Nissan's Sentra Nismo Concept made its world debut at the LA Auto Show today as part of the Japanese automaker's intitiative to expand its performance line of factory performance models, and it's packing a turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque - that's 110 hp more than the regular Sentra.

Of course, no high-performance version of any car would be complete without the suspension upgrades to handle the power, and Nissan has fitted Nismo-tuned suspension and a limited-slip differential to the little front-wheel-drive sedan. With such an increase in power, Nissan wisely chose to swap out the stock brakes for the Brembo calipers and discs from the 370Z. Larger 225-millimeter-wide tires are wrapped around 19-inch Rays wheels and contained within wider fender flares. The steering and six-speed manual transmission also were tuned by Nismo.

The exterior gets new aerodynamic bits, such as a revised front fascia, a chin spoiler and a new rear spoiler, while the interior gets a nice set of Recaro seats and a leather-and-Alcantara steering wheel. For more information on the Sentra Nismo Concept, check out the press release below, and feel free to head over to the auto show photo gallery to see the car up close.
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Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept Teases Further Expansion of Performance Line

– 240+ Horsepower Performance Study Makes World Debut at L.A. Auto Show –

LOS ANGELES - As Nissan expands its NISMO line of factory performance models, it is revisiting the small car performance genre and teasing the future with the Los Angeles Auto Show world debut of the Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept.

The Sentra NISMO Concept is built on the solid foundation of the latest generation Nissan Sentra, which offers an outstanding balance of premium style, innovative technology and fuel-efficient performance. The concept injects performance and design tuner elements into the mix. Among the Sentra NISMO Concept's many departures from a production 2014 Sentra are its race-inspired exterior with enhanced aerodynamic performance, NISMO-tuned suspension, steering and transmission and engaging motorsports-style cockpit. And under the hood, the concept adapts a 1.8-liter direct injection turbocharged engine producing more than 240 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

"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."

A Powerful Presence
The look of the Sentra NISMO Concept, like previous Nissan performance sedans, is somewhat understated – more sophisticated and confident than "in-your-face" boy racer. Exterior modifications, designed to enhance Sentra's already good aerodynamics, start with a deep front fascia with lower LED lights and wide lower grille that match the stock Sentra's standard LED daytime running rights and upper grille.

The aerodynamic look continues with a wide lower front spoiler and along the sides of the vehicle with the oversized fender flares and integrated side sills flowing into a deep-skirted rear fascia accentuated by large dual exhaust tips. A custom rear spoiler and center rear fog lamp, which echoes the design of the 370Z's rear diffuser, complete the look. All lights on the vehicle feature a smoked look.

A thin, signature NISMO red accents accentuate the areas where aerodynamics have been emphasized such as the lower spoiler, while more discreet striping is found on the side mirrors and side sills. NISMO badges – with signature matching red "O" – are located front and rear.

The body is painted in a custom Bright Pearl White. The aerodynamic side door mirror covers, front splitter and rear diffuser are finished in a high-gloss, genuine carbon fiber diagonal pattern. The special Black Chrome-finished mesh grille is surrounded by Dark Chrome, adding to the Sentra NISMO Concept's imposing presence.

"The exterior treatment takes Sentra's mature, premium presence and infuses it with an added dimension of excitement and dynamic energy," said Loing. "Still easily identified as a Sentra, it evokes a strong sense of the power that lurks just below the surface."

While production 2014 Sentras combine responsive acceleration with excellent fuel efficiency from a 130-horsepower 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine, the Sentra NISMO Concept borrows technology from the new JUKE NISMO RS's DOHC 16-valve, turbocharged, intercooled, sequential Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) equipped 4-cylinder, enlarged to 1.8 liters. The NISMO-tuned engine produces an estimated 240+ horsepower and more than 240 lb-ft of torque – enough to show its taillights to ordinary sedans.

The engine is matched with a beefy 6-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential to help make sure that the power is directed firmly to the road surface. The stock Sentra's independent strut front and torsion beam rear suspension receive the NISMO tuning treatment, complete with custom performance shocks and springs.

Wide 19-inch RAYS aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with 225/35R19 Michelin Super Sport performance tires and red-painted 370Z Brembo brake calipers complete the package.

A true performance sports sedan demands an equally engaging cockpit. The Sentra NISMO Concept interior features an array of NISMO-inspired upgrades, including Recaro "Sportster" front seats with custom black leather and Alcantara® appointments. The rear seats are treated to a mix of perforated black Alcantara® in a similar pattern to the front seats. Alcantara® is also used for the pillars and headliner.

The racing-inspired interior continues with a NISMO-style leather/Alcantara®-wrapped steering wheel with red leather at the 12 o'clock position, along with matching shift knob and shifter lever boot surround. The instrument cluster features a satin carbon fiber finish and all chrome accents are treated to a Dark Chrome finish. Both the start button and tachometer include iconic NISMO anodized red rings.

