UK-based tuner swaps GT-R engine into Navara

Remember the GT-R-swapped Juke-R Nismo from years back? Well, this is its big, bad brother.

British drifting champion Steve “Baggsy” Baggioni and his UK-based SB Motorsport turned the humble Nissan Navara pickup truck into a beast called the Navara-R. And you guessed it right, the truck is packing a GT-R motor, plus a host of performance and visual upgrades.

This Nissan Navara packs a GT-R sized punch image

On the outside, the Navara-R is wearing a full custom body kit that consists of wide fenders, bumper extensions, and a side skirt. Also, the truck ditched the stock 17-inch wheels for a set of custom 20-inch BBS wheels.

There are very subtle modifications to the Navara-R's interior. SB Motorsport kept the cabin mostly stock, except for the Sparco seats in front, and of course, the GT-R steering wheel that gives out what the truck has under the hood.

This Nissan Navara packs a GT-R sized punch image

Now on to its juicy bit – the engine. They swapped out the Navara's diesel engine for an increased displacement version of the Nissan GT-R's 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine called the VR41DETT. The Navara-R's 4.1-liter engine has an engine control unit from Syvecs and puts out 1,000 horsepower. Like the GT-R, the truck is all-wheel-drive, with its power reaching all four wheels through a special dual-clutch transmission from Dodson Motorsport in New Zealand.

This Nissan Navara packs a GT-R sized punch image

To handle the immense power, the suspension was completely redesigned to accommodate the original GT-R subframes and fit the KW V4 Racing coilovers with the HLS 4 hydraulic lift system. In addition, they fitted the truck with an Alcon racing-spec brake kit to provide the stopping power.

According to Baggioni's official Facebook page, the Navara-R project spent two years in the making, with the British drift champion suggesting the super truck could see action at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which is happening in two weeks' time.