Is 200hp in your Nissan Juke Nismo crossover not quite enough? Then worry not – the Juke Nismo RS is going on sale from December, packing 218hp.
There’s no mention of the crucial 0-62mph time, but it’s safe to say the extra 18hp will shave some tenths off the 7.8 seconds the regular Nismo takes (8.2 seconds with the auto ’box).
Like the regular Juke Nismo, the RS will be available with two- or four-wheel drive – and impressively, the former will feature a mechanical limited-slip differential as standard, to feed power to the front wheel with the most grip.
The four-wheel drive model, meanwhile, features a clever torque vectoring system to divide motive force between all four wheels.
Nissan’s senior vice president for sales and marketing in Europe, Guillaume Cartier, said: “With Nissan Juke Nismo already accounting for a growing number of all Juke sales in Europe, the enthusiasts’ desire for more performance is clearly there. The new Nismo RS version offers just that and cements Nismo’s reputation as creators of digital age performance.”
The Juke Nismo RS is powered by the same 1.6-litre DiG-T petrol engine from the regular Nissan Juke – but it’s gone through the Nismo development programme to increase horsepower to 218hp and torque to 207lb ft in the front-wheel drive, manual version.
The four-wheel drive Nissan Juke Nismo RS is only available with the eight-speed Xtronic automatic gearbox, with the same power output as the manual, but a reduced 184lb ft of torque.
Of course, don’t expect the Nismo RS to be any sort of sleeper – it features a retuned exhaust system, as well as a smattering of RS badges, red brake calipers and optional Recaro bucket seats.
Buyers will get a choice of just three exterior colours – Storm White, Pearl Black and Blade Silver, and the exterior has been ‘aerodynamically optimised’ with lower front and rear bumpers, wider wings and side skirts, and a dark chrome grille.