Nissan’s Desert Storm
There is no better location to set a race than the fabulous city of Dubai. With a gorgeous skyline, fabulous cars, and even more beautiful roads, it is a motorists dream. It is of no surprise then that car companies flock to it to make their claim to fame. While some succeed at impressing its viewers, others go home empty handed. But with the Nissan Juke-R, it looks like it might just have taken the game to a whole new level.
Debuting its creation on viral YouTube video, Nissan has pull out all the punches with its latest car, showing the Internet what it’s capable of doing. Reminiscent of ‘Need for Speed Undercover’ type cinematography, the company employed GT academy winner Lucas Ordonez to take their one-off creation down the streets of Dubai against world famous cars like the Ferrari F458 Italia, Mercedes Benz SLS AMG, and Lamborghini Gallardo. Taking them on one by one, the impressive little Juke turned quite a few heads, blasting ahead of its competition.
In case you were wondering how a crossover could take on such supercars, this R model comes packed with twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 545bhp engine. Reporters at Autocar have noted that the concept is running gear from a 2010-spec Nissan GT-R, although for production purposes it has been upgraded to the all-while drive 2012 GT-R.
Gareth Dunsmore of the Marketing product Management team for the Juke said that the car was supposed to be a “one-off concept to marry two of Nissan’s most innovative models. But the reaction we had to the car in Dubai was amazing – people were making offers for the original on the street!”
After so much attention Nissan has said that it’s building the cars upon request and that orders can be placed in the next few weeks. While no prince has been confirmed, with the sum estimated around $600,000 (£370,000), the company said that it’s already sold three of these Juke models. Meant for the “high-profile and well-respected member of Dubai society,” it looks like this car might make it to a road near you.