TFLcar is kicking off Track Week series of video reviews of every day cars from the High Plains Raceway in Colorado. First up is the 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO. Nissan’s performance division gave the Juke nine more horsepower for a total of 197, lowered it about an inch, tuned the suspension, and designed a unique aero package.
TFLcar team attended the annual RMDE event put on by the RMAP association, and Roman wanted to see how these cars compare to each other on the race track. So, we mounted the cameras and the SoloDL GPS data recorder, and Roman went out in search of the best lap times.
Nissan took the turbo charged and rally course ready Juke and geared it a little more toward track duty. The 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO feels light weight and tossable, but it’s still a tallish crossover and leans quite a bit in high speed corners. Out of the ten cars Roman tested that day, the Juke NISMO was the slowest. However, this was not a comparison of direct competitors. The Juke was up against some serious metal, including: Fiat Abarth Cabrio, Ford Focus ST, Camaro SS 1LE, and its Godzilla relative – the 2014 GT-R.
Please enjoy this race track video review, and come back again to see the rest of the top ten. Tomorrow’s Track Week car is the 2014 Mazda6. Can the Mazda6 beat the Juke NISMO by a big margin, or … ?
Track Week Top Ten:
10. 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO – 1:14.66
9. 2014 Mazda Mazda6 2.5 AT – 1:14.14
8. 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio – 1:13.79
7. 2013 Honda Accord Sport AT – 1:12.28
6. 2013 Subaru BRZ – 1:12.24
5. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT – 1:09.79
4. 2013 Ford Focus ST – 1:08.89
3. 2013 Audi S5 – 1:07.13
2. 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE – 1:04.06
1. 2014 Nissan GT-R Premium – 1:02.45
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFLcar since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or scouring the internet and other media for various automotive, mechanical, and computer related information.