The Nissan Juke is an unusual crossover SUV for city driving, and it will definitely attract attention. But the Juke is more than an urban eyecatcher; it has special intrinsic qualities. It's a sophisticated version of the Nismo -- short for Nissan Motor Sport, and this car calls for a driver who can make full use of its potential.
The motor sport enthusiasts at Nismo have managed to squeeze 160 kilowatts out of the rather small 1-point-6 liter, turbocharged, direct fuel-injection engine. That's enough for a top speed of 220 kilometers an hour. The car we're testing starts at 28,605 euros in Germany.
The appearance of the NORMAL Juke is anything but reserved. The top-of-the-line model also boasts Nismo badging, and details with red accents.
The instruments, too, have badging and bright red accents.
The Nismo has its own special exhaust system that produces a sporty rumble.
Along with the suspension adjustment that's mandatory in a sports model, our vehicle has front-wheel drive and a differential lock. As an alternative, the Nismo Juke RS comes with all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission, which eliminates understeering by better distributing torque to the rear axle.