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The Nissan Patrol Nismo V8 has arrived to strike fear into the heart of the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series!

The 2021 Nissan Patrol Nismo has been revealed.

The 2021 Nissan Patrol Nismo has ben revealed in the Middle East, with the V8-powered beast possessing a keen focus on on-road performance that will differentiate it from the LandCruiser 300 Series.

Nissan's Nismo engineers have been all over the new Patrol, too, working on everything from the engine outputs to the aerodynamics and suspension tune, and everything in between.

That story starts with the booming V8 petrol engine, with the Nissan Patrol Nismo pumping out a sizeable 320kW and 560Nm - a sizeable upgrade on the 298kW (and 560Nm) offered by the regular Patrol.

Nissan says the power upgrades come courtesy of the brand's "legendary Takumi craftsmen team" - the same four master engine builders who create the GT-R's engine at Nissan's Yokohama engine plant in Japan.

There's also some key body changes, including a new side-duct to the front bumper that allows zero lift force, as well as higher heels and a new roof spoiler that the brand says, combined, deliver better braking performance and high-speed handling.

Rounding out the engineering changes is the fitment of Bilstein shock absorbers, which the brand says "provide sportier and improved handling".

"We have listened to our customers to understand their evolving needs, and worked with our global teams to deliver a NISMO product that not only addresses customer demand, but also takes the iconic Patrol experience to a whole new level," says Nissan Middle East MD, Thierry Sabbagh.

"With the 2021 Patrol NISMO, our customers can experience the thrill of handling a car with a racing spirit and turn heads as they glide through the streets."

Turn heads is right - outside, the tough-looking SUV wears a Nismo-red line that wraps around the entire base of the vehicle, as well as two-tone alloys that are a huge 22 inches.

There's also a new front fascia and 3D-effect mesh grille, new front lamps and dark chrome inserts in the rear bumper, as well as new tail lamps.

Inside, there's Alcantara trimming on the seats and steering wheel, and red carbon-fibre inserts and Nismo branding throughout.

"We designed Nissan Patrol NISMO with a unique customer in mind, one with a true passion for performance. We consider every finest detail to provide the most exciting and authentic experience to fuel the adrenaline and inspire the imagination of the excitement-seekers," says Nismo chief designer, Mitsunori Morita.

AUSTRALIA

The price? Around $138,000 in Australian dollars, should the Patrol Nismo arrive here. But CarsGuide understands that's not likely, with the brand in Australia instead to focus on the incoming Patrol Warrior (our own locally developed sub-brand already at play on the Navara) to fill the role of the Nismo in our market.