What to Read Next

2013 Nissan Juke NISMO grabs all the Q-ship cred

jhyde1
Motoramic
7 February 2013

If the old Family Feud ever staged an episode for auto enthusiasts only and asked what kind of car a random 100 gearheads most want to see built, the best answer would be "affordable all-wheel-drive sports car." And suddenly, there's a new one: the 2013 Nissan Juke NISMO, a less-threatening, more socially acceptable version of the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer EVO that once enthralled us all. Yet I bet that most gearheads won't — or can't — look much past the hood.

Nissan sold about 36,358 Jukes last year, an underwhelming number compared to the 115,778 Kia Souls that hit American streets in 2012. To many, the Juke's simply too weird to consider, with a front end that looks like a half-folded Bakugan. It's not a bad car mechanically, and unlike the Versa and the Soul doesn't punish its budget buyers with a cheap-feeling interior.

Under its NISMO tuner brand, Nissan has upped the Juke's already notable 188-hp engine to 197 hp, and added bits both cosmetic and useful, from bolstered front seats and 18-inch alloy wheels to a graphics package that can be easily deleted. Nissan says it will offer front-wheel and all-wheel-drive versions of the Juke NISMO starting next month, for an undisclosed premium to the regular model. It's not an everday version of the Juke GT-R, but at least Nissan's trying to get enthusiasts in the door.

As part of a broader push to make NISMO a more known quantity, Nissan also revealed at the Chicago auto show a 370Z NISMO with red-themed accents — a small downpayment on the full reworking the aging 370Z needs.

Hilton HHonors™ Card

Earn 40,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points. Apply for Your Card Today.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Starwood Credit Card

Earn 25,000 Bonus Starpoints®! Use toward Award Nights or Flights.

Play Bingo & Make Friends On Classmates®!

With games, a reunion center and countless yearbooks to browse, you'll find hours of endless fun on Classmates®!

Join Disney Movie Club Today

Get 4 Disney Movies For $1 With Membership. See Details. Plus, Free Shipping On Your Initial Order!

Kid sleep troubles email series for moms

We get it. We’ve been there. Sign up for our email track to learn how to handle kids who won’t go to sleep or won’t stay in bed.

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read This

United States drivers are stunned that they never knew this. If you drive less than 50 mi/day, you better read this...

Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read This

If you drive less than 50 miles per day, there is a way to pay less for auto insurance that few people realize. Are you overpaying?

An Overlooked Method To Pay Off Your Credit Card

If you're paying credit card interest, you could save hundreds or thousands of dollars by transferring your balance to this no-fee card.

Shift into High Gear

Train on the latest street bikes, sport bikes, dirt bikes, ATVs and personal watercraft. Get the training you need for a career you’ll love.

Attn Home Owners Who Never Miss a Payment.

Home Owners who have not missed a payment in 3 years or more need to read this. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home there is a solution.

Personal Loan Rates as low as 5.99% APR

$25,000 for $742/mo. 3 yr repayment, $0 down payment. No obligation quotes. Get up to 5 offers in minutes. Quotes are free! Start loan request now.

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.