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Nissan Navara Nismo on the cards as brand studies Ford Ranger Raptor's success

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Nissan says it's studying the Ford Ranger Raptor's global success
Nissan says it's studying the Ford Ranger Raptor's global success

Nissan is studying the global success of the Ford Ranger Raptor as the brand's heavyweights weigh up producing a hardcore Nismo-badged rival. 

Speaking at the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan's new light commercial vehicle chief, Francois Bailly, wouldn't rule out a Nismo-badged Navara, instead telling media his team was following the success of the Ranger Raptor in Australia and abroad. 

"(The Raptor) is very interesting pick-up truck, and a significant success in Australia, but not just in Australia, and we are looking at those trends very precisely," he said.

Nissan Australia has made no secret of their desire for a hardcore Navara to join its workhorse range, telling CarsGuide in July it was "keeping the pressure" on its global counterparts. 

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The current Navara is home to a four-cylinder diesel good for 140kW and 450Nm, but local Nissan chief Stephen Lester says he'd like to see "a couple of extra cylinders" added to the engine bay.

"I would love the team at global to give us an engine that’s in another car, we’ve got some tremendous engines," he told CarsGuide in July.

"I can only hope that LCV team heeds some of that pressure from our group - we’re not the only ones around the world that would like to see it. We’re always keeping the pressure on.

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"Trust me, we don't miss an opportunity to remind them that there’s a pretty big engine bay there that could fit an extra couple of cylinders..."

One option would be the twin-turbocharged V6 engine from the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport, which produces 298kW and 475Nm. Alternatively, they could turn to the 5.6-litre V8 engine currently at use in the Patrol, which is good for 298kW and 560Nm.

Andrew Chesterton
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Andrew Chesterton should probably hate cars. From his hail-damaged Camira that looked like it had spent a hard life parked at the end of Tiger Woods' personal driving range, to the Nissan Pulsar Reebok that shook like it was possessed by a particularly mean-spirited demon every time he dared push past 40km/h, his personal car history isn't exactly littered with gold. But that seemingly endless procession of rust-savaged hate machines taught him something even more important; that cars are more than a collection of nuts, bolts and petrol. They're your ticket to freedom, a way to unlock incredible experiences, rolling invitations to incredible adventures. They have soul. And so, somehow, the car bug still bit. And it bit hard. When "Chesto" started his journalism career with News Ltd's Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers, he covered just about everything, from business to real estate, courts to crime, before settling into state political reporting at NSW Parliament House. But the automotive world's siren song soon sounded again, and he begged anyone who would listen for the opportunity to write about cars. Eventually they listened, and his career since has seen him filing car news, reviews and features for TopGear, Wheels, Motor and, of course, CarsGuide, as well as many, many others. More than a decade later, and the car bug is yet to relinquish its toothy grip. And if you ask Chesto, he thinks it never will.
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