Nissan Nismo Road Range
As part of Nissanís high performance and motorsport range (Nismo is an abbreviation of Nissan Motorsport), it is with some anticipation that the Japanese manufacturing giant prepares to launch a road range of Nismo cars. Initially merged from two different Nissan motorsport divisions in 1984, the subdivision made its first car, the Saurus, in 1988 and manufactures and supplies aftermarket performance elements for Nissan including spoilers and diffusers, alloy wheels, suspension and engine parts. It currently takes part in the Super GT and FIA GT Championship and has in the past competed in Le Mans 24-Hour and the 24-Hours of Daytona.
After a showing at Le Mans this year, getting its second outing in Paris this September was the Nissan Juke, the first in the planned range of crossover cars.† Powered by a 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged engine delivering 197bhp at 6,000rpm, the Juke will come in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive variants, the latter coming with a CVT gearbox as standard. The two-wheel model will reach a top speed of 215km/h (134mph), moving from 0Ė100km/h (64mph) in 7.8 seconds, while the four-wheel tops out at 200km/h (124mph), its 0Ė100km/h taking 8.2 seconds. Importantly, Nissan believes that CO2 emissions and fuel economy will be unaffected by these performance improvements.
Outside the car, the changes are also significant and striking. It features lowered front and rear bumpers, wider wing and sill skirts, along with improvements to the grille and rear spoiler, allowing for increased airflow control over the back end of the car. Unique 18-inch wheels with all-season performance tyres complete a distinctive exterior. Stiffened suspension settings, new steering modifications and improved traction control ensure the car stays true to its racing heritage.
The sporting theme is continued inside the car with reinforced seating, aluminium pedals and an Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel, along with sportier themed gauges, gearknob and door trim. The in-car technology does not act as make-weight for any of the sports elements and remains up-to-date with Nissanís touch-screen, sat nav, rear view camera and Blue-tooth connectivity all included.
The Juke will be built alongside other Nissan models at Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK in Sunderland and will debut in January 2013.
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