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Nissan Sentra NISMO: 188 Horsepower, Stick Shift, Around $25,000

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

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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14 COMMENTS

  1. People, please… It’s all relative… Like all the others, that NISMO most likely will come fully-loaded – leather, navi, sunroof, etc… So no, you’re not finding a loaded WRX for $25K. Focus ST? Base edition is $25K – first option package alone is almost $4K. GTI base starts at $26K, Fiesta St… Really? And the Veloster? That thing is uglier than my Juke…

  2. How can a 1.6 turbo produce such little power, this is more expensive and less powerful than rivals such as the Fiesta ST or even a Veloster Turbo

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