Nissan Sentra Nismo Concept Shown at 2013 LA Auto Show

Nissan surprised us with the Nissan Sentra Nismo concept that makes its debut at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show. We knew the company’s Nismo performance division would be showing a Nissan Juke Nismo RS, but this modified Sentra compact sedan appeared out of the blue with a turbocharged engine and aggressive appearance package.

Compared with the boring Nissan Sentra, this Nissan Sentra Nismo looks sharp, and its specifications give us hope that Nissan is not completely abandoning its enthusiast street cred. Nissan says this concept was prompted by fans asking for another high-performance Sentra, and this concept certainly revives fond memories of previous Nissan Sentra SE-R models.

The Nissan Sentra Nismo concept is powered by a 1.8-liter, direct injection, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes “more than 240 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque,” according to Nissan. This is mated with a six-speed manual transmission, and even routes its power through a limited-slip differential—yes, we’re still talking about a Sentra.

To accompany the extra power, Nismo has modified the chassis with performance shocks and springs along with performance tires and Brembo brakes. Exterior modifications include a deeper front fascia, red accents on the lower side sills and rear underbody spoiler, flared fenders, a rear diffuser with dual exhaust tips, a new grille and lower air intake, and smoked headlights and taillights. The black and silver 19-inch Rays wheels look great and give the Sentra Nismo a sportier stance in combination with the lowered suspension.

On the inside, the Nissan Sentra Nismo concept receives special leather and Alcantara trim on the seats, the pillars and headliner, and the special Nismo-style steering wheel. The shift knob and shifter boot surround are also trimmed in leather, and the instrument panel features a carbon fiber finish.

Nissan is calling this concept a “performance study,” so we don’t know if it has a chance of making production. Give that the Nismo performance arm has been more active lately, though, we wouldn’t be surprised if this hotted-up Sentra became a reality.

Look for the Nissan Sentra Nismo concept at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show this week along with Nismo’s other debut, the 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS.

Vern Southard
Looks like a winner.
Manny Gutierrez
Looks really nice, it could compete with the VW Jetta GLI and Mazdaspeed 3
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Jonathan Hogu
Just hope it doesn't some with another CVT....
Wilberto WRenn
What the SR should have been anyway
Prasath Kumar
Like >
Marlon Cambay
ok yan... lam nmn ntn kung gano katiibay pg sinabi mOng nissan kht un sentra n pangtaxi di hamak n matibay kesa sa vios atbp taxi unit....
Samuel O Lee
meh. Nissan is not producing very many attractive vehicles these days.
Aaron Fremuth
Looks like they're catching up to Kia in the styling department. Sounds like a decent driveline but I doubt Brembos would make it into production. And why stop at 19" wheels when you could have 23s?!?!
Dammy Onafowokan
Lipstick on a pig. The Sentra is a far too. bloated design to look cool. Now the new Mazda 3 given the Mazdaspeed treatment will be epic
Jason Mosery
Haha Robert I posted and then saw your "meh". It would be better if the Sentra itself was better.
Jason Mosery
Robert May
Meh. The IDX concept would be a much better car if Nissan would build it. Enough with the ever growing "compact" FWD car. Lightweight, RWD, compact dimensions, including a roof that's not as high as a subaru wagon's, a 2.0 inline 4, and a 6 speed manual, and you have a winning formula.
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Tony Gauntner
The market is crying for the return of reasonably priced compact performance cars...look at the success Fords having with the Fiesta & Dodge the Dart
Tom Champion
They are still having trouble - close the dealer nearby on a very busy retail street.
Raymond Doherty
Wow didn't see that coming from Nissan, their lineup has gotten so boring. Make it please!!! Looks great!
Craig Stishenko
I love it. Like I love any of the other childish rice boxes offered. It has stripes, dark wheels and elementary school curb appeal allowing the GTI and GolfR to maintain their maturity and resale values. Way to go Nissan
Andrew Aslanidis
that's actually sexy... damn child. But when the new MazdaSpeed3 comes out Game Over
Rashid Ali
Great improvement over the stock model.
Clarence Rogers
They do look a little low, Chris. I agree.
Christopher Marshall Ernst
If they would raise the door handles up by 2-3 inches it would look SO much better.
David Hand
Great improvement over the stock model. Nissan's designers have been on vacation for the past few years. This is starting to show small improvement.
Jim Bur
Not for me but this makes the new Corolla look like an even more boring appliance.
R Scott Torgan
I think the last good one was the sentra SE-R from the early 90's.....
Kyree S. Williams
I like it...a lot. I especially like the lower front-fascia and the way the read accents were subtly blended into the bumper, side skirts and wing mirrors.

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