Nismo adds power, suspension, imposing looks
Special Patrol for Middle East only
The most unlikely but probably also most successful Nismo model is back for 2021. The Nissan Patrol Nismo is a forbidden fruit version of the full-size SUV (sold here as the Nissan Armada) that gets more power, more rigidity, and one heck of a body kit to help make it more sporting than the standard truck. And that’s before you get a look at the inside.
For sale only in the Middle East, it also marks 70 years since the Nissan off-roader first hit the market, an anniversary Nissan is likely to celebrate in multiple markets. Nismo engineers who are more often used to tinkering with the GT-R gave the 5.6L V8 some tweaks to bring it up to 428 hp, that’s 28 more than stock. Torque says the same at 413 lb-ft.
Nissan says it has reinforced the body structure to allow for better handling at high speeds, and the body kit that includes a massive front bumper with protruding splitter, wide side skirts, and even a wing for the rear does more than just give this Nismo a mean stance. It also improves stability, and with the new front bumper ducting Nissan says it makes zero lift.
The 22-inch wheels are lighter than standard, even if it’s only 4.5 kg total for all four. They are joined by Bilstein shock absorbers tuned for sportier handling.
Inside are Alcantara seats with leather edges, with the red Nismo colours standing proudly. Red contrast stitching fills the rest of the cabin and there is a red centring stripe on the steering wheel.
Nissan also says the cabin is quieter thanks to the stiffer frame, while A/C upgrades are designed to make the second row more comfortable. A key addition for the truck’s target market.
Offered in four colours, including white, black, grey, and silver, the 2021 Nissan Patrol Nismo goes on sale next month, again only in the Middle East, starting from around $120,000 including tax.