Nissan Reimagines Frontier Desert Runner into a V-8 Prerunner
Check it out at Sema 2019
Nissan revealed its Desert Runner Frontier at the 2019 Sema Show, but it's definitely not the Desert Runner off-road package for the midsize truck that you're thinking of. Actually, it only shares the name. The teams at Nissan Motorsports and MA Motorsports (Glen Arm, Maryland) worked together to create this legit Nissan Frontier King Cab Desert Runner prerunner, and frankly we can't wait to get a glimpse of it in the Nissan North America Booth #40257 in the Lower South Hall. Nissan claimed it would have some "high-powered vehicles designed to blow performance enthusiasts' minds," including the Frontier build and also a 370Z, a Kicks, and a 2020 Nissan Titan.
The title already gives away one of the Desert Runner's coolest assets—the 5.6L Endurance V-8 from a Nissan Titan, replacing the factory 4.0L V-6. The 5.6L is beefed-up, too, sporting a Garrett GTX3584RS turbo, a custom intercooler, and some enhanced internals that allow the V-8 to produce 600 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. It looks like a manual and indeed it is, courtesy of a Nissan 6-speed manual transmission. How's that for a fun swap?
We can't go on any longer without addressing the suspension. The front sports a BTF Fabrication long travel suspension kit with King 10-inch stroke, 2.5-inch Triple Bypass front shocks and 10-inch stroke, 2.5-inch front coilovers. The rear features Giant Motorsports' 64-inch Link Killer leaf springs with King 16-inch stroke, 3.5-inch Triple Bypass rear shocks and 3-inch stroke rear bump stops.
Rolling attire consist of Fifteen52 17-inchTurboMac HD wheels and 37-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A tires. Fiberworx Pre Runner front fenders and rear bedsides, plenty of Rigid Industries lighting, and a body wrap by Speed Designs round out the basics of the exterior.
Trucks like this necessitate plenty of fabrication. MA Motorsports craftily constructed a custom harness bar inside, front and rear bumpers, a Utili-track spare tire carrier, shock hoops, engine cage, bed cage, turbo header, intercooler and piping, and a 3.5-inch exhaust system, to name but a few modifications the shop made to the Nissan Frontier.
Props to Nissan Motorsports and MA Motorsports for building something cool for us to ogle over. We've hardly done this beauty justice, and if you're anything like us, we'll begging for an up-close-and-personal tour.