• Jul 19th 2006 at 11:04AM
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It seems like horsepower wars are popping up everywhere. While the supercars of the world are currently battling it out between 600 and 1,000 horsepower, economy cars are waging war between 200 and 300 horsepower. While we have no information on how much power the next generation Nissan Sentra SE-R will produce, we'll tell Nissan straight up it's going to need at least 225-250 ponies to compete. These spy shots show the Sentra in SE-R trim with the obligatory revised front and rear fascias plus side sills. Larger wheels and some massive rotors are also part of the package. The power bar has been raised by the 250-hp MazdaSpeed3 and 300-hp Dodge Caliber SRT-4. Hopefully the next Sentra SE-R can hold its own on the battlefield.
[Source: Straightline Blog via Winding Road]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      225hp from a 2 liter engine without a turbo isn't happening. That is more than the S2000.

      A small high revving direct injection V6, a two liter derivative of the VQ35HR would be perfect, 200hp, 160ft-lbs, nice.

      Then the altima could/should have a 2.5 liter V6.

      Nissan, V6s for everyone.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's still pretty ugly, and that's after a major redesign because the first one was worse! If they shrunk the whole car about half a foot in height and kept the length... well, it'd look somewhat like the new civic; a car that I think looks great and I'm a diehard Nissan guy having had my SE-R since 1996.

      I highly doubt you'll see 200hp in the SE-R unless Nissan has a motor I don't know about. I believe the replacement for the QR25 is going to be the MR20 which was designed for midrange punch and not topend. I don't see any way for Nissan to get 200hp out of the MR20.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Nice looking 2003 Saturn Ion.
      • 9 Years Ago
      How about gearing, and peak torque @5000, peak power @7500rpm, 8000 rpm limiter.
      With a 100mm stroke(QR25), mean piston speed is 20m/s @ 6000 rpm.
      With an oversquare 80x66 2.0 V6, 8000rpm is only 17.6 m/s
      • 9 Years Ago
      The later 20-valve SR20VE was right around 200hp stock (16-valve was 185hp). The S2000 didn't have direct injection, which lets you run 11-12:1 compression ratios on regular crap gas (normally aspirated SR20s were usually 9.5 or 10:1).

      The problem with 4-cylinder engines above 2 liters is that they usually have really long strokes (the QR25 is 100mm), which gives them good torque but makes them lumber up to redline like an old Detroit Diesel. If you still want the torque, you could opt for a VQ25DE (which should be in the base Altima anyway).
      • 9 Years Ago

      The 02 SE-R I own gets about 27-28 mpg in mixed city/highway.

      And I share your concern with the increasing weight of vehicles!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hopefully it's as damn fun as my 02 spec-v. Hopefully whatever new engine they use is torquey like the QR is, and not a rev monster like the honda one.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah...I'm not feelin it at all. Having been an owner of the "classic" B13 Sentra SE-R(1992), nothing has really lived up to the original. The 200SX's rear beam axle suspension was the first big disappointment and it was all downhill from there. The B15 QR-powered Sentras were just plain ugly and not very fast, even modded. B13 and B14 owners are now swapping out their tired SR20 motors for JDM SR20DET/VE/SR16VE motors with serious HP to keep up with all the modern day sport compact cars like the SRT-4 and the Civic Si.
      They should just leave the Sentra to being an econobox and scrap the idea of trying to make it into a sports car that its not.
      If you're a Nissan fan, wait for the Sport Compact concept. Its a much better successor to carry on the SE-R name...

      • 9 Years Ago
      Love all the comments, it shows how difficult it is to please everybody.
      My 1992 kicked ass on the track and off (V8 Mustangs, NSX, Supra, MR2, S2000, all VTEC)I walked away from them all. 2nd gear goes up to 68 mph! But the only two I couldn't catch were a SVT COBRA mustang and a SW6 Firebird... but remember I only have 140hp.
      I've been driving my 1992 Sentra for about 10 years now, racked up 230,000 and I have been waiting for a SE-Rious replacement. But I gave up and bought a BMW.... I know I don't like the yuppy image, but It's my family car that I can Auto-Cross with. (PS. It's true BMW stands for "brings more women" ALL the women notice the Beemer, while the SE-R attracted the racing Boys)
      But anyways the new SE-R needs to kick ass without looking like one...
      I'm going to miss my SE-R when she's gone.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Nissan should do with the Sentra what volkswagen did with the Fox. That's right.....KILL THE BITCH. Its time has passed.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I can't really imagine the reason that Nissan can't seem to make a good Sentra recently. They're putting out quality stuff in the mid-size, pickup, and crossover categories...but when was the last excellent Sentra that had fun + style?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Man, that's a disappointment. If this is what the new Sentra is gonna look like Nissan is in trouble. What a pile.
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