Priced from £21,995 on the road, the car is the eighth new Nissan to be introduced in 2014.
With improved performance, a sharper chassis set-up, more powerful brakes and extra equipment, the new RS is billed as a more extreme and focused version of Nissan’s award-winning compact crossover.
Options include special Recaro sports ‘bucket’ seats and a Safety Pack that includes the following: Xenon headlamps, Nissan’s Around View Monitor and Safety Shield, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection.
The new Juke Nismo RS is available in a choice of three exterior colours – Storm White, Pearl Black and Blade Silver – with a single interior treatment.
Despite its performance potential, the Juke Nismo still scores highly when it comes to practicality. Two-wheel-drive versions now benefit from a 40 per cent increase in carrying capacity, while a two-stage floor and fold-flat rear seats make the space even more flexible.
Developed with Nismo’s extensive global motorsport experience, the Nismo RS features a 1.6-litre DIG-T engine that develops 218PS (160kW), while torque in two-wheel drive/manual transmission versions is 280Nm.
Two-wheel-drive models benefit from the addition of a mechanical Limited Slip Differential (LSD) on the driven front wheels, while four-wheel drive models feature Nissan’s advanced Torque Vectoring System as standard, along with Nissan’s Xtronic transmission, 250Nm of torque and standard-fit steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts.