Bonkers Nissan Juke R gets the Nismo treatment

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Nissan Juke R Nismo

Nissan is to unveil a new, more hardcore version of its supercar-slaying Juke R crossover at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this month.

First created as an engineering exercise, Nissan shocked the world with the original Juke R when it took its mumsy compact crossover and fitted it with the 545bhp 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 motor from its GT-R sports coupe.

This new model, however, will bear the Nismo branding of the Japanese marque's racing and performance division, suggesting that it will be fitted with the more powerful 592bhp engine from the GT-R Nismo. That being the case, expect a 0-62mph time of less than three seconds and a top speed on the exciting side of 200mph.

The sole teaser image above, shows the Nismo model will wear a much more aggressive body kit than its hardly demure forebear, with exaggerated wheel arches, gaping air vents and red exterior detailing ensuring it won't be mistaken for the diesel version.

Under the skin, the suspension and brakes are uprated to cope with the monstrous power, though full details are yet to be released.

The previous Juke R went into an extremely limited production run after gaining a lot of interest from well-heeled Middle Eastern car enthusiasts, and was priced at a gob-smacking £400,000. Should this new Nismo version ever see the production line, it could cost as much as £500,000.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is on from June 25-28, in the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex.