The NISMO Frontier, the first-ever NISMO branded Nissan vehicle in North America, represents the highest level of factory off-road performance available in the 2006 Nissan Frontier.

  • 2006 Nissan NISMO Frontier
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    4.0L V6
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    6 Speed Manual
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    Gas Engine / Sequential Electronic Fuel Injected
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    3954 / 241 L
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Launched with the all-new Frontier in 2005, Nissan and NISMO engineers discussed the opportunity in the development process to offer a specialized model purpose-built for off-road adventure. The NISMO Frontier includes an extensive list of performance-oriented parts, including off-road tuned NISMO-spec Bilstein performance shocks, skid plates, unique 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with aggressive P265/75R16 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A off-road tires and an electronic locking rear differential.

The NISMO Off-Road model is offered in both King Cab and Crew Cab body configurations and in 4WD and 2WD.

The NISMO Off-Road model differs from the other 2006 Frontier models in a number of performance areas, including special off-road suspension tuning and a collection of unique-to-the-model electronic traction control systems. It includes 4-wheel limited slip for 4WD models and 2-wheel limited slip for 2WD models, which helps redirect engine torque to the non-slipping drive wheel on low traction surfaces. An electronic locking rear differential is also standard on both 4WD and 2WD models.

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In addition to the tie-down cleats, a full range of accessories will be offered for use with the channel system, including bed dividers, sliding cargo trays and modular storage units.

A Design That’s All Truck

As with Titan, Frontier’s exterior design is bold, expressive and adventurous. Frontier utilizes signature Nissan truck themes, including a chrome, angled strut grille, chrome bumpers, short front and rear overhangs, large, stamped steel, geometric fender flares.

Three new colors are available on Frontier for 2006 – Red Alert, Red Brawn and Majestic Blue.

Like Titan, Frontier offers new levels of innovation in areas where it matters most to truck owners, including the bed. Both the Frontier King Cab and Crew Cab models offer an available high-utility bed that includes a factory-applied spray-on bedliner and the Utili-track tie-down system first introduced on Titan.

The Utili-track system provides ultimate cargo hauling flexibility through the use of five special "C" cross-section rails mounted in the bed (two channels in the bed floor, and one each on the bed side rails and the bed header panel). Removable utility cleats slide into the channels, providing a wide range of attaching points for securing cargo.

In addition to the tie-down cleats, a full range of accessories are offered for use with the channel system, including bed dividers, sliding cargo trays and modular storage units.

A Highly Flexible Interior

Just as the high-utility bed offers Frontier owners an exceptional level of flexibility and utility, the Frontier’s interior features outstanding functionality combined with comfort and intelligent design. Both the Frontier King Cab and Crew Cab feature large rear doors (rear hinged on King Cab) for easy access to the rear seating and cargo area.

The Frontier King Cab features flip-up rear seats and both cab styles offer new solutions to cab storage and flexibility. Removable storage boxes are tucked beneath the rear seats, while the front passenger seat folds flat for added load carrying capacity (except on leather-trimmed models). A dual glove box with lock, damper and lamp, center console storage, 1-liter storage integrated into the front doors and a multitude of cupholder and power points are standard. Frontier also offers leather-appointed interior and factory-installed sunroof.

The 2006 Frontier adds satin ring accent treatment for the meter gauges and chrome vent trim standard on NISMO and LE models. In addition, a new shift knob design is added on 2006 NISMO manual transmission models.

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The 2006 Frontier also includes a long list of safety equipment, including Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones, Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (which includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front occupant classification sensor), and 3-point front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters.

Also offered are supplemental front seat side-impact air bags and available supplemental curtain air bags for side impact and rollover protection for front and rear outboard passengers, 3-point seat belts for all rear seat occupants, including center position (Crew Cab) and the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system (Crew Cab).

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  (544) posted on 04.7.2010

This is the first time that nissan released a NISMO version of frontier. One of the best offer from nissan. So boys, what are you waiting for? Get it while it’s hot.

  (6021) posted on 03.19.2008

i have the 2.5 and i hit 120 in the 6 gear

  (6021) posted on 11.27.2006

The 05-07 Frontier Nismo along with all other trims are electronicly speed limited at 110mph. some owners have reported as high as 115, most with plenty of rpm range for the possibility of a higher speed if not for the speed limiter.

  (6021) posted on 11.14.2006

I have a base 2006 frontier 6-speed 4.0l and i got it up to 115mph and it still had a good but of go left i was about 3,900 rpm or so but thats too fast for a truck unless your drag racing; at least for me. the gearing is different though, i think the nismo has 3.73 or 3.80 final gear ratio .. mine is 3.62 i believe. so ur rpms would be a little higher than mine at 115.

  (6021) posted on 08.28.2006

I have owned this vehicle for a few months now, and I couldn’t be happier. But I would really like to know how fast it is. I have the same model as the model on the top speed site. A six speed manual nismo 4.0l V6. If anyone knows, I would appreciate it.

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