A high-performance version of the Nissan Sentra is on its way. The automaker recently announced information about the upcoming Sentra NISMO, confirming that it will offer 188 horsepower and a 6-speed manual transmission — along with a starting price below $25,000.
For most enthusiasts, the most highly anticipated part of the Sentra NISMO is its engine, which will use a 188-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 177 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be connected to two available transmission options: a 6-speed manual or a tuned version of Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable automatic. See the 2017 Nissan Sentra models for sale near you
Of course, the Sentra NISMO will also offer other improvements over a standard Sentra. Such changes include 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires, upgraded suspension and a revised power steering system that gives the car more of a NISMO feel. That probably means increased sharpness and more feedback.
As you might expect from a modern performance model, the Sentra NISMO also adds a lot of cosmetic upgrades, including unique exterior colors, red accents and stitching, chrome door handles, black NISMO mirror caps, a NISMO front and rear fascia and a rear spoiler.
Although the NISMO Sentra offers more power than a standard Sentra (which tops out at 130 hp), it still falls short of high-performance compact rivals. The Honda Civic Si, for instance, offered 205 hp before its recent redesign, and an upcoming new model will likely offer even more power. Meanwhile, the high-performance Volkswagen Jetta GLI boasts 210 hp, and the Ford Focus ST offers an impressive 252 hp.
Nonetheless, we’re curious to check out the Sentra NISMO for ourselves — especially given its reasonable base price of around $25,000 — when the sedan goes on sale early next year. Find a 2017 Nissan Sentra for sale