The Nissan Navara-R Is A Beastly 1000-HP Pickup With A GT-R’s Gut

Nissan is one of the largest car manufacturers in North America, but that isn't the only market that the company excels in. In European markets, Nissan has also done well and made a name for themselves as makers of affordable and desirable cars and pickups. They have also come to be known for manufacturing vehicles that are fun and easy to modify.

Recently, Steve "Baggsy" Biagioni, a professional drift driver from Essex, United Kingdom, took the European version of the Nissan Frontier (called the Navara in Europe) and modified it to his own aftermarket specifications, including swapping out the guts of the truck for those from a Nissan GT-R.


The swap took a recently discontinued model that was losing sales momentum and upgraded it to something amazing. Teaming up with the drift team of SB Motorsports and Monster Energy, Biagioni made the little truck into a monster with a beastly power output of 1,000 horsepower. Let's take a closer look at the beastly little pickup with a powerful GT-R gut!

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A Bit Of Background About The Nissan Navara-R

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Steven "Baggsy" Biagioni is well known for his drifting abilities. He even won the British Drift Championship in 2009. After winning, he changed up from his Nissan 200SX S13 to a Subaru Impreza with a 1JZ engine transplant.

The car was wildly popular, however, it was stolen while on display at Santa Pod Raceway in 2011 (it was later recovered). Later, Baggsy took first place with Acord Motorsport Division in the same Nissan 200SX S13 and eventually was crowned "King of Kings" in the 2014 European Super Final in Malta. Sponsored by Monster Energy, the drift king has continued to grow his legacy, including teaching Idris Elba (of the "King of Speed" television show) how to drift and founding his own racing shop just east of London (SB Motorsport).

From his history, it is clear that Baggsy is a fan of vehicles that can reach high enough speeds to complete drifts while staying controlled and is also a huge fan of modifying his preferred rides to increase their overall abilities. With that in mind, it makes sense that he would be the mind behind the "LSXR35" or "Nissan Navara-R" creation that takes the internals of a Nissan GT-R and put them within a little Nissan Navara pickup truck. RELATED: The Hoonigan Team Check Out Hert's Nissan GT-R R32

The Nissan Navara-R: Specifications And Output

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Beginning with a pretty out-there idea, Baggsy teamed up with Monster Energy and SB Motorsports to create the beastly truck.

It isn't the first time SB Motorsports has churned out an awesome mash-up - they are well known for their drifty Nissan GT-R that packs a huge punch of power with 1200 horsepower and a 454 cubic-inch Chevrolet LS V-8 engine complete with Garrett turbo. While building that car, the team had to remove the interior, drivetrain, and all the bits and pieces in order to swap them out. With all the parts around, it made sense to the team to drop them into something entirely new, and why not make that a pickup, and an incredibly fast and powerful pickup, at that?

Baggsy spent around two years working out the intricacies of the Navara-R on paper before the team began development in November 2019. They lifted the body from the Navara's frame and put down the new engine and gearbox. Some adjustments later, they added a KW suspension as well.

They then fabricated the front and rear subframes from the GT-R to fit the Navara frame. The idea, according to SB Motorsports, was to "make the Navara handle like a Japanese supercar." The Navara-R project was originally worked on largely during off-hours for the team, as they continued to compete and display their GT-R around Europe most weeks. However, when Motorsports events were shut down due to COVID concerns, the team found themselves with ample time to work on the truck.

The Navara-R integrates the all-wheel drive system from the GT-R as well as a heavily tuned iteration of the GT-R's motor and gearbox. The final product has a twin turbocharged V-6 and the displacement has been ramped from the original 3.8 liters to 4.1 liters. The new engine set up has been dubbed the "VR41" as a reflection of the displacement.

The power is pushed through a custom dial-clutch transmission created by New Zealand company Dodson Motorsport. The Navara-R is capable of up to 1,000 horsepower, an incredible amount of power for a pickup truck. The truck also features KW V4 Racing coilovers, a HLS 4 hydraulic lift system, and suspension that is based on those custom fabricated GT-R subframes.

With 20-inch wheels under flared fenders and a complete body kit with new sill extensions and front and rear bumpers, you might think that the Navara-R no longer looks anything like the original pickup. However, the Navara-R actually stays fairly true to the original body styling of the Navara and the interior is mostly stock as well (except for a start button from the GT-R, aftermarket Kenwood head unit and steering wheel). With all the upgrades and the engine swap, SB Motorsports and Monster Energy took a humble Navara pickup truck and transformed it effectively into a track beast.

Likely now one of the fastest and most powerful pickups in the world, the Nissan Navara-R serves as a testament to creativity and power as well as a demonstration of the dedication of the SB Motorsports team.