Sold since the Patrol globally, this specialized Armada gains horsepower, aggressive looks, and a race-inspired interior.
- Nissan has rolled a NISMO version of the Patrol SUV in Dubai, and it’s destined for Middle East sales only, at the least for now.
- The Patrol gets a frankly aggressive exterior with a wonderful touch in back: a rear splitter having an integrated fog light that looks nearly identical from what you’d find on Nissan’s Formula E race car.
It’s no April Fools’joke; we checked. Yes, this body-on-frame SUV wears NISMO badges. Nissan says that for now, this special Patrol, sold as the Armada stateside, is for the Middle East only. And even if it can’t pound pavement as hard since the 523-hp BMW X7 M50i or 475-hp Dodge Durango SRT, that doesn’t mean we aren’t a little jealous.
It looks tough, obviously, nevertheless the NISMO DNA is more than just skin deep. A team of four master engine builders, area of the same Takumi craftsmen who build each Nissan GT-R engine by hand in Japan, are in charge of bumping the output of the Patrol NISMO 5.6-liter V-8 to 428 horsepower with 413 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, there are dual mufflers with this model, with real exits from that wild rear bumper.
This isn’t exactly brand-new stuff, since the Patrol NISMO was made available with an identical powertrain in 2015 if you lived in the Middle East, but like the refreshed Armada, these are distinctive updates. The civilized 2021 Armada has new front and rear bumpers and headlights for 2021, with a small bump around 400 horsepower for the V-8, and the inner was handed a makeover to boot. The newest Patrol NISMO cranks each of those improvements up a couple of notches.
Just like what’s on the new Nissan Rogue, the NISMO-specific front bumper has vertical ducts to move air around its bread-truck mass. Maybe the absolute most daring area of the exterior design is the trunk splitter having an integrated fog light that looks nearly identical from what you’d find on Nissan’s Formula E race car. The typical red details and trimmings available on any NISMO model are here, and a lengthier spoiler protrudes from the roof to greatly help with airflow but mostly to provide it that too-cool for-school look.
Although the present Armada offers 22-inch wheels on Platinum models, Nissan says Patrol NISMO wheels each weigh almost two pounds less, and they have special NISMO badging. Surely these wheels could eventually find their way onto Nissan Titan trucks in the U.S. for anyone willing to cover extra to play NISMO dress-up. A Bilstein suspension should help this sporty Patrol adhere to the road.