The Japanese automaker’s rather bland Sentra – even in the SR Turbo build – gets a sporty infusion in time for the Los Angeles Auto Show thanks to the Nismo version.
Unfortunately this time around the Nismo is all show and no go because the enhancements are limited to visual and handling modifications, without any performance hike from the regular SR Turbo. The compact sedan is now the fourth model to receive the Nismo treatment in the United States, after the Juke, 370Z and GT-R. But the Nismo here keeps the performance credentials of the recently introduced SR Turbo version with a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four packing 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque – linked to a six speed manual or CVT.
The 2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo does come with a lowered ride height by 0.4 inch and the suspension setting has been retuned for even stiffer handling than the SR Turbo. The 215/45R18 Michelin Pilot Sport tires are wrapped around the first 18-inch wheels on offer for the Sentra model. There’s also a sporty yet subtle body kit, which has a bigger new rear spoiler and rear fascia that increase downforce by 30 percent. The electric power steering has also been tweaked for heavier, sportier feeling than the SR Turbo, and so has the chassis tune.