Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept: The Official Story on 240HP 1.8-Liter Turbo Sports Sedan

You saw the leaked pictures, time to learn the details now on Nissan's LA Auto Show world premiere, the new Sentra NISMO Concept for a 240+ horsepower version of the brand's saloon.

The regular Sentra is your run of the mill family sedan, but after NISMO's treatment of its body and soul, the Nissan model has suddenly became a lot more interesting, starting with the 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that churns out more than 240 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.

The inline four is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that drives the front wheels through a limited slip differential for better grip. Changes have also been made to the suspension bits and settings with custom performance shocks and springs, while the car now rides on 19-inch RAYS aluminum-alloy wheels mounted on 225/35R19 Michelin Super Sport performance tires. You will also find bigger brakes from Brembo.

As far as appearance goes, the Sentra NISMO looks the part without going Fast&Furious crazy, featuring restyled front and rear bumpers, a rear diffuser, side skirts, boot lid spoiler and a unique front grille, plus the sub-brand's trademark red accents.

Nissan says NISMO has also taken care of the interior with Recaro "Sportster" front seats with custom black leather and Alcantara appointments, sports steering wheel with red leather at the 12 o'clock position, along with matching shift knob and shifter lever boot surround. Moreover, the instrument cluster features a satin carbon fiber finish and all chrome accents are treated to a Dark Chrome finish.

Will we see the Sentra NISMO entering production in the future? Nissan says maybe.

"Fans have asked that we bring back a high-performance Sentra straight from the factory, just like in generations past," stated Nissan Vice President of Product Planning, Pierre Loing. "With NISMO, our in-house motorsports arm already producing versions of the 370Z NISMO, JUKE NISMO, JUKE NISMO RS and upcoming GT-R NISMO, we wanted to demonstrate where we could go in the future."


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