The Nissan EXTREM: a new crossover

Now don’t go getting too excited. Sadly it won’t be coming to the U.S. anytime soon if at all. But either way it is too cool of a concept to not talk about. The new Nissan EXTREM is a crossover that is being planned for launch in Sao Pualo, Brazil. This concept marks the first ever vehicle that is being created specifically for Brazil.

“Brazil is a country of great natural beauty and it has a passionate, rich culture. But this is not always reflected in the cars on its streets, especially the more affordable locally produced vehicles which tend to be conservative in design, color and specification,” said Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer.

“EXTREM, with a dynamic, high-character design, is far from conservative. It was created to appeal to the country’s growing band of city-based young professionals who are passionate about design and want to make a personal statement. The lightweight two-door 2+2, has a dynamic stance, fresh surfacing, and a clear rugged ability to tackle the urban jungle everyday,” he added.

The design is based off of the Brazilian culture and energy. The Nissan EXTREM is a new genre of vehicles under the urban compact sports car category. The EXTREM will be powered by Nissan’s direct injection 1.6 Liter DIG-T engine that is turbocharged, a similar engine to that of the Nissan Juke.

For a preview of the Nissan Extrem check out the video below.

The Nissan Juke-R: A Power Juke

It was long ago confirmed that the Nissan Juke-R, a performance ridden version of the Juke crossover would begin production. Since then little has been said about the super SUV until now. Nissan has given a sneak peak of the Juke that got its inspiration from the Nissan GT-R supercar. That being said the first of only a handful of the Nissan Juke-R that are being made is ready for delivery to someone with much more money than the average American.

The production version of the Juke-R is much more powerful than the concept that was on display earlier in the year; being given the very same 3.8 Liter twin-turbocharged V6 given to the 2013 Nissan GT-R, the Nissan Juke-R is rated at 545 horsepower. That is substantially more than the 480 horsepower that the Juke-R concept had. Equipped with this souped up engine the Nissan Juke-R has a top speed of an astounding 170 MPH and can reach 0-60 MPH in under three seconds. This is not your typical SUV.

Nissan shortly announced the pricing of the Juke-R, and it falls roughly around $521,000. Though the Nissan Juke-R will be made in Europe, if you have that kind of money, getting it shipped to the U.S is the least of your worries. For the rest of who clearly can’t purchase one of these, the Juke-R will be featured in a new game for mobile phones, and likely others, called Asphalt 7: Heat, which will be available on iPhone and Android. Check out the videos below to check out the super-SUV and let your jaw drop.

The Nissan Skyline- A Supercar Story

One of the most sought after vehicles in the Nissan lineup is the Nissan Skyline, also known in the United States at the Nissan GT-R, but this car is one of the few Nissan supercars and for a long time was only available outside of America. Car enthusiasts everywhere searched for these vehicles on the chance that there may be one on U.S. soil because to ship one here from Japan could cost upwards of $250,000. Well here we will delve into the origins of this niche loved car and run through the history of how the now Nissan GT-R supercar came to be.

The Nissan Skyline was originally produced by a company called the Prince Motor Company beginning in 1955 and was marketed as a coupe luxury car; though it also was available as a four-door sedan and a five-door station wagon. The ALSID-1 as it was called featured a 1.5 L engine capable of producing 60 HP and had a max speed of 87 mph. From here the “Prince” Skyline was altered and added a quad headlight front end and was given a slight power boost. Shortly after the first sport version was built this time carrying a 1.9 L engine producing 96 HP.

In 1961 Prince launched the S50 series which again came in sedan and wagon styles but this time they redesign allowed for the car to become one of the most desirable vehicles in Japan at the time. Now powered by a 70 HP engine, or option of 91 HP engine the car had made strides in transmission technology allowing for a 3-speed of 3 speed transmission to be mated to either engine. The appearance of this vehicle was similar to that of the 1960 Ford Galaxie.

Well even though we have barely grazed the history of the Nissan Skyline, we end it here today. But join us next time as we delve further into the history of the Nissan Skyline, the supercar.

The Nissan Juke NISMO

At the 2012 Paris Motor show that took place last week Nissan its newest variant of the Nissan Juke, the Nissan Juke NISMO. With most NISMO upgrades, you normally can expect some sports upgrades such as spoilers, body kits, leather interior with NISMO stitching, and most of all a power upgrade to the engine. But with the Nissan Juke NISMO we got most of that, the thing that was most lacking was the thing we all want the most. The engine upgrade.

Don’t get discouraged, there was a slight power increase in the sporty crossover, it now gets 197 horsepower up from the original 187 horsepower and 184 Lb.-Ft. of Torque; but that’s about it. Everything else seems to be apart of the appearance makeover. The interior gets a facelift and now is garnished in plenty of black suede and red stitching of NISMO that cover much of the crossover including the new bucket seats. The exterior gets a similar appearance treatment with a rear spoiler to help with downforce, a new more “mean” front spoiler to make the car look more aggressive. Though with only 10 horsepower added its hard to believe the Nissan Juke NISMO being any more aggressive than the Nissan Leaf.

That being said here is a nice video detailing the new Juke Variant. We can expect these to hit the European market first, then Japan, ending with the U.S., maybe by the time they get here they will add a few more horsies to the Nissan Juke NISMO.