Remember when Nissan proudly paraded the Juke R all over the world? Of course one does-the automobile was a phenomenon and the car junkies loved it. We did, despite its questionable looks. But that’s the advantage of the tuning world. There’s always someone prepared to go a little bit further, a little bit madder. U.K. tuner Severn Valley Motorsport (SVM) was responsible, briefly, for the world’s fastest GT-R nicknamed The Hulk just last year. Having seen the commotion Nissan’s Juke R made and realizing the possibility to promote his business, SVM boss Kevan Kemp ambitiously walked in to a Nissan showroom armed with a tape measure-the Qashqai R was bornUnder the hood can be a GT-R motor bored to 4.1 liters and boosted to make 1150hp. Is it real life?
It seems like theinnocent and everyday, small SUV until you peak within the hood. There lies SVM’s most aggressive tuning package for the GT-R-a flex fuel setup that canability to drive the beast and remember planting the throttle expecting fireworks. What I got was Veyron-baiting performance and also the sinister roar of a twin-turbocharged V6 as all four wheels scrabbled hopelessly for grip through the first three gears.
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The SVM Qashqai R hits 62mph in 2.7 seconds, 124mph in 7.5 seconds and on a friendly warm-up, it stormed the quarter-mile in 9.9 seconds, hitting 144mph! Aerodynamics alone can keep it outside the company GT-R’s record-setting 216mph top speed, but not by much.by using a G-meter showing.
SVM bored out the block to 4.1-liter and uprated the turbochargers to the own SVM Stage QR GT1150 units. These Garrett GT3071 core assemblies come with GT30 Inconnel 84mm-trim turbines (until recently, Inconnel was aerospace engineering). The block also has forged rods and pistons, crank, and just about everything else is cooled and upgraded via an anodized Radium twin breather system.
SVM nissan qashqai r steering wheelThe V6 just about fits the Q, but with any swap, the most significant headaches was included with the electronics. Convincing a two- door coupe to mate with a four-door SUV isn’t easy; the number of doors alone sent the central locking system haywire and gave the engineers nightmares.
The end result is staggering, though it took ten months to build the first SVM Quashqai R. It’s no straight-line superhero, either. There was a method to the madness of deciding on the Qashqai, although projects like this often handle like broken shopping carts. This is simply not a drivetrain transplant; the complete floorpan of your GT-R fits into the Qashqai’s frame. In reality, there was 20cm to spare, so a slight extension for the layout was all it took. The standard layout and suspension geometry are certainly notreliable advice the grip and cornering speeds-thanks to KW coilovers, Eibach sways and Michelin tires, as well as the stopping power from the carbon ceramic discs-go well beyond a stock GT-R.
SVM went to the nth degree at each turn. Through the 80mm high-flow intake pipes to the perfectly finished stainless-steel exhaust, through the commitment to cooling at every available point in the engine bay. Saying this is the ultimate Q car is difficult to argue. All rationality about money, why SVM did this in the first place and whether the world really wants a super SUV that costs £275,000 (approximately $462K USD) is out the window once you plant your foot. It’s near Bugatti Veyron status in a crossover that normally drives for thewith plenty of headroom, a panoramic glass roof, a very high seating position and the chance to stretch your legs in front of the Recaro seats.
Nissan’s Qashqai is the latest niche crossover in Europe, which is enthusiastic about niche crossovers.
Call it a junior SUV, call it a way of life hatchback, call it what you want. It is, in essence, a rather normal midrange model for normal, midrange people. There may be nothing about the Qashqai that screams wild intent, as it doesn’t.
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The Qashqai is not difficult listening. It’s the affordable, beige minivan of Europe, a car for folks who don’t care about cars.
You might have it in vanilla 1.2-liter, front-wheel drive or maybe the full fat 1.6-liter four-wheel drive. The Qashqai is not a serious off-road proposition, even though seriously. It’s a town car having a high driving position and a slight attitude, and the worst off-road obstacle it should have to tackle is actually a muddy field.
Of course, Severn Valley Motorsport’s Qashqai is nothing like the standard car. It’s a world away from obtaining the kids from soccer practice, the kind of things most Qashqai owners be concerned about. This is SUV is for whooping ass.