By VINCE REMBULAT
NISMO is the vision and name derived from Nissan Motorsports.
It embarks on an aggressive journey to expand its presence beyond the racetrack in key markets area around the world. NISMO is already a legendary brand among professional and grassroots racers as well as performance enthusiasts everywhere.
Now the brand with nearly 50 years of engineering experience and expertise is expanding to a range of affordable production vehicles.
Enter the 2013 Juke NISMO.
Currently at Tracy Nissan, 3195 N. Naglee Road, this Juke model features the track-derived design while giving buyers a choice alongside the affordable S, the well-equipped SV and the premium SL series.
“NISMO’s unique motorsports DNA adds a new dimension to the pioneering Juke’s long list of attributes,” Pierre Loing, Nissan North America’s vice president of Production and Advanced Planning and Strategy, said in a recent news release.
He added: “With nearly 100 separate performances, exterior and interior modifications and solid functionality behind every element, Juke NISMO adds a whole new dimension of sporty style and driving exhilaration – all within reach of performance buyers’ budgets.”
The exterior of this Juke is designed with enhanced aerodynamics. Try 37 percent improvement in down force compare to that of non-NISMO models.
The most obvious visual change is to the front fascia and grille, which was modified to better control the airflow to the engine. The new front and features a lower and more aggressive design. Juke’s familiar integrated fog lights have been replaced by thin-strip LED accent lights, positioned at the top edge of new small vents to the side of the larger grille.
Other features include the front sculpted side skirts having been reworked to enhance the aerodynamics, the door mirrors having been painted red, and the B-pillars finished in gloss “piano black” to further promote that sleek and sporty image.
In addition, the rear-bumper is deeper than on non-NISMO models while the redesigned body-colored liftgate spoiler and rear fascia diffusser complete the body medication.
The 2013 Nissan Juke NISMO is available in three exterior colors – sapphire black, brilliant silver and pearl white – with all coming equipped with red outside door mirrors and matching pinstripe around the base of the vehicle.
Inside, the Juke seats, instrumentation, steering wheel, gear knob, pedals and door trims were redesigned.
The front seats offer additional lateral support.
Under the hood, the Juke NISMO has Nissan’s advanced inline 4-cylinder 1.6-liter DOHC aluminum-alloy Direct Injection Gasoline turbocharged engine that’s rated at 197 horsepower and 184 pound-foot of torque.
This Juke is equipped with 6-speed manual transmission while the all-wheel drive version comes with a sport-tuned version of Nissan’s advanced Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission.
As for fuel economy, the Juke NISMO is rated at an estimated 27 miles per gallon, city, and 32 mpg, highway.
For more information, call Tracy Nissan at 209-820-6000 or log on to www.tracynissan.com.
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