|I believe the term is "ugly but effective". At least it has presence...|
When Nissan UK underwent a secret project to make a special one-off of the controversially-styled Juke crossover that featured the entire drivetrain from the GT-R supercar-killer. They have a history of this kind of thing, with a supercharged 350Z and a mid-engined NISMO Micra V6 being highlights, and when Nissan's bosses saw it unveiled in all its matte black, 480bhp glory, they were furious and mightily unimpressed, because they had no idea it existed and thought it cheapened the GT-R while being something they never wanted to do with the Juke (i.e. make a high-riding pretend off-roader into a sports car). I think of it like the brilliant modification option in Forza Motorsport games called "Drivetrain Swap", where you can, for example, put the AWD and RB26DETT from an R34 GT-R into an Infiniti G35, or a Datsun 510. You can even put a GM LS1 V8 from a Corvette into a Chevy Aveo if you want. Anyway, this is basically such a modification made real, and you have to say, in concept, it's just awesome.
So what convinced Nissan that this "abomination" was worth building after all? Well, a video came out of it going to Dubai and promptly kicking the tyres off a Ferrari 458 Italia, AMG SLS and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 (although frankly it wasn't a real race, just some fancy filming). While it was there, people with money were trying to buy it on the spot, simply walking up to either the filmers or the driver (GT Academy star Lucas Ordoñez, fresh from the Dubai 24H) and asking "how much do you want?" That's normally a sign that you should consider making a handful of them, not to mention the massive amounts of attention it's been getting on and off the internet. In the end, Nissan caved and decided to "make Juke-R available to customers anywhere in the world on a build-to-order basis. It is intended for serious collectors and investors who want to own a true original, an innovative project that will only be created in extremely small numbers." They only plan to build about 20-25 of them, making it rarer and more exclusive than Veyrons and Ferraris. It gets better too - the "production" car will feature the engine/gearbox from the 2012 GT-R, not a pre-2011 one, so you get 542bhp and 463lb/ft of torque. In a crossover!
The only question that remains is: does this all mean that, somewhere, there are two Nissan GT-Rs with 1.6 single-turbo engines and front-wheel-drive???