What is it: 

The Nissan Patrol has gone to finishing school, with even more epic off-road ability thanks to a significant local engineering upgrade by Premcar, the firm previously behind Ford Performance Vehicles.

It gains heavy duty off-road suspension, a bi-modal exhaust, massive 34.4-inch Yokohama Geolander all-terrain tyres, and 50mm extra ground clearance (class-leading total of 343mm versus 235mm on the Toyota LandCruiser GR Sport).

Price:

The RRP is listed at $104,160 plus on-road costs, which translates to $112,800 drive-away in NSW according to the company’s website.

Stamp duty and registration vary in each state, so be sure to check.

As a guide, this is $40,000 cheaper than the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series GR Sport (RRP of $145,876, or $156,200 drive-away).

Engine:

The Nissan Patrol Warrior’s 5.6-litre V8 petrol engine (298kW/560Nm) has no more power than the regular Nissan Patrol V8 because the cost of a power upgrade at this point in the model cycle would be prohibitively expensive.

Regardless, it is still equal fastest in its class.

Enjoy it while you can and buy one before it’s too late. This is the end of the road for the V8 Nissan Patrol.

The next generation Nissan Patrol – expected in a couple of years – will switch to twin turbo V6 petrol power.

Transmission:

Seven-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive.

0 to 100km/h (as tested):

The Nissan Patrol Warrior did 0 to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds on our VBox testing equipment. 

It wasn’t that long ago this would have been in hot hatch territory.

While the Nissan Patrol V8 performance is impressive, it’s the same performance we have extracted out of the current Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series turbo-diesel V6 (0 to 100km/h in a repeatable 7.5 seconds testing the GXL model grade).

For reference, the previous generation Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series turbo-diesel V8 did 0 to 100km/h in 9.5 seconds.

Emergency braking from 100km/h (as tested): 

The Nissan Patrol Warrior running Yokohama Geolander GO15 295/70/18 tyres pulled up from 100km/h in an emergency stop in 45.4 metres.

That’s pretty good for a 2.8-tonne vehicle on all-terrain tyres (the 2.4-tonne Ford Ranger Raptor pulls up in 47 metres on all-terrain rubber).

For reference, most diesel double cab utes pull up in 42 to 44 metres, and the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series GXL we tested pulled up in 45.1 metres.

Good points:

This thing looks the business. 

The photos don’t do justice to the awesome stance.

It’s incredibly comfortable and refined for such a brute of a vehicle.

The model tested (and the example in these photos) is the first generation Nissan Patrol Warrior with an old-school audio system.

But as of April 2024, the updated Nissan Patrol Warrior gains a larger infotainment screen and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The uprated suspension is a work of art and has been durability tested, so it comes with a five-year warranty.

The bi-modal exhaust sounds a treat.

Premcar replaces the centre section of the exhaust – including the centre big muffler, which is replaced by a muffler with specific Premcar tuning). 

The additional side pipe (which is where most of the noise comes from) is part of the new centre section.

The rear muffler is carried over from the standard Nissan Patrol. 

The bi-modal system can’t be turned off. But if you shift the transmission into manual mode, the side pipe is open all the time, including for throttle blips on downshifts. 

The sound is addictive, which is why fuel consumption can be on the high side.

We averaged 13.5L/100km when taking it easy, and got into the high teens the more we revved it.

The Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series turbo-diesel V6 uses closer to 10 to 12L/100km in ideal conditions.

Thankfully, the Nissan Patrol has a 140-litre fuel tank, so you can still get close to 1000km between refills when taking it easy on the open road when unladen.

A redesigned tow bar (engineered and manufactured by Premcar) means you can fit a matching full-size spare wheel and tyre slung under the rear.

Good low and high beam headlights. Roomy cabin.

The suede inserts in the dash and doors are a big improvement over the fake woodgrain trim.

Bad points:

V8 fuel consumption (which is the cost of doing business with this much grunt).

The lack of a factory-backed bull-bar (one was not developed by Nissan for this generation Patrol).

What the haters say:

Why doesn’t Nissan develop a diesel-powered Patrol?

What the haters don’t understand:

The biggest markets for the Nissan Patrol are the US and the Middle East, which predominantly favour petrol power, even in large SUVs.

Given the cost to develop a diesel option, and Australia’s relatively small volume on a global scale, the V8 petrol was the only option.

Should you buy one?

For sure. This is an absolute ripper – and it’s the last V8 Nissan Patrol.

Get in quick before it’s too late.

Also consider:

Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series GR Sport.