Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept Gives Enthusiasts 110 More Horsepower

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

Nissan is in the giving spirit and the Sentra is receiving many goodies from the brands NISMO performance division. Lets just get one thing out of the way – this concept makes over 240 hp.

That’s right, this car has almost double the power of a standard Sentra. However, this concept isn’t just about output, with the Sentra NISMO sporting many unique race-inspired touches. Inside is a cockpit fit for a racer, with Alcanatara appointed Recaro seats. There’s a unique leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, too.

That shift knob is attached to a six-speed manual transmission, which Nissan says is “beefed-up” for the more potent powerplant. The car also features a limited-slip differential to help put all that power to the ground. Suspension components were all touched up by NISMO to give the car the handling it deserves. The wheels are 19-inch RAYS wrapped with 225/35R19 Michelin Super Sport performance tires.

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Under the hood, the 1.8-liter engine is turbocharged to make all that power, and features 240 lb-ft of torque. That engine is actually a bored out version of the direct-injection mill found in the new Juke NISMO RS.

The exterior of the Sentra NISMO Concept is what really sets it apart as a performance machine. The white pearl paint finish, oversized fender flares and dual exhaust tips all make this look like a mean compact car.

If you like what you see, don’t get too excited, Nissan calls this car a performance study, hinting at what can happen with NISMO at the helm of the Sentra.

“Fans have asked that we bring back a high-performance Sentra straight from the factory, just like in generations past,” said 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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Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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  • Adrian Edwards Adrian Edwards on Nov 21, 2013

    Blah, blah, blah. Don't dissapoint us Nissan! Start Production now! Don't make me resort to buying a Subaru, Mitsubishi or even a hyundai for my fun factor. When you do it, don't hold any punches back. AWD and 2.0L or even 2.5L turbo would be much appreciated with minimum of 300 HP. At least as an option!

  • Shiratori90 Shiratori90 on Jul 15, 2014

    It's so close, yet the manual transmission makes it so far away. smh