Typically, when car companies release special editions of a given product they are designed to broaden the appeal of an already relative-successful model. This is especially true when it comes to performance vehicles, which cater to a very specific audience and usually build off of a platform previously recognized for its sporty potential.
This makes the 2013 Nissan Juke NISMO somewhat of an outlier – or should I say, even more of an outlier. Yes, the base version of the compact crossover that is a lot of fun to drive, but of all the products in the Nissan lineup, it would almost seem like the Juke would be the last on the list to receive attention from the brand’s in-house tuner. Being different, however, is really what the Juke has always been about, and indeed it stands nearly alone in its class when it comes to performance-oriented people movers. By following this logic it becomes easier to see how this tiny and unique runabout is deserving of the attitude adjustment afforded by its NISMO makeover.