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Nissan’s £400,000 production Juke-R now ready for delivery – with 545bhp (w/VIDEO)

It seemed inevitable, given the upgrades made to Nissan’s MY2012 GT-R, that the Juke-R would inherit the same performance (up from the concept version’s 480bhp) from its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine.

In addition to these final technical enhancements, the first production Juke-R also gains a new look in its transition to a fully-fledged road car.

Juke-R: Nissan’s urban rebel crossover comes to life (w/VIDEO)

It feels so wrong… and yet you know you want to try it. Just once. While nobody is looking. The Juke-R is one of those cars that no enthusiast can deny wanting to drive, to sample the absurdity of its near-500 bhp powerplant shoe-horned into a conventional(ish) family crossover.

Nissan Juke-R: First pictures (w/Videos)

I must admit to being in two minds about this car, on the one hand I love unusual hybrid cars – Hayabusa powered 2-seaters, supercar-baiting SUVs and even EV sportscars such as the Tesla Roadster. What these all have in common is the ability to surprise and delight, to perform in a way beyond what you would expect from their appearance.

Nissan gives the green light to 480 bhp Juke-R concept (w/VIDEO)

Hopefully mine won’t be the only voice of reason in response to the news this morning that Nissan have decided to build a 480 bhp Juke-R. The idea first surfaced at last month’s Frankfurt motor show – we had a giggle and thought “what fun!”, but then quickly consigned it to the drawer marked ‘Things you might do if the world economy was a little brighter’.