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The New Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Offers More Performance and a Stick Shift

Nissan’s officially rolled out an all-new, high-performance version of its compact Sentra sedan. Dubbed the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo, the new model boasts more power than the standard Sentra along with a few upgrades, including an available 6-speed manual transmission. See the 2017 Nissan Sentra models for sale near you

The biggest change is under the hood, where the Nissan Sentra touts a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which makes 188 horsepower, an increase of 58 hp over last year’s base-level Sentra that used a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder. Torque is also boosted dramatically, as the Sentra SR Turbo will offer 177 lb-ft, an increase of 49 over last year’s Sentra.

Beyond the increased power, the Sentra SR Turbo also touts an available 6-speed manual transmission, which Nissan previously confined to its base-level Sentra S models. Unlike other sporty compacts such as the Ford Focus ST and Honda Civic Si, drivers who don’t want the 6-speed can still choose an automatic: in this case, a continuously variable transmission Nissan’s dubbed the XTRONIC.

Other additions to the Sentra SR Turbo are relatively small and include unique rocker panels, a chrome exhaust tip, 17-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. Nissan says the Sentra SR Turbo will go on sale in October, and although the automaker hasn’t yet announced pricing, we expect it to start around $23,000 when it reaches dealers. Find a 2017 Nissan Sentra for sale

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  1. So… a Juke sedan, minus AWD availability? It’s a surprisingly peppy engine, and the fuel economy is unbelievable – in the Juke, anyway. In my Juke, I’m getting nearly 27mpg average per tank, and that’s including 45-60min on 16mi stop-n-go Miami traffic twice/day. Hopefully the Sentra is lighter, then add the soon-to-come ECU flashes and other mods, and it should be fun!

  2. So it’s a stone’s throw away from a GTI that’s better in every possible way? I mean I can’t think as to why you’d even consider this unless your dad owned a Nissan Dealer and were given one. 

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