Tokyo Auto Salon: Can You Take A Strong Juke? Yes, You Can

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
tokyo auto salon can you take a strong juke yes you can

Today at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Nissan unveiled its worst-kept secret. Assisted by attractive dancers dressed in white, Nissan “took the covers off of the highly-anticipated Juke Nismo” as the press release puts it. No, it’s not the highly anticipated Juke R, the cross-over with the GT-R engine. That has to wait for another Auto Salon. Or possibly one of the upcoming A-events.

The Juke Nismo, teased for what feels like a couple of years, is a Juke with a turbocharged 200 hp engine, actually with a 190 hp MR16DDT engine that has been chip-tuned to deliver 10 horses more.

Outside and inside blend in well with other cars on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon – which is like SEMA in Japanese, and without the big-breasted blondes.

The Juke Nismo can be bought beginning February 19 at Nissan dealers all over Japan. It would set you back 2,850,750 yen, or $32,000.

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  • Splorg McGillicuddy Splorg McGillicuddy on Jan 11, 2013

    I like the Juke but this could definitely use more power. My big problem with the Juke (other than those round lights) has always been with the manual transmission and AWD -- you cannot get that combo!

    • ICARFAN ICARFAN on Jan 11, 2013

      I don't think you can get a Juke with a manual at all unless you want to wait 90-120 days for a special order. Been shopping in the 18-24 thousand range for something with a manual tranny and all I get is blank stares from the salesmen.

  • Ryoku75 Ryoku75 on Jan 11, 2013

    Oh boy! 10 Extra HP! That'll really make this thing scoot!

  • Cprescott It is ugly enough. But why? You refuse to build enough of your products for your consumers.
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  • MrIcky It's always nice to see a car guy put in charge of cars instead of an accountant. I wish him well and look forward to some entertaining reveals. I think he and Gilles may be the only industry people that I actually enjoy listening to.
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