This is the first official picture of the opinion-splitting Nissan Juke R, a high-performance version of Nissan's compact crossover.

The Nissan Juke itself is a confusing car, straddling the line between superminis, hatchbacks and SUV with its bold styling, chunky design but compact dimensions.

Now Nissan has gone one further, adding even more noticeably lines, front fog lights, striking allow wheels, a rear spoiler and side skirts to give it a race track-inspired makeover.

The Nissan Juke R packs in 480hp from a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 engine but unfortunately for UK customers, it will not go on sale as a production model.

Instead it will remain a one-off concept car used for exhibitions and shows. However, it does show Nissan has not turned its back on its popular performance models.

The standard Nissan Juke is a bit more humble in its performance - its range-topping engine is a 1.6-litre petrol engine returning 40mpg - and even offers a particularly eco-friendly version in the shape of the 1.5-litre diesel option.

This returns 55mpg and keeps CO2 emissions down to 134g/km, which represents a particularly low figure for a compact SUV.

Essentially a smaller version of the hugely popular Qashqai, the Nissan Juke is built in Sunderland in the UK and matches five-door practicality with compact, city-friendly design.

The Juke went on sale in September 2010 and costs around £15,000 in the UK, with a selection of trim levels available.

The Nissan Juke starts from just £12,795 in the UK and is on sale now.