Remember last year’s Rally-prepaid Nissan Juke? Well, it seems that Nissan was quite serious about it, bringing it into the real world as a single tribute to the 240Z that won the 1971 East African Rally.
As its name implies, the Juke Hybrid Rally Tribute is based on a new hybrid variant of the SUV that is set to launch in the European market this summer. However, it has undergone a number of visual changes to make it look like a proper relic. Wheel arches have been cut to make room for 265 / 70R16-sized All-Terrain Goodyear Wrangler tires, which include more bold-on fender flares. The front and rear bumpers also have plastic add-ons with protective skid plates, larger foglights, bonnet mounted lighting units and an LED bar on the roof.
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Other changes to the Stock Juke include a roof rack, the removal of the rear windshield to make room for two full-size extra wheels, and the cool-looking dual exhaust pipes stuck to the rear bumper. The special livery is inspired by the Nissan 240Z of the East African Rally with a black hood, a deep red shade and vintage sponsored decals around the entire bodywork.
Inside, Nissan includes an intercom system with a roll cage, a fire extinguisher, a pair of racing seats with four-point harness, a rear bench delete, an Alcantara-upholstered steering wheel, a hydraulic handbrake and headphones for the driver and co. Has done. -Driver / Navigator so that they can communicate safely during the race.
Despite the tough look, the hybrid powertrain remains out of stock, so inevitably the Juke is slower than the original 240Z Rally car of 1971 that was recovered in 2013 and remains part of Nissan’s heritage collection. Thus, the naturally ambitious 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine produces 93 hp (69 kW / 94 PS) and 148 Nm of torque, and the electric motor produces an additional 48 hp (36 kW / 49 hp) and 205 Nm (151.2 lb). Ft) torque. Also a second electric motor is an HSG (high-voltage starter generator), a 1.2 kWh water-cooled battery, and a sophisticated multi-mode gearbox that transmits power to the front axle. The only difference compared to the road-going Juke hybrid is that the Rowley takes the biofuels supplied by the tribute shell.
As you probably guessed, the Nissan Juke Hybrid Rally Tribute is a single project that is not scheduled for production. Given the urban lifestyle nature of SUVs, we don’t expect any Juke hybrid owners to be inspired by the concept of DIY conversion, although an off-road prepaid Juke will certainly look great on the driveway. If it comes with AWD and more powerful powertrain.