-T and the extravagant Deltawing racing car. The only difference being an increase of 10bhp and 10Nm of torque, causing the 0-62mph time to be 7.8 sec, a drop of 0.2 seconds, for the front-wheel drive model with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The four-wheel drive model, dearer by £2,200, is available only with a CVT auto gear box and takes 0.2 seconds more.

Performance and Experience

A few remarkable changes are the inclusion of front and back springs that are stiffer by 10%, retuned dampers for enhanced body control and recalibrated steering for swifter reactions. Though the engine makes a droning noise on full throttle, Nismo’s thrilling power delivery and quick throttle response, particularly in the Sport mode, are exciting to try and tame.

Experience the front wheels sticking to your line of preference, despite their whirling and scrabbling away, if you raise the throttle a little too early. Increased grip is expected to be a feature of the four-wheel driven model, but only time will tell whether it’s CVT will dampen the fun element.

The suspension feels less stiff than expected, which implies a more prominent body roll than a conventional hot-hatch, but drive involvement is enhanced as Nismo manages to transfer weight deftly from one side to another in the corners. Nissan Juke could have added more feel to the steering wheel, which regrettably can adjust only in height and not reach. However, the steering wheel in the Alcantara trim feels simply fantastic.

Appearance and Equipment

The new Nissan Juke Nismo comes in Silver Grey, Metallic Black and Pearl White, all with red mirrors and a thin pinstripe hued red, around the car’s bottom. At £19,995, the front-wheel model includes a modern 5.8 inch sat-nav panel, weather control and Alcantara seats. The Nismo’s appearance is beefed up with swollen wheel arches on the front, lower bumpers and 18-inch alloys with wide tyres that offer extra grip as well.

Nissan Juke Nismo will soon be equipped to download an iPad app which will connect with the vehicle via Bluetooth and store driving data, such as lap times. Such an innovation positions Nismo exactly at the spot where Nissan wants it – aimed directly at the Playstation generation.

Nissan’s Strategy

Nissan Juke has upped its game and has played beyond its supermini crossover arena, by creating the high-performance Nismo that boasts of striking looks and frenzied power delivery. Also, keeping its price under £20,000 is quite a feat, considering the gamut of equipment included. This model, first in the Nismo range, is designed to combat RenaultSport, Peugeot 2008 and Vauxhall’s VXR head on, with the 370Z and then a faster RC waiting in line to be launched.


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