Read more about the 2016 Nissan Juke NISMO RS AWD Review at AutoGuide.com.God bless Nissan.
How many other manufacturers would put something funky like the Juke crossover into production? And then if that wasn’t enough, stuff it with a 188-hp turbocharged engine and torque vectoring all-wheel drive?
But wait, Nissan didn’t stop there. Instead of leaving things be, the manufacturer decided the Juke needed not one, not two, but three higher performance NISMO models. Topping the range are the two NISMO RS modes, both of which come with their own pros and cons.
The first version is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, limited slip differential and a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine boosted up to 215 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. The downside is that it can only be had with front-wheel drive. Last summer, we included a Juke NISMO RS outfitted this way in the AutoGuide Under $30,000 Performance Car Shootout and came away quite impressed by the crossover’s performance.