Nissan is a Japanese brand that’s doing relatively well in Europe, helped by niche creating models such as the Qashqai and Juke. Instead of foolishly going head on with Golf class hatchbacks and superminis with a like-for-like product, these crossovers offer a unique bodyshell in their respective segments. They’ve been successful with sales of more than 100,000 Jukes after just a year on sale, so now it’s time for some fun.

This work in progress is the Juke-R, the first ever super crossover. Super because this is a Juke that thinks it’s a GT-R. The flared wheel arches, revised front and rear bumpers plus a unique split rear wing hint at the GT-R’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine under the hood. Under the boot hides the Godzilla’s six-speed transaxle, with the front and rear ends joined by a modified GT-R 4WD driveline and prop shaft. Chunky 20-inch RAYS forged alloys wrap things up.


Inside, the Juke’s dashboard has been transformed to accommodate the gauges, dials and 7-inch customisable LCD display from the GT-R. The Juke’s unique bike fuel tank inspired centre console remains. Two race-seats with five-point harnesses sit inside a visible roll cage.

Unfortunately, the Juke-R is not for production. It’s a one-off, road legal concept car, developed by Nissan and built by motorsports outfit RML with input from Nissan Technology Centre for Europe (NTC-E). Built to gauge the public’s reaction to a seriously sporty Juke, first tests are expected to be done in November. Crazy stuff!