Nissan Patrol Nismo makes global debut

Nissan Patrol remains evergreen thanks to Nismo touches

Reuben Van Niekerk
Nissan Patrol
Nismo
Nissan Patrol Nismo

The latest race inspired version of the legendary Nissan Patrol combines striking colours with the refinement of a luxury car and the exhilarating performance of a sports car.

This special Patrol marks the beginning of a year-long celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the dawn of the Nissan Patrol in 1951.

The latest manifestation of the bold and sporty Nissan Patrol Nismo underlines Nissan’s heritage as a motorsport brand and the region’s long standing love for high performance vehicles. It has been tailored to meet the needs and expectations of customers looking to stand out from the crowd, those who seek the premium luxury of the iconic Nissan Patrol and simultaneously crave the exhilaration that comes from increased power, performance and superb handling.

 

Refined design

While the exterior has been refined to allow for optimised aerodynamics and suspension, it features enhanced handling capabilities and stylish race-inspired ergonomic upgrades, along with the latest Nissan Intelligent Mobility features.

The dynamic design plays a pivotal role in highlighting the character of the Patrol Nismo, exuding aggression and sportiness with an imposing presence. A new front fascia, with a honeycomb three-dimensional mesh emphasises the SUV’s front VMotion grille, along with new front lamps and horizontal chrome lines embellished with the Nismo emblem. The rear bumper is more symmetrical in design to accentuate its width, with dark chrome inserts and new tail lamps.

 

The signature Nismo red line wrap creates a sporty base while 22-inch, two-tone aluminium wheels sport the Nismo logo to add to the distinctive aesthetic. The SUV’s tuned suspension features Bilstein shock absorbers, for sportier and improved handling.

 The interior exudes pure luxury and Nismo’s racing pedigree in equal measure. Spacious front seats help drivers become one with their car, while the premium quality and crafted quilting continues the Nismo’s narrative of bringing performance and luxury to its owners as alcantara and leather adorn the interior.

The steering wheel too is finished with alcantara and includes red carbon fibre inserts, while the headrests are embossed with the signature Nismo logo. The refreshed centre console and dashboard add to the signature Nismo interior.

 

Passion for performance

Each vehicle is tuned to perfection by Nissan’s legendary Takumi craftsmen, a team of four master engine builders allowed to hand build the Nissan GT-R engines at Nissan’s Yokohama engine plant. Their skill in tuning the Patrol’s V8 engine results in a breathtaking 319kW and 560Nm.

 

A key design upgrade is the addition of a side duct to the front bumper to achieve zero lift force. The intensification in aerodynamic force is boosted by the cumulative wheel weight reduction of 4.5kgs and is reined in with a new roof spoiler to ensure smooth airflow over the rear. The adoption of a large thermal capacity has resulted in improved braking performance, while body structure enforcement allows for better handling at high speeds.

 

The 2021 Nissan Patrol Nismo has also been upgraded with the latest Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies to provide drivers with peace of mind while driving. The latest additions include Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Smart Rear View Mirror and a High Beam Assist. Technology upgrades include Apple CarPlay compatibility, wireless charging capability and USB ports including USB-A and USB-C.