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Nissan Sentra Nismo Concept Debut

That was fast.


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What's New

This is merely a concept, a vision for what Nissan is thinking about. Yet, it's so much more, and we're excited as all get-up. The Nissan Sentra Nismo Concept previews the replacement for the Nissan Sentra SE-R that departed not too long ago. That car had 200 horsepower from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder.

Seeing as how everything is going turbocharged these days, Nissan has seen fit to follow suit, taking its compact sedan up a notch with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder that's good for upwards of 240 horsepower.

Who It's For

With power numbers like what it has and a post of performance upgrades, the Nissan Sentra Nismo Concept looks right in the eye of cars like the MazdaSpeed3, Ford Focus ST, and 204-horsepower 2014 Honda Civic Si and aims to take them down.

Obviously this is just a concept, so power figures ought to change before the car is officially on sale, if it is. We have a feeling that given the enthusiasm surrounding this car, it will come sooner than not to cater to performance-minded enthusiasts who want something fun for not a whole lot of coin, relatively speaking. Young and young-at-heart enthusiasts ought to gobble it up, and it'll serve as a flagship for the otherwise milquetoast Sentra lineup.

Key Features

Obviously, power's the number one priority with the Nissan Sentra Nismo Concept. But other highlights of this concept include:
  • A massively modified exterior, now featuring some semblance of assertive styling.
  • Brembo brakes taken straight from the 370Z.
  • A leather- and Alcantara-wrapped sports interior.
  • A whole host of suspension upgrades.
  • Those 19-inch wheels.

What We Think

Build it, Nissan. Just build it. Stop thinking about it. Stop using the word "concept." Give us what we see here, and make it good. No, make it great.

Nissan shares much of its engineering muscle with Renault, which makes a car in Europe called the Megane 265 that's supposedly an absolutely, unabashedly awesome car that's won out over our beloved Focus ST in many a direct comparison. Seeing that Nismo and Renault Sport could cross paths gives us hope that Nissan can work its magic on making the Sentra Nismo what it ought to be in production form.

The 2013 Nissan Sentra was frankly as good as it needed to be but hardly class-leading. Already for 2014, Nissan has instilled a long list of upgrades into its 130-horsepower compact. To make us truly interested, to keep our attention, Nissan ought to knock the Sentra Nismo out of the park. With cars like the GT-R and Juke Nismo already out there, we can only hope Nissan lives up to the heavy expectations and delivers a car that drives with the excitement previewed with this concept.

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