Nissan’s outdated Frontier pickup truck isn’t dead after all these years of existence. On the contrary! The ancient mid-size workhorse continues to be an epitome of longevity. Namely, the automaker decided to use bones of the old dog for the top racer. Yes, the company made the Frontier-based Desert Runner that rides on the outdated platform, but it has been paired with a BTF Fabrication long-travel front suspension kit. Plus, the wild beast hosts King Racing triple bypass shocks front and rear, as well as King Racing and Giant Motorsports Link Killer rear leaf springs. The vehicle rides on Rays aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in 37-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A tires. It also protects underbody with special skid plates.
Under the hood, the 2020 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner gets a powerful 5.6-liter V8 engine that kicks out 600 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of twist. This powerful off-roader manages to develop the power thanks to a turbocharger, improved internals, and a custom exhaust. Power feeds a 4X2 drivetrain configuration through a special six-speed manual gearbox. The transmission has been upgraded and fitted with a lightweight flywheel.
MA Motorsports gave some contributions too. They’ve made the pickup better by adding shock hoops, engine and bed cages, while the off-road lighting package and vinyl wrap came from Rigid Industries and Speed Designs. Inside, the 2020 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner has been paired with a set of Sparco racing seats and a harness bar.
Of course, this 600-hp Frontier Desert Racer is heading to this week’s SEMA.