What Is It
Nissan Sentra Nismo Concept
What's Special About It?
Based on the existing Sentra sedan, Nissan showed off a Sentra Nismo Concept at the L.A. auto show. This tuning concept was produced to gauge interest in a performance-sharpened economy sedan. If Nissan does actually send it to production, there wouldn't be much competition.
In the power department, Nissan's in-house performance group, Nismo, slapped a turbocharger onto the Sentra's existing 130-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder. By its estimates, power has been pushed past 240 hp and 240 pound-feet of torque. A retuned six-speed manual sends power to the front wheels through a limited-slip differential. Nismo also upgraded the suspension and steering for a more engaging driving experience. Underneath the Rays 19-inch wheels are larger brakes that are sourced from the 370Z's Sport package.
From the outside, the Nissan Sentra Nismo Concept has a much more aggressive and aerodynamic appearance. Blacked-out grilles, smoked light lenses, a wider front spoiler, side skirts and a rear deck spoiler give the otherwise sedate Sentra a sharper presence that has echoes of Lexus' F-Sport line. The roof sports a chrome treatment, which serves to reduce cockpit heat while at the same time giving a nod to the GT-R racecars that compete in the Japanese Super GT series.
According to Nissan, reception at the show has thus far been promising. In the event that the Nismo Sentra Concept comes to fruition, perhaps they'll even revive the SE-R trim?
What Edmunds Says: If Nissan actually produces the Sentra Nismo, it'll be uniquely positioned among economical performance sedans.
Engine: 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Gearbox: Six-speed manual
Power: 240-plus horsepower, 240-plus lb-ft of torque