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Nissan Juke Nismo RS outpunches Golf GTI for £5k less

Published: 18 December 2014 Updated: 26 January 2015

Prices for the Nissan Juke Nismo RS have been announced today – and it’s going to have more power than a VW Golf GTI for £5k less.

Nissan will sell the Juke Nismo RS for £21,995. UK deliveries start this week, making it the eighth new model launched by the brand in 2014.

Background: the go-faster Juke

The Juke has been given a typical Nissan Motorsport makeover: peak power from the 1.6 petrol climbs to 215bhp, thanks to a hefty dose of good old-fashioned turbo boost.

The DIG-T engine comes in two states of tune. Front-wheel drive Juke Nismo RS models produce 207lb ft of torque, while the four-wheel drive transmission can’t cope with all that grunt so torque is capped at 184lb ft.

Front-wheel drive Juke Nismo RS models come with a manual gearbox and a mechanical limited-slip differential to tame furious wheelspin that could result; 4wd models use Nissan’s torque vectoring system and Xtronic auto ‘box with paddle shifts.

Click here for a review of the regular Nissan Juke Nismo.

Nissan Juke Nismo RS: the spec

Upgrades for your £21,995 include a stiffer body shell, more powerful brakes and revised spring and damper rates to ensure that the go-faster Juke handles, steers and stops better than regular models.

And 2wd Jukes now have 40% more bootspace. That’s a pretty substantial increase made possible by reshaping the boot floor – but also a reminder of how poxy the Juke’s boot is.

Options include Recaro sports seats, lane-departure warning systems, panoramic 360deg cameras and Moving Object Detection to spot hazards ahead.

Does it seem contradictory to foist high-performance garb on to a compact 4×4?

Many readers will doubtless think so. But car manufacturers are seeing soaraway sales – the Juke was the tenth best-selling car in the first 10 months of 2014 – and applying age-old go-faster logic to create a hero model.

The Nissan Juke Nismo RS is the result. Click here to find out why there’ll be a Qashqai Nismo too.

By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, car news magnet, crafter of words