Today Nissan announced pricing for its all-new Sentra SE-R models. Remember, there are two models, the Sentra SE-R and the more powerful SE-R Spec V. The 2007 Sentra SE-R starts with an MSRP of $19,400. That model includes a 177-horsepower 2.5L four-cylinder engine and Nissan's Xtronic CVTO transmission. The 2007 Sentra SE-R Spec V, meanwhile, begins at just $500 more. With a base MSRP of $19,900, the Spec V sports a 200-horsepower version of the same motor paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. It also features bigger brakes, meatier tires and a sportier suspension than the SE-R model.
Our question is why anyone would choose not to pony up the half grand for the more powerful and performance oriented SE-R Spec V model. We suppose the SE-R may appeal to those who can't drive stick or want a less expensive insurance premium, but should those people really be shopping for a high-performance econocar in the first place? Regardless, a sub-$20k base price for 200 horsepower sounds like a decent deal, though we expect options like the Audio Package, Sunroof Package, satellite radio, and helical limited-slip differential will quickly raise this car's cost of entry.
Nissan Announces Pricing on 2007 Sentra SE-R [Mar. 8, 07]
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 8, 2007) – Nissan today announced pricing on the all-new Sentra SE-R and Sentra SE-R Spec V, the performance versions of the new larger, more powerful 2007 Nissan Sentra sedan. The starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Sentra SE-R, which features a 177-horsepower 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine and Xtronic CVTÔ (Continuously Variable Transmission) with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, is $19,400.
The Sentra SE-R Spec V, which comes standard with a specially modified 200-horsepower/180 lb-ft torque 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission and unique suspension, brakes and tires, has an MSRP of $19,900.
Along with the increase in size and standard equipment, the 2007 Sentra SE-R and SE-R Spec V offer dramatically improved power – increases of more than 50 and 25 horsepower*, respectively, over the 2006 SE-R and SE-R Spec V models.
"There is simply no comparison between the 2007 SE-R models and previous generations – especially in the driving experience," said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "This is an all-new player in the market – larger and roomier, with more standard features, utility, technology and style. And, with 200 horsepower for under $20,000, we think the new SE-R offers the best performance value for the money on the market today."
Both Sentra SE-R and SE-R Spec V are equipped with a range of unique performance-oriented equipment, including standard 17-inch wheels, 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), specially tuned electric power steering (EPS) and unique front and rear sport fascias, sport grille, side sill spoilers, rear decklid spoiler and exhaust finisher.
Inside the Sentra SE-R cabin are a number of unique SE-R features, including an exclusive black interior color, sport bucket front seats with SE-R stitching, unique seat fabrics, red seat belts (Spec V only), aluminum foot pedal pads, leather-appointed steering wheel, leather-appointed shift knob (Spec V only), and an additional two-gauge meter pack.
Like all 2007 Sentra models, the new SE-R also offers an array of comfort and convenience features including standard power windows and door locks, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD 6-speaker audio, an integrated overhead compact disc holder, cupholders and an oversized glove compartment. Optional features include a 340-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, factory installed satellite radio and Nissan's Intelligent Key keyless entry system (SE-R only).
Standard safety features for the Sentra SE-R include an Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage front air bags and occupant classification system for the front passenger seat, front seat side air bags, side curtain air bags (for front and rear outboard occupant head protection), front seat Active Head Restraints and Zone Body construction.
Available packages for the 2007 Sentra SE-R include Audio Package, Sunroof Package, Satellite Radio (XM or Sirius), Intelligent Key (SE-R only), Helical Limited-Slip Differential (Spec V only) and All-Season Tires (Spec V, no charge).
The new Sentra is available in five other models: Sentra 2.0 with 6-speed manual, priced at $14,750; Sentra 2.0 with CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) for $15,550; Sentra 2.0 S with 6-speed manual, priced at $15,650; Sentra 2.0 S with CVT, $16,450; and Sentra 2.0 SL with CVT, $18,400.
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