The Nissan Juke Nismo, currently priced from £20,395, was released in the UK market back in March this year. The Nismo model is a more performance-focused version of the compact but tall and stocky mini-SUV.
It’s suited to any family motorists who want a little extra grunt from their Juke or indeed any driver looking for a quirky alternative next to traditional hot hatches like the Ford Fiesta ST or the Peugeot 208 GTi.
The new Nismo RS version uses the same 1.6-litre DIG-T turbocharged petrol engine from Nissan as the previous performance model. Thanks to some tuning, however, the power output has been increased from 197bhp to 212bhp.
There’s no official performance figures released for the Nismo RS, but reports suggest it can now go from a standstill to 62mph in around 7.5 seconds. That’s about 0.3 seconds less than it takes the standard Juke Nismo.
The powertrain of the Juke Nismo RS uses as standard a front-wheel drive set-up and a manual gearbox. To improve the car’s cornering capabilities the RS model features an upgrade for the gearbox, as well as adjustments to the suspension and steering.
Also, the brakes have been improved and the bodywork has been stiffened to bolster the driving experience of the Juke Nismo RS further.
A four-wheel drive version of the Juke Nismo RS is also available, delivering extra grip to drivers as well as an automatic gearbox.
Inside the Juke Nismo RS, there’s certainly an emphasis on driving and the car’s performance. The cabin has lightweight Recaro bucket racing seats available optionally.
Outside the Nismo RS has an even more aggressive bodykit which improves the aerodynamic performance of this crossover model.
The body of the new Nismo RS can be finished in one of three paint jobs – black, silver or white. With any of these choices the exterior is complete with contrasting colour finishes for the grille and wing-mirrors.
The Nissan Juke Nismo RS will reportedly reach the UK market during summer 2014. No pricing details have been confirmed yet, but numerous reports around the web suggest that the RS will 10 per cent more expensive then the less powerful Nismo. This would give the Juke Nismo RS a starting price of around £22,000.