Nissan Qashqai R price, specs and performance | evo

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Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai

R price, specs and performance

Famed GT-R tuner creates the mad Nissan Qashqai R. Faster than a Veyron, cheaper than a Juke R – details here

03rd October 2013

The Nissan Juke R may be totally nuts, but it appears it will be remembered as far from an irrelevance. Not only for actually being put into production, but for the new modified car that clearly takes heavy influence from it.

The Nissan Qashqai R (well, Qashqai+2 R to be precise, as it’s the larger seven-seat version) is the product of Severnvalley Motorsport (SVM), a tuning company which currently specialises in the R35 Nissan GT-R. And like the Juke (which was produced by RML in Wellingborough), it sees the transplant of a GT-R engine and chassis under the bodywork of a practical family car.

There is less chopping to do, too, the Qashqai+2’s bigger, more practical shape better able to swallow the GT-R’s innards, with the full floor plan and chassis of the R35 adapted to the crossover’s shape. The GT-R’s greater width still called for adjustment, though.

The Qashqai R is stripped of its luxuries to make room for the four-wheel-drive GT-R’s chassis and 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine. Unlike the Juke R, the project car doesn’t use this in standard spec. SVM has seen fit to include a raft of its GT-R upgrades, endowing the first Qashqai R with around 1000bhp nearly double the engine’s regular, 542bhp tune.

Upgrades include ‘Stage 6 GT1100’ turbos, SVM’s forged rods and pistons, an upgraded clutch and a motorsport-spec first gear.

Customers will have a choice from a standard engine to beyond the 1000bhp of the project car, depending on their budget and how great their need to go really blooming fast is. Performance targets aren’t small. ‘We want to out-accelerate a Bugatti Veyron to 150mph’ SVM’s Amar Dhillon told us.

Nissan Qashqai

It’s too early for firm performance figures, of course, but expect a 0-60 time below 2.5sec, a quarter-mile sprint below 10sec and a top speed north of 200mph.

Inside, the Qashqai R will gain a custom roll cage and the GT-R’s regular Recaro front two seats. However, there will be seats in the rear too (SVM is undecided on whether to fit two, three or four) as well as a panoramic glass roof.

Exterior tweaks include GT-R wheels, either in MY09 or MY12 spec and wearing Michelin Pilot Sport tyres, while there will be subtle wheel arch extensions, a small rear spoiler and a new, custom bonnet with air vents to give the über-powerful new engine the cooling it requires. SVM claims it wants the Qashqai R to look as close to a ‘street sleeper’ as possible.

One of the biggest questions you might ask is “why?” ‘We saw the Juke R and wanted to do something different’, Dhillon told us. ‘We went into a Nissan showroom and had a look around to see what we could use. We’ve picked the Qashqai+2 for its extra room.’ The Juke R proved there is a market for this sort of thing, and SVM tells us of lots of interest from overseas, particularly Russia, South Africa and the Middle East.

Prices ‘considerably cheaper’ than the production Juke R are promised. Budget around £180,000 for a standard, 542bhp Qashqai R with that number climbing skyward if you want to embarrass hypercar owners by cherry picking from SVM’s tuning options.

The Nissan Qashqai R should make its first public appearance at the Autosport show in Birmingham in January 2014.

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