The Nissan Sentra is not exactly considered fast. But then again, don’t underestimate the power of Nissan’s tuning wing- Nismo, as they have come up with a mean looking, power-packed Nissan Sentra Nismo Concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Nismo gives the Sentra a whole new makeover with a buffed up aero-kit. There’s a lower spoiler that sits wide on the front, with similar side-skirts to complement the mean stance. Further complementing it is the new rear spoiler and the accentuated dual exhausts. Then, just so your neighbour knows you own a mean little compact sedan, you get the Nismo badges at the front and rear.
But it’s not just the looks. Underneath, you get the same 1.8-litre DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine. Except this time, they’ve added a turbocharger that bumps up the power from 130 hp to a more interesting 240 hp and 325 Nm of torque. They say that the Sentra Nismo Concept borrows its technology from the Juke RS; everything from the turbocharger, intercooler and the sequential Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG). The engine is matched with a 6-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential to help make sure that the power is directed firmly to the road surface.
The Sentra will ride on 19-inch RAYS aluminium-alloy wheels mounted with Super Sport performance tires and red-painted 370Z derived Brembo brake calipers. Inside, the traditional comfort is taken away, and you get Recaro seats and a leather and alcantara covered steering wheel.
The Nissan Sentra Nismo is still in its concept phase, and we’re not sure if it will ever go into production.
Check out prices and specs for the standard version in the Nissan buyer guide.