The new Nissan Juke NISMO RS, which just debuted at the Los Angeles motor show, is an interesting proposition. It’s based on the regular Juke NISMO, but it offers more power, improved handling and some fancy Recaro seats.
Its 1.6-liter turbocharged engine now churns out 215 hp, which is 8 hp more than before, unequally divided among the four wheels most of the time, with a prominent front-wheel drive bias under normal driving conditions.
Still, cars ordered with manual six-speed gearboxes can also be fitted with a limited-slip differential to help get the power down out of corners. Reviews of the regular NISMO say it’s not necessarily a bad thing to drive, so the advent of improved chassis rigidity and bigger brakes can only serve to make it better.
Nissan gives this special RS model a unique interior treatment, with carbon fiber (look) trim, a red-and-black color theme featuring mixes of leather and suede.
Then we have the Recaro seats which completely transform the interior ambiance, or at least they seem to do so in the photos which you can check out in the gallery below.
By Andrei Nedelea