The Ultimate Essence
"NISMO is the 'Ultimate Essence' of Nissan's 'Innovation and Excitement' as a performance and personalization brand. With its highly credible motorsport heritage and passionate attitude in pursuing victories and continuous performance improvement, the NISMO name is not to be taken lightly," said Loing. "Neither are vehicles that wear the NISMO badge. For those who love their sports sedans with a little adrenaline, a Nissan NISMO product should be on their shopping list."


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      Maxximtl
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't believe I am about to say this about a modern Nissan sedan, but this thing doesn't look half bad. As a former B15 Sentra owner, this would be one helluva way to bring back the Se-r badge. This is Nissan getting back to basics......FWD, Turbo, LSD. They were doing it in 1990, and it's about damn time they started doing it again.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Jay-Zeus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Limited-slip diff - awesome. Good to see an actual mechanical LSD instead of software and brakes.
      christopheroreilly
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh my god. Build it, build it, build it.
      serrealx45
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honestly, this is the best Sentra since the B13(91-94), which was cutting edge in the sport compact car market. Just when the import scene was on the verge of exploding, Nissan introduced a little sport compact with a 2.0L DOHC with 140hp that could rev to 7500 that had a bulletproof bottom end. Mind you, this was before the age of Honda VTECs and variable valve timing really wasn't mainstream yet. Sadly, since then, Nissan's efforts in the sport compact scene have gradually diminished generation over generation with the last SE-R being a complete joke compared to its rivals. When every other carmaker continued to iinnovate and keep their sport compact entry "fresh", Nissan lagged with ugly, underpowered, uninspiring iterations of the Sentra. I pretty much lost hope. Seeing this Nismo Sentra concept has brought it all back! The age of small, efficient turbo powerplants is all the rage now and glad to see Nissan didn't give up. The leaders in this class(Mazdaspeed3, Golf GTI, Focus ST, WRX) all sport turbocharged engines and thats what us enthusiasts crave! Its a shame the recently unveiled Civic Type R won't be available here in the US. Civics are slowly getting bigger and uglier, the least they could do is bring over the CTR to redeem themselves! Kudos to Nissan for showing some potential with the Nismo Sentra concept, but I hope and pray they follow thru and make a production version very close to this concept. That's always been the thing with concepts is the probability of making it to production and if it does, retaining the same look and design of the concept. One other aspect that I hope Nissan takes a page out of what VW and Ford have done to combat FWD turbo torque steer is implement a form of torque vectoring because what's the fun of having all that power if its unpleasant to drive on the twisties because of dreaded torque steer? Listen up, Nissan! Make this bad boy!
        Keith Rooney
        • 1 Year Ago
        @serrealx45
        My thoughts exactly ! Ive owned five 91 ser's and in my opinion the last sport compact that nissan realy made was the 95-99 200sx ser ! But what we realy need is a front engine rear drive 2dr ,4cly tubo car .
          momo
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Keith Rooney

          They should make this a rwd. I miss the old 240SX

      christopheroreilly
      • 1 Year Ago
      My god. Build it, build it, build it.
      Tarik Laaraj
      • 1 Year Ago
      How hard is it to give a sentra IRS?!! I swear to god Nissan has to screw up at least one thing on every car.. Great concept but it's missing that last piece to make it perfect. 280hp out of that 1.8 and she'd some weight and an IRS and you have a Ford focus St and Mazda speed 3 fighter. C'mon Nissan..
        XT6Wagon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tarik Laaraj
        The Fiesta ST uses a twistbeam still. While I hate twist beam suspensions, it appears it can work if you do it right.
          Aaron A
          • 1 Year Ago
          @XT6Wagon
          Shed some weight and IRS… Isn't that an oxymoron?
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          @XT6Wagon
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        2o6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tarik Laaraj
        You know what else had a twist-axle? The Cobalt SS. And the Astra VXR. And any B-segment hot hatch. And the Golf GTI up until MK V. Heck, non GTI, smaller engine variants of the new MK IV Golf and SEAT Leon have twist axles. The European Civic Hatch, including the new Type R, has a twist axle. There is nothing wrong with a twist-axle. It is independent enough (total suspension interdependence isn't always desirable anyways; ARB's are designed to keep an end stiff and level), and not only is it cheaper, but it saves space. Something like a Yaris, or hell even the roomy-as-heck Sentra would lose interior space and less ideal packaging with "IRS" (which you guys are referring to I think, a multilink setup, but there are several ways to get totally independent suspension). It's not a solid axle we're talking about, here. Twist axles are way more dynamic than that. end rant/
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      StonesNismo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've owned all generations of the Nissan Sentra. I'm a huge fan of nismo & it is just great to see Nissan finally listening to its crowd. I hope this will be in production. Good job Nissan & keep it up!
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everything about this car makes sense, so Nissan needs to put this bad boy in production already! At the risk of sounding like Acid Tonic...it sure would be nice if more of these hot hatch/sedans offered AWD as an option. After having AWD/RWD performance cars for the past decade, I'm not too thrilled about the prospects of owning a FWD car anymore. :/
      Corey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now THIS is more like it!
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damn, I really like this. This may have to go on my new car shortlist when this hits dealer lots. I feel like taking the formula for this car and applying it to a FR-S competitor from Nissan would give us a proper modern day Silvia. Now that would be something.
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