Meet the 2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo! Where does the term Nismo come from? It’s the name of Nissan’s in-house performance team. Founded in 1984, the Nismo team has helped develop the GT-R and 370Z. Now, it’s the Sentra’s turn.
You might think the Sentra is a strange pick. After all, it’s a four-door family-friendly sedan. Nissan’s motivation was simple; why not give an already compact car a healthy shot of adrenaline without significantly increasing the price? The hope is that when you think of the Nissan Sentra this year, you won’t just think reliable and fuel-efficient. You’ll think power and performance, too.
The Biggest Change is Under the Hood
The Sentra Nismo now has a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’s also the proud owner of variable cam phasing on both intake and exhaust cams. Together, these additions give drivers a huge increase in horsepower and torque; 188 and 177 lb.-ft. respectfully. Transmission-wise, you have a choice between a six-speed manual and Nissan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
If you’re unfamiliar with a CVT, think of it as an alternative to your typical automatic transmission. You operate it just like a regular one but it eliminates your engines need to run through gears. What does it mean for you? While it takes some getting used to at first, the benefits are improved fuel economy, efficient power delivery, and a smoother ride.
Striking Red Highlights and Sporty Vibes
There is no confusing the Sentra Nismo with other models. It has an aggressive body kit and improved aerodynamics. Plus, include that front wing splitter, Nismo tailpipe, and expressive spoiler and there is no doubt this Sentra is built to travel at much faster speeds.
The Nismo also enjoys red accents throughout and Nismo nameplates. Nissan even wrapped the steering wheel in leather and microsuede and added a leather shift knob for fun. Finally, the Nismo front seats are trimmed in red and made to be comfortable. All it takes is one-second in one to realize these seats are far superior to any in the segment.
Why Buy a Nissan Sentra Nismo from Oakville Nissan?
The Sentra is a perfect vehicle for just about any lifestyle. It’s fuel-efficient, reliable and affordable (click here to read our full review of the 2017 Sentra). What the Nissan performance team did with the Sentra Nismo was take an already great vehicle and make it truly fun to drive.
Like it? Want to see how it feels on the road? Schedule a test drive at Oakville Nissan! We are proud to service Oakville, Hamilton, Burlington, Milton, Mississauga and all across the GTA. If you have questions about the Sentra Nismo or anything at all, give us a call at 1-905-827-1177!