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Impul gives its take on the Nissan Juke

Japanese tuner Impul has either improved or ruined the already awkwardly styled Nissan Juke.

Nissan Juke wearing Impul's body kit
Impul's Nissan Juke is either much cooler or more awkward-looking than its stock aesthetic. Impul

It's been a while since we've showcased a tuner car here on the Car Tech Blog, but after getting an eyeful of Japanese tuner Impul's take on the already love-it-or-leave-it stylings of the 2011 Nissan Juke, we couldn't help but take another look.

The Impul Juke benefits (or suffers) from a new front bumper with a more aggressive lower lip, side skirts, and a rear diffuser, as well as a restyled grill and a huge, aggressive rear wing. There are also larger wheels in a Hyper Black finish, side-window vent visors, and what look like small winglets hanging from the bottom of the side mirrors. Rounding out the look are Impul script graphics along the vehicle's flanks and Impul badging at both ends.

For the enterprising Juke driver who'd like a bit of go-faster with the extra-aggressive styling, Impul also manufactures and supplies an array of performance parts, including a performance ECU, a more freely flowing throttle body, and an axle-back exhaust kit--all of which should unlock a few more ponies from the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. Handling improvements come from available high-performance brake pads, upgraded dampers, and stiffer springs.

My Japanese is a bit rusty so data on the actual power and handling gains from the performance parts eludes me, but does the Impul Juke at least manage to look better than the standard Juke? Sound off in the comments with your opinions.