2014 JUKE NISMO RS Debuts At Los Angeles Auto Show - Offers More Power, Handling And Race-Style Interior

   2014 JUKE NISMO RS Debuts At Los Angeles Auto Show - Offers More Power,
                       Handling And Race-Style Interior

-- New JUKE NISMO RS, the third model in 2014 JUKE lineup, combines sporty
design with enhanced performance

-- Features best-in-class* 215 horsepower, 210 lb-ft of torque and Helical
Limited-Slip Differential (manual transmission), along with additional
structural rigidity and larger brakes (versus non-NISMO RS models)

-- Special NISMO RS interior treatment includes genuine Recaro front seats,
carbon fiber-look finishers, special red-and-black color theme with, suede,
Alcantara® and leather appointments

-- Set for early 2014 availability at Nissan dealers nationwide

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2013

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- To understand the difference
between the Nissan JUKE sports crossover, the recently introduced JUKE NISMO
and the new JUKE NISMO RS – which makes its North American debut today at the
2013 Los Angeles Auto Show – the one word is all that's needed: More.

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"The concept behind the development of the new JUKE NISMO RS is giving the
customers exactly what they have been asking for – more power, handling and
exclusive equipment like Recaro seats and Alcantara^®-wrapped steering wheel,"
said Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy,
Nissan North America, Inc. "And the best part is, it does it in a very
balanced way, delivering up to 215 horsepower in combination with unique body
and suspension upgrades."

The idea of creating vehicles that can be driven every day to work, but that
you want to drive them the long, winding way home, is central to the NISMO
design philosophy. As Nissan's performance group, with its vision and name
derived from NISsan MOtorsports, NISMO is applying its near-50 years of
engineering experience and expertise to an expanding range of affordable
production vehicles. Like the 370Z NISMO and JUKE NISMO before it, the new
JUKE NISMO RS ups the excitement level for the driver while still remaining
attainable for the average consumer.

"JUKE buyers now have six distinct ways to experience 'Innovation and
excitement for all' – the premium level of features and equipment offered by
the JUKE S, SV and SL models, the sporty appearance and upgraded power of the
JUKE NISMO, and the race car-inspired design and fun-to-drive performance of
the new JUKE NISMO RS," added Loing.

Unique Engine, Suspension, Steering and Brake Tuning

With the addition of the NISMO RS, JUKE buyers now have three distinct levels
of drivetrain tuning to choose from to fit their driving style and needs.
Every JUKE model starts with one of the most advanced engines in the Nissan
portfolio – an inline 4-cylinder 1.6-liter DOHC aluminum-alloy Direct
Injection Gasoline (DIG™) turbocharged engine.

The engine's direct injection helps improve combustion, enhancing power,
torque, economy and emissions. The use of the turbocharger and intercooler
also help boost power, while the variable timing control for both intake and
exhaust cycles improves low-end engine response. For use in the JUKE S, SV and
SL grades, the engine is rated at 188-horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.

The JUKE NISMO increases the engine's performance to 197 horsepower and 184
lb-ft of torque. Also added to the JUKE NISMO are a NISMO-tuned suspension and
18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

As "king" of the JUKE line, the new NISMO RS ups JUKE's bragging rights to a
best-in-class* 215 horsepower (at 6,000 rpm) and 210 lb-ft of torque (at 3,600
– 4,800 rpm) for the 6-speed manual transmission-equipped front-wheel drive
model. The JUKE NISMO RS All-Wheel Drive with Xtronic CVT^® is rated at 211
horsepower (at 6,000 rpm) and 184 lb-ft of torque (at 2,400 – 6,000 rpm).

Changes to the engine to create the higher power and torque figures include
optimized engine control (ECU) settings and a revised exhaust system with a
larger main tube diameter and revised baffling. "The JUKE NISMO RS's exhaust
has been tuned to create a highly visceral sound worthy of its racing-inspired
roots," said Loing.

The engine's connecting rod durability has also been enhanced for use with
higher torque settings with the manual transmission, along with a strengthened
clutch cover and dual mass flywheel. The new, high capacity 6-speed manual
used in the JUKE NISMO RS is a different transmission than available in the
other JUKE NISMO models and uses lower gear ratios in 1^st through 3^rd gears
for quicker acceleration. Manual transmission-equipped models also offer a
standard helical-geared Limited-Slip Differential (LSD).

