Nissan Europe announced today it had delivered the first production Juke-R to happy customer number one, and was hard at work on a second. In reality, the Juke-R is less of a combination and more of a bespoke model, requiring mostly new bodywork and chassis to carry the twin-turbo V6 and all-wheel-drive system of the GT-R along with a racing-spec roll cage -- necessary given that the Juke-R can hit 170 mph and run to 62 mph in less than three seconds.
But even with those extra bits, Nissan's quoted price of $645,000 seems a bit extreme. For that kind of money, the Juke-R owner could have bought any available purpose-built sports car with change left over. At this level, automakers aren't selling performance but exclusivity and bragging rights, qualities only enhanced by oddities of design. Still, for that kind of money, I'd rather petition Jay Leno to sell his well-cared for version of the original hot hatch mashup -- the Ford SHOgun -- and pocket the difference.
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