I love weird shit, weird people, and especially weird cars. And the Nissan Juke NISMO RS is about as weird as cars get these days. Just like your nephew that dresses up as Thor and believes it, this Napoleonic runabout thinks it’s a freakin’ GT-R, and I’m not about to tell it it’s not.
What’s a GT-R, you ask? It’s Nissan’s insane, $100K supercar, and needless to say, it’s a lot faster than the Juke NISMO RS. That said, the Juke NISMO RS brings it when it comes to performance, with a raucous, 210-hp turbo engine, razor-sharp steering and handling that’s as flat as Kansas. An automatic transmission is optional, but with a manual shifter this perfect—seriously, it’s everything, I can’t imagine wanting it.
The interior is pretty intense, too, with small info screens everywhere, black leather and suede upholstery, and hard-shelled front seats that are straight out of a racecar, the latter requiring you to sit over their edges lest you bruise your ass on the way in (I learned this the hard way). And of course, the styling reflects this NISMO’s overly exuberant personality, with huge black wheels, smoked lamps, aggressive grille-work and body skirts, and occasional red accents. Completely polarizing yet whimsically adorable, the Nissan Juke NISMO is a character looking for a driver ballsy enough to drive it.
2015 Nissan Juke NISMO
Base Price: $28,845
Power: 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (215 hp, 210 lb-ft of torque)
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Fuel Economy, city/hwy mpg (EPA est): 25/31
Or you could buy:
Mini Cooper S
Renowned automotive journalist Steve Siler pioneered automotive writing for the GLBT community in 1998 and currently contributes auto news and reviews to Car and Driver Magazine, Yahoo Autos, The New York Daily News, Autoblog, Details, and many more. You can follow his adventures on Twitter/Instagram: @silerroad.