More pre-Tokyo-motorshow nekkyou-teki (craze): Nissan is creating buzz for its Juke by floating two videos for the Juke Nismo. The car will be on hand when the show opens to the press tomorrow. The car is a prototype only, to gauge customer reception. If customers react positively enough, the car will be made. If customers react blasé, it will be forgotten .
“It depends on the reaction at the Tokyo Motor Show. If it’s quite positive, we’ll consider introducing it into the market,” says Nissan President Shoichi Miyatani.
So if you are at the Tokyo show, and you want that car, go to the Nissan stand and shout “watashi wa korega hoshii!” (I want it!) Don’t worry, you won’t be signing a contract.
Nismo is Nissan’s performance division, Japan’s answer to “M”, “R” and “AMG”. Starting with the Juke, Nismo aims to make performance versions of Nissan’s mainstream lineup, Miyatani says.
Specs of the Juke Nismo are not known, but better be revealed at the TMS in order to make those hearts pound with anticipation.
One thing the Juke Nismo is not: The Juke R, that had created buzz on the webs for a while. My contacts at Nissan assured me that the Juke Nismo is no GT-R in Juke’s clothing. From what I am hearing, the Juke R will be limited to a few very much hand built versions, enough to create excitement by setting a seven minute plus time on the Nordschleife. Wouldn’t that be a hoot?
Street legal? Maybe. Production model? It probably will be as mass-produced as the top ranking Radical. I.e. not.