2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO

At long last, the Nissan Sentra Nismo has finally been unveiled for the Los Angeles Auto Show, nearly three years after a concept was first shown to us at precisely the same location. Drawing upon the heritage of previous performance sedans like the Datsun 510 and Sentra SE-R, this new Sentra (or Sylphy as it is known here) is the fourth Nismo model sold in the United States, joining the Juke, 370Z and GT-R.

Under the hood, the Sentra Nismo carries the same engine as the SR Turbo variant – a MR16DDT 1.6 litre direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 188 hp and 240 Nm of torque. This is a far cry for the 2013 concept, which packed a larger 1.8 litre turbo, producing 240 hp and 325 Nm, mated to a six-speed manual and a limited slip differential.

In any case, this Sentra Nismo that goes on sale next year, will be offered with a choice of a six-speed manual or an Xtronic CVT. Without any engine mods, the major performance enhancements have been applied to the chassis, starting with a lowered ride height of 10 mm and stiffened skeleton (extra bracing).

2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO

To go along with that, the dampers and steering have been retuned, while 18-inch wheels wrapped with 215/45R18 Michelin Pilot Sport tyres have also been applied. Buyers can also opt for Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R rubbers instead if they please.

As for the exterior, there’s a functional Nismo bodykit, featuring new aero bumpers (with red accents), a rear spoiler, new grille and side skirts. Meanwhile, the cabin receives a Nismo instrument cluster, front sports seats, leather shift knob, faux carbon bits and an Alcantara/leather steering wheel.