Say goodbye to mommy’s old Nissan Sentra and hello to the Nismo Sentra Concept. No longer will the Nissan Sentra be relegated to carrying the crumb snatchers to the playground; with the addition of a brand new Nismo concept treatment, it’s ready to play with the big boys.
Japanese automobile giant, Nissan unveiled its economy class sedan in a whole new light during last month’s 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Nismo, Nissan’s racing and performance division, has added another jewel to its crown: the Nissan Sentra Nismo Concept. In addition to the Nissan GT-R Nismo, Nissan 370Z Nismo, and Nissan Juke Nismo, production is expected to begin soon on the Nissan Sentra Nismo, which has already stolen the hearts of automobile enthusiasts worldwide.
Gone are the monotone sandy beiges, charcoal greys, and slate blues — in is an inspiring black leather and Alcantara interior, with Nismo red accents and Recaro “Sportster” front racing seats. The steering wheel also makes a statement wrapped in black leather and Alcantara, with a red centering line. A carbon fiber finish on the instrument panel finishes out the dexterous cockpit with a touch of panache. NissanConnect electronics interface with internet access, six-inch LED monitor, hands-free Pandora or Bluetooth communication system, and premium audio entertainment system are all projected to be available options for the Sentra Nismo, once it reaches the production and delivery phase.
Bright Pearl White paint, Nismo badges with the familiar red “o”, carbon-fiber diagonal shaped accents on the exterior mirror caps, front splitter, and rear diffuser, with red-line accents on the front spoiler, sideview mirrors, and rocker panel trim set the Sentra Nismo Concept apart from the pack. The chromed roof serves to dissipate heat in the passenger compartment and adds an air of distinction to the decisively performance themed exterior. Giving it a much more aggressive stance, as well as adding an aerodynamic advantage, is a Nismo body effects kit with a deeper front fascia and large air inlets on either side. The LED fog lights are lower than those on the conventional Sentra, and it has a wider front spoiler with a black chrome mesh lower grille. A rear spoiler with Nismo red accents will help the competition to realize that this is not your average Sentra.
Nismo tuned struts and springs give the McPherson strut front and a twist-beam rear suspension some added grip and allow the Nismo tuned electronically variable power steering system to straighten out the curves. A high performance Brembo braking system, with heavy-duty calipers and ceramic pads, ensures that the total package comes safely to a stop. A set of specially designed black, nineteen-inch RAYS aluminum-alloy wheels, wrapped in 225/35R19 Michelin Super Sport performance tires, form the final leg in delivering the ample ponies to the pavement.
Oh, did you want to hear about the ponies? A 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing produces 240-horsepower and 240+ lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox with integrated limited-slip differential is expected to be the only available transmission option.