"We expect drivers to feel a noticeable increase in acceleration – especially
the manual transmission model – in the RS versus the regular JUKE NISMO. It
also holds peak torque longer. Combined with the Helical Limited-Slip
Differential, which helps reduce torque steer, the sense of driving excitement
is unmatched in the JUKE lineup," said Loing.

All-Wheel Drive JUKE NISMO RS models also offer improved acceleration and a
sportier driving feel. With its all-new steering column-mounted paddle
shifters, NISMO RS AWD's CVT utilizes technology found only in the Nissan
Maxima sports sedan for an available manual feel. The CVT's manual mode offers
eight step "gearing" versus the JUKE NISMO CVT's seven and base JUKE CVT's six
steps.

In addition, the advanced torque vectoring AWD system has been specially tuned
for the NISMO RS's increased active cornering, providing better line control
through corners. The system – standard in all 2014 JUKE AWD models – is
designed to limit understeer by increasing torque to the outside rear wheel,
helping the car follow its intended course, while enhancing agility, giving
the JUKE NISMO exceptional ride comfort and handling in spite of its higher
ground clearance when compared to compact cars. Torque can be split up to a
maximum of 50:50 front to rear, as well as shifted from side-to-side across
the rear axle, up to 50 percent per wheel.

Information collected by various sources (measuring wheel speed, steering
angle, yaw rate and lateral G-force) is interpreted to anticipate the driver's
intention. System actions are relayed to the driver via a real-time graphic
display on the instrument panel depicting the torque distribution under all
conditions.

A significant bolster to JUKE NISMO RS's engaging driving dynamics is a series
of special body and chassis reinforcements designed to help increase overall
rigidity. "The additional reinforcements and fixing points, used primarily for
the higher torque front-wheel drive model, contribute to the increased
steering precision and quicker response of the NISMO RS versus the JUKE
NISMO," said Loing.

In addition, the suspension and steering have been specially tuned to provide
a more exciting and agile driving feel (versus non-RS models) without
compromising ride comfort and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Spring
rates and damping force have been reset and the front suspension link
reinforced to enhance steering feel and response.

Like the JUKE NISMO, the NISMO RS's suspension has been lowered slightly
versus non-NISMO JUKE models, reducing the gap between the tires and
wheelwells for a cleaner appearance and improved aerodynamics. An independent
MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension are
utilized on FWD models, while JUKE NISMO and NISMO RS AWD models offer a
multi-link rear suspension design. A cradle-type front subframe enhances
lateral stiffness of the assembly. Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard
on all models.

The Electric Power-assist Steering (EPS) has also been retuned for use in the
NISMO RS. The JUKE NISMO RS braking system includes 4-wheel vented discs,
larger brake rotors in front (12.6 inches versus 11.7 inches), vented rotors
in the rear (versus non-vented in non-RS models), red-painted calipers and
upgraded brake pads.

"The JUKE NISMO RS has all of the actual hardware to go with the increased
power, just as you'd expect from NISMO – which through its decades of
motorsports experience understands that 'fast' alone is not enough, a car must
be 'balanced" to provide real performance," summed up Loing.

Racing-Inspired Exterior and Interior

The new JUKE NISMO RS shares much of its racing-inspired exterior
modifications with the JUKE NISMO. Compared to the standard JUKE, JUKE NISMO
and NISMO RS show a 37-percent improvement in aerodynamic performance – thanks
to items such as the front fascia and grille, which have been modified to
better control airflow to the engine. The unique front end features a lower
and more aggressive design. The regular fog lights have been replaced by
thin-strip LED accent lights, positioned at the top edge of small vents to the
side of the larger grille.

A NISMO-themed "red stripe" accent line starts on the upper edge of the large
lower grille and curves around the smaller vents and continues all the way to
the front wheel arches. This distinctive NISMO cue gives the nose a visual
width and presence while emphasizing the Juke NISMO's athletic stance on the
road. The signature Nissan V-strut grille is finished in a darker shade than
standard JUKE models. The distinctive JUKE combination lights are smoked as
part of the NISMO appearance treatment.

Subtle NISMO RS badges with a red "O" are located on the front grille and to
the right of the rear liftgate. The red pinstripe continues on the flanks of
the car at the base of the doors. The sculpted side skirts enhance aerodynamic
performance, directing airflow around the rear wheels and away from the car as
quickly and efficiently as possible.

