So you're already in the controversial elite who think the unconventional, amphibianlike looks of the Nissan Juke are awesome, but for whom the existing track-ready NISMO version just isn't track-ready enough? Then you'll be pleased to know that the 2014 Juke NISMO RS — the third addition to the compact crossover's model lineup, which we first saw at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show — has arrived in dealerships nationwide. This more-is-more, racing-themed model from the Japanese automaker's performance group starts at $26,930, including an $810 destination charge.
Nissan says the Juke NISMO RS "combines sporty design with enhanced performance," including an output of 215 horsepower and 211 pounds-feet of torque from its turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder; the engine is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission (with front-wheel drive) or a continuously variable automatic (with all-wheel drive). Rally-sport upgrades also include additional structural rigidity and larger brakes. Inside the cabin, NISMO RS continues the racing theme with Recaro front seats, faux carbon-fiber finishers and a special red-and-black color theme with suede, Alcantara and leather appointments.