Like so many other automakers, Nissan has hit the show floor at SEMA showing off what can be done with four vehicles – and the aftermarket parts – making them worthy of hitting the big stage.
Taking center stage among these vehicles is a new 2020 Nissan Titan pickup. The full-size pickup is covered in more than a dozen Genuine Nissan Accessories, aiming to show visitors just what Nissan fans can do to their vehicles using authentic Nissan components.
The Titan is joined by three other specialty vehicles: a competition-ready Global Time Attack TT 370Z racer, a beefed-up Frontier Desert Runner sporting an extra pair of cylinders, and a kicked-up- many-notches Kicks Street Sport1.
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While the Titan may not be as glitzy as the other three entries, it aim to show what any Nissan Titan owner – with a nice bank account – can do their vehicle without having to take their vehicle to a specialty shop.
The 2020 Titan on display features: All Season Floor Mats; Rear Bumper Step Assist; Sliding Bed Extender; Tie-Down Cleats; Assist handle (tailgate access); Mud flaps – front and rear (PRO-4X); Front and rear mud flaps (PRO-4X); Sport bar with off-road lights and light covers; Illuminated kick plates; Door scuff protector; Rugged Step Boards; Marker lights for fenders and grille; a Class 3, 4-inch drop hitch ball mount; and a Class 3 Hitch Ball with a 2-inch coupler.
Every Genuine Nissan Accessory is custom-fit, custom-designed and durability-tested under Nissan’s rigorous engineering standards, the company notes. The best part is that the dealer can install all of these things before the truck is collected by the owner.
All of the accessories come with 5-year/100,000 mile coverage, they can be financed when installed by the dealer at time of purchase.
The other three of Nissan’s SEMA Show entries are a mix of speed and off-road capability. The trio is led by the Global Time Attack TT 370Z. The 750-plus horsepower 370Z, created by Z1 Motorsports of Carrollton, Georgia, working in conjunction with the Nissan Motorsports team, will compete throughout the 2020 Time Attack racing season.
Since it’s a racer, durability and light weight is critical. After being stripped of anything not necessary for racing, the pair added full cage inside for safety and structural rigidity, while the exterior was treated to a full custom carbon fiber aerodynamic package, including a 3D front splitter, rear diffuser and sideboards, the company noted.
The stock 370Z VQ series 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine was competition prepped, including the addition of Garrett GTX 3076 turbochargers, new fuel management and electronics systems and Z1 Motorsports race exhaust system. A HGT Precision 6-speed sequential transmission, Tilton custom clutch and Nismo GT-R Pro 1.5 way differential help direct power to the wheels.
The suspension and steering were completely custom-built for Time Attack competition using Nismo racing components. A custom Brembo brake system, Nismo radiator and multiple oil, transmission and differential cooling systems were installed. RAYS Volk ZE40 Diamond Dark Gunmetal 18×11-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and Yokohama Advan A052 315/30R18 high performance tires complete the handling package.
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The name “Desert Runner” is familiar to fans of Nissan’s popular midsize pickup, the Frontier, but there has never been a Frontier Desert Runner like the one making its debut at the 2019 SEMA Show, Nissan said. Working in tandem with the Nissan Motorsports team, Maryland-based MA Motorsports took this truck from weekend adventurer to near full-blown race truck.
The conversion being by replacing the factory 4.0-liter V6 engine with a 5.6-liter Endurance V8 from a Nissan Titan with 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 puts out 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.
Turning attention to the body, MA Motorsports installed Fiberworx Pre Runner fenders and fabricated new front and rear bumpers, along with a custom spare tire carrier. A full package of off-road lighting from Rigid Industries and a body wrap by Speed Designs complete the bold exterior.
Inside, the factory interior was replaced by a no-frills cockpit – including coated floor, MA Motorsports custom harness bar and Sparco harnesses. Sparco also supplied the racing seats and steering wheel with quick release steering wheel adapter.
The Urban Dictionary defines “kicking it” as “chilling out or relaxing.” The term might need to be reconsidered when applied to the aggressive look and performance of the Nissan Kicks Street Sport. Starting with a bone stock Nissan Kicks compact crossover, the team at MA Motorsports worked with Nissan Motorsports to cross many lines of conformity in bringing this ultimate Kicks to life.
The Kicks’ body was dramatically transformed using Kicks Color Studio touches and custom pieces from 360 Composites – including an oversize front air dam, rear roof spoiler and side skirts. MA Motorsports fabricated the wide fender flares at each corner to perfectly fit the Volk Racing TE37V 17×8.5 +30 offset wheels mounted with Falken Azenis RT615K +245/45R17 tires.
To help give the Kicks Street Sport the right stance and name-worthy handling, a custom suspension was constructed using a combination of NISMO/Ohlins coil-over shock absorbers.
The team kicked up the stock 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, fabricating and installing a custom turbocharger kit. The new system utilizes a Garrett GT2255 turbocharger, Turbosmart diverter valve and UPREV ECU. A custom fabricated Nismo exhaust helps the engine breathe.
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Sparco SPX carbon bucket seats anchor the custom interior upholstery. Topping off the Kicks Street Sport project is an attention-grabbing body wrap and graphics created by Speed Designs.