Last year a Nissan department based in Europe came up with the strange idea of putting the's engine in the new Juke small SUV. The car was introduced as a concept, and Nissan probably thought that was the end of the matter. Like most concept cars, the would be consigned to a lonely corner of a garage, and eventually disassembled.
A strong positive reaction from the car-loving public, which must have taken Nissan by surprise, dictated a different fate for the car. After the Juke-R's first public appearance, in Dubai of all places, Nissan capitalized on its popularity by releasing videos of it racing a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, and a GT-R.
All along, Nissan insisted the oddball Juke-R was nothing more than a concept.
That is, until one of Dubai's wealthy elite made a firm commitment to buy two Juke-Rs, if Nissan would make them. Another undisclosed individual also joined in, running Nissan's Juke-R up to three.
And with that, the company says it will build more of the cars, as long as more people come forward. The company even offered up an e-mail address, Juke-R@Nissan.co.uk, where parties can express interest.
Nissan does not say how much one of the mighty Juke-Rs would cost, however. Given the source of one of the initial offers, we can assume a lot. Probably a lot more than a GT-R.
To juice up the offer, Nissan says its production Juke-Rs will use the running gear of the 2012 GT-R, meaning 545 horsepower from its twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6. The concept Juke-R, based on the 2010 GT-R, only had 480 hp.
Nissan also released a new movie of the Juke-R on its Facebook page. Click here to watch.
If this idea really takes off, Nissan can start a whole new R division, producing the Altima-R, Versa-R, and Pathfinder-R.