Nissan Juke Nismo RS officially on sale

Nissan’s new high-performance Juke Nismo RS, the sportiest Juke model ever built, has officially gone on sale in dealerships.

Priced from £21,995, the new Juke Nismo RS model is the eighth new Nissan model to be introduced this year, following the Pulsar hatchback and the e-NV200 van among others.

Sportier upgrade to the standard Juke

Hotter than the standard Juke crossover, the Nismo RS variant features a sharper chassis set-up, more powerful brakes and a range of extra equipment and options over the base model.

With an interior treatment unique to the Juke Nismo RS, buyers can also specify the model’s aggressive exterior in a choice of three colours: Storm White, Pearl Black and Blade Silver.

Additional options on the RS version include Recaro bucket seats and Nissan’s Safety Pack, which includes xenon headlamps, an Around View Monitor and the marque’s Safety Shield technologies.

Hotter than the standard Juke, the Nismo RS model provides a quirky alternative to traditional hot hatches like the Ford Fiesta ST and features a 1.6-litre 212bhp DIG-T engine.

It’s available in front-wheel or four-wheel drive formats, with a choice of either manual transmissions or Nissan’s Xtronic automatic gearbox with wheel-mounted paddle shifts.

Four-wheel drive models also benefit from Nissan’s high-tech Torque Vectoring System, which monitors and adjusts torque output to each wheel independently.

Other improvements to the motorsport-inspired Juke includes a strengthened body to increase stiffness and a braking system with larger discs than the standard Juke Nismo.

Juke Nismo RS… now a Pulsar Nismo RS?

Earlier this year, Nissan also revealed a Nismo concept for the recently-released Pulsar hatchback, complete with the same rakish and aggressive tweaks as the rest of the Nismo range.

With a dramatic styling design that features matte grey paintwork with assertive red detailing, the Pulsar Nismo also features a front bumper with wider air intakes and large brake cooling vents.

Deep side skirts, 19-inch alloy wheels and a diffuser-style rear bumper optimises aerodynamic efficiency, while twin exhausts and wide wheel arches complete the motorsport aesthetic.

Nissan has also included a bespoke carbon fibre rear spoiler, plus unique rear reversing lamps, a carbon fibre finish and chrome details around the side windows.

So far, Nissan has insisted that the Pulsar Nismo is simply an exercise in automotive design, however it has been rumoured that the marque is busy testing a Nismo Pulsar on the Nurburgring track.

More is expected to be known next year, but in the meantime the Nissan Juke Nismo RS is available to buy from Perrys dealerships now.