What Is It?
2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS
What's Special About It?
Last year, Nissan's in-house performance group, Nismo, introduced a hopped-up version of the oddly styled Juke hatchback/crossover. The Juke Nismo made only modest gains in terms of performance over the standard models, though, so it didn't attract much attention.
At this year's Los Angeles auto show, however, Nissan unveiled the new Juke Nismo RS, which receives a more substantial gain in performance. Power output from the RS's 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder has been increased to 215 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. That's up from the standard Nismo's 197 hp and 184 lb-ft and the base Juke's 199 hp and 177 lb-ft. For the full effect, a retuned exhaust promises a more inspiring note. A six-speed manual transmission with more performance-focused ratios is available and it's paired with a helical limited-slip differential. Opting for the continuously variable transmission (CVT) will eliminate the differential and drops power down to 211 hp and 184 lb-ft, but will get you all-wheel drive, torque vectoring and paddle shifters.
The Juke Nismo RS's chassis also benefits from added structural rigidity and bigger brakes. According to Nissan, those chassis reinforcements will sharpen steering and liven up cornering response. The suspension has been given a retuning as well, with front-drive Jukes sticking with a torsion-beam layout in back, while AWD models go the multilink route.
The body receives a few tweaks, too, building on the existing Nismo and enhancing the front fascia to better manage airflow to the engine and improve overall aerodynamics. The cabin also gets a racy treatment, with leather and suede Recaro seats, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and contrasting red stitching.
The navigation package represents the only available option and is paired with, among other things, a Rockford Fosgate sound system and rearview camera. Pricing will be announced at a later date, but we're told the RS won't be significantly more expensive than the rest of the Juke lineup. Look for the 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS in dealerships early next year.
What Edmunds Says: Nissan takes another step toward making its funky Juke more sporty and aggressive.
Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
Gearbox: Six-speed manual or CVT
Power: 215 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (211 for CVT), 210 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm (184 for CVT @ 2,400 rpm)