To increase the JUKE NISMO and NISMO RS's visual stance, the wheel arches are
more muscular and are body colored. The door mirrors are painted red to give a
visual indication that these are not standard Nissan JUKEs. The B-pillars are
finished in gloss "piano black," also promoting a sleek and sporty image.

In the rear, the bumper is deeper than on non-NISMO models and the red
pinstripe is also visible on the black sill. The unique body-colored liftgate
spoiler and rear fascia diffuser complete the body modifications.

Also part of the dramatic exterior appearance are the unique 18-inch
lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/45R18 Continental
ContiSportContact5 summer tires, which help give drivers additional grip
during cornering and further boost the JUKE NISMO and NISMO RS's on-road
presence. The diamond-cut alloys feature a 10 twin-spoke design and are
finished in dark anthracite. The 2014 Nissan JUKE NISMO RS is available in
three exterior colors – Sapphire Black, Brilliant Silver and Pearl White.

Inside, JUKE NISMO RS's biggest departure from the JUKE NISMO is the addition
of genuine Recaro front seats trimmed in red leather-appointed side bolsters
and black suede center inserts. The seats, based on the popular Recaro
"Sportster" design, are designed to hold the driver and front passenger firmly
in place during spirited driving. They feature embossed Recaro and NISMO
logos, along with red stitching.

The JUKE NISMO RS also offers an Alcantara^®–trimmed steering wheel and
exclusive "RS" logo on the speedometer and charcoal grey suede (with red
stitching) meter hood. The surface trim around the center stack and shifter
features a special carbon fiber look.

Similar to the JUKE NISMO, the rear seats also feature red stitching. Like the
JUKE NISMO, other standard content includes privacy glass, Nissan Intelligent
Key^® with Push Button Start and the I-CON (Integrated Control) system with
automatic air conditioning.

Just one option package is available with the JUKE NISMO RS, the Navigation
Package with NissanConnect™ with Navigation system with 5.8-inch touch-screen,
3D-effect map views, Voice Recognition and NavTraffic capability (SiriusXM
subscription required, sold separately); NissanConnect™ Apps; Rockford Fosgate
ecoPUNCH™ audio system; USB interface (iPod^® compatible); and RearView
Monitor.

The Real Deal

Said Loing: "The new JUKE NISMO RS is the real deal. It starts with
racing-inspired aerodynamics, and high-quality attention to detail. It adds a
race-style driver-machine interface with racing-style seats, gauges, shifter
and steering wheel. Then it caps it all off with enhanced power and traction,
agile handling and improved exhaust system. It's the JUKE enthusiasts have
been asking for."

For full information on the 2014 Nissan JUKE and JUKE NISMO, please visit
NissanNews.com. Additional information on the 2014 JUKE NISMO RS, including
full specifications, will be available at a later date.

Key Specifications

              JUKE NISMO RS FWD                  JUKE NISMO RS AWD
              1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve,           1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve,
              turbocharger with intercooler,     turbocharger with
Engine        sequential Direct Injection        intercooler, sequential
              Gasoline (DIG™)                    Direct Injection Gasoline
                                                 (DIG™)
Transmission  6-speed manual                     Xtronic CVT^®
Horsepower    215 hp @6,000 rpm                  211 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque        210 lb-ft @3,600 – 4,800 rpm       184 lb-ft @ 2,400 – 6,000 rpm
Differential  Helical Limited-Slip               Standard
Drive         Front-wheel drive                  Intelligent All-Wheel Drive
Configuration                                    with torque vectoring
              Independent strut front / torsion  Independent strut front /
Suspension    bar rear, front and rear           multi-link rear, front and
              stabilizer bars                    rear stabilizer bars
Steering      NISMO-tuned Electric               NISMO-tuned Electric
              Power-assisted                     Power-assisted
Brakes        4-wheel vented disc, red painted   4-wheel vented disc,
              calipers                           red-painted calipers
Wheels        NISMO 18-inch aluminum-alloy       NISMO 18-inch aluminum-alloy
              wheels                             wheels
              225/45R18 Continental              225/45R18 Continental
Tires         ContiSportContact5 summer tires    ContiSportContact5 summer
                                                 tires

^* Wards' Small Cross/Utility Segmentation. 2014 Juke NISMO RS v. 2014
competitors.

SOURCE Nissan North America

Contact: Josh Clifton, Product Communications, Nissan North America,
615-725-1767, josh.clifton@nissan-usa.com
 
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