- The 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS, which ups the horsepower and performance ante of the quirky crossover, debuted at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
- The front-wheel-drive Juke Nismo RS with a six-speed manual transmission churns out 215 horsepower.
- Other details include racing-inspired exterior modifications.
LOS ANGELES — The 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS, which ups the horsepower and performance ante of the quirky crossover, debuted at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. It is set to go on sale in early 2014 in the U.S.
Pricing was not announced.
The front-wheel-drive Juke Nismo RS with a six-speed manual transmission churns out 215 horsepower. The Juke Nismo RS all-wheel-drive model with the continuously variable transmission delivers 211 hp. All Jukes are equipped with the turbocharged 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine.
In comparison, the engine in the base Juke delivers 188 hp, while the engine in the Juke Nismo delivers 197 hp.
Other details include racing-inspired exterior modifications, including a lowered suspension. Nissan said the Juke Nismo RS shows a 37 percent improvement in aerodynamic performance, largely due to such things as a modified front fascia and grille, which have been designed to better control air flow to the engine. The regular foglights have been replaced by thin-strip LED accent lights.
The classic Nismo red stripe accent line gives the crossover a distinct look. The door mirrors are painted red and the B-pillars are finished in gloss piano black. The special model is available in three exterior colors: Sapphire Black, Brilliant Silver and Pearl White.
The Juke Nismo RS also gets unique 18-inch lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels, larger brakes and Recaro front seats with red leather-appointed side bolsters.
One option package will be available. It is the Navigation package with NissanConnect. The package also bundles a Rockford Fosgate ecoPunch audio system, USB interface and rearview monitor.
Edmunds says: Nissan says Juke customers have been asking for more power. Now, they've got it.