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Nissan Frontier Desert Runner Design preview

Credit: AutoMotions
Published on November 13, 2019 - Duration: 02:35s

Nissan Frontier Desert Runner Design preview

The name "Desert Runner" is familiar to fans of Nissan's popular mid-size pickup, the Frontier.

As one of five available Frontier models, Desert Runner offers a special package of off-road style features in an affordable 4x2 configuration.

But there has never been a Frontier Desert Runner like the one making its debut at the 2019 SEMA Show.

The conversion started under the hood by replacing the factory 4.0-liter V6 engine with a 5.6-liter Enduranceยฎ V8 from a Nissan TITAN full-size pickup.

The big V8 underwent a complete race-spec rebuild, including the addition of a Garrett GTX3584RS turbocharger, custom intercooler, Jim Wolf Technology camshafts, pistons and valves, and MA Motorsports custom turbo header and exhaust system.

The engine boasts 600-plus horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque.

The new V8 is matched to a Nissan 6-speed manual transmission with Jim Wolf Technology clutch and lightweight flywheel.

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