Titan NISMO mashup concept

What Would a Nissan Titan NISMO look like?

Nissan Titan fans probably don't think of their favorite pickup truck as a race machine, but the latest #NISMOmashup envisions just that idea. Meet the GT-R-inspired Titan NISMO!

Although some pickup truck owners seem to believe that their trucks are actually drag racers in disguise, most realize what a truck like the Nissan Titan really is: a utility vehicle that happens to look good too. This, of course, doesn't stop some Nissan fans from envisioning a race-ready Titan.

In this regard, the latest #NISMOmashup is a combination of Nissan's supercar, the GT-R, and the company's full sized truck, the Titan. Calling it simply the "GT-R NISMO + Titan Mashup," Nissan explains it thusly:

"Enough torque to make the world stop spinning, and a ride height to conquer any terrain. Introducing the GT-R NISMO + Titan Mashup*. ‪#‎NISMOMashup‬"

The asterisk is to remind people of the small print: this is not a production vehicle. But should it be?

If the top comment on the Nissan Facebook announcement is to be believed, the answer is definitely "no." "Go home, Nissan, you're drunk..." says Tommy Brantley with 119 likes so far.

Other top comments include pictorial versions of the same thought. Do you agree?

Imagine, for a moment, a pickup truck the size of the Titan that has design elements (as shown) from the Godzilla that is GT-R. The wide rear flairs accommodate dragster-sized rear tires, the engine is the mega-charged V6 from the 2015 GT-R NISMO, producing 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque.

Still outlandish? You tell me..


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Comments

Drag racing pickups is more wide spread than you would imagine. I'm consistently surprised by the amount of trucks I see with racing slicks. The problem with the above truck is it is trying to be two things: a drag racer and a dirt racer. It either needs to be lowered for a proper drag racer or it needs upgrading suspension to be a dirt racer. This is somewhere in the middle and hits neither target well. -Tim
Go home, Tim, you're drunk. :) First, this is a mockup. At that, though, it's clearly a rally racer. It would make only a so-so dragster if the powertrain is the GT-R NISMO engine, given the extra weight and lost aerodynamic and weight-distribution stability a truck inherently has. It would also make a crappy track car, but you can see the tires have tread on them, indicating offroad or dirt.
Nissan has shown that they like plugging the GTR engine into other vehicles to make fun 1-off concepts...so i dont see why they couldnt do it with a pickup. The idea isnt outlandish but that rendering...yikes.
Ya, this is fugly.
Well everybody is entitled to their own opinion. That said, even though this truck is really "out there", it does hit on a concept that many truck manufacturers have been executing for years. Consider the Ford Lightning, or Dodge SRT trucks. These trucks bring excitement to the brand and the end result is more attention to the product overall. And yes, a few of us do really like to "push it" when confronted with a Ford or Chevy on the street. However, to everybody's point, this truck may be a bit overkill even though I do like the front end other GTR styling cues. After all, how many of us can afford a "Super Truck". Honestly, I think Nissan must have been reading my mind because I have often though of a GTR version of the Titan, just not this extreme!