Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept Teases Further Expansion Of Performance Line

   Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept Teases Further Expansion Of Performance Line

- 240+ Horsepower Performance Study Makes World Debut at L.A. Auto Show -

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2013

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As Nissan expands its NISMO line of
factory performance models, it is revisiting the small car performance genre
and teasing the future with the Los Angeles Auto Show world debut of the
Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept.

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The Sentra NISMO Concept is built on the solid foundation of the latest
generation Nissan Sentra, which offers an outstanding balance of premium
style, innovative technology and fuel-efficient performance. The concept
injects performance and design tuner elements into the mix. Among the Sentra
NISMO Concept's many departures from a production 2014 Sentra are its
race-inspired exterior with enhanced aerodynamic performance, NISMO-tuned
suspension, steering and transmission and engaging motorsports-style cockpit.
And under the hood, the concept adapts a 1.8-liter direct injection
turbocharged engine producing more than 240 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of
torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

"Fans have asked that we bring back a high-performance Sentra straight from
the factory, just like in generations past," said Nissan Vice President of
Product Planning, Pierre Loing. "With NISMO, our in-house motorsports arm
already producing versions of the 370Z NISMO, JUKE NISMO, JUKE NISMO RS and
upcoming GT-R NISMO, we wanted to demonstrate where we could go in the

A Powerful Presence

The look of the Sentra NISMO Concept, like previous Nissan performance sedans,
is somewhat understated – more sophisticated and confident than "in-your-face"
boy racer. Exterior modifications, designed to enhance Sentra's already good
aerodynamics, start with a deep front fascia with lower LED lights and wide
lower grille that match the stock Sentra's standard LED daytime running rights
and upper grille.

The aerodynamic look continues with a wide lower front spoiler and along the
sides of the vehicle with the oversized fender flares and integrated side
sills flowing into a deep-skirted rear fascia accentuated by large dual
exhaust tips. A custom rear spoiler and center rear fog lamp, which echoes the
design of the 370Z's rear diffuser, complete the look. All lights on the
vehicle feature a smoked look.

A thin, signature NISMO red accents accentuate the areas where aerodynamics
have been emphasized such as the lower spoiler, while more discreet striping
is found on the side mirrors and side sills. NISMO badges – with signature
matching red "O" – are located front and rear.

The body is painted in a custom Bright Pearl White. The aerodynamic side door
mirror covers, front splitter and rear diffuser are finished in a high-gloss,
genuine carbon fiber diagonal pattern. The special Black Chrome-finished mesh
grille is surrounded by Dark Chrome, adding to the Sentra NISMO Concept's
imposing presence.

"The exterior treatment takes Sentra's mature, premium presence and infuses it
with an added dimension of excitement and dynamic energy," said Loing. "Still
easily identified as a Sentra, it evokes a strong sense of the power that
lurks just below the surface."

While production 2014 Sentras combine responsive acceleration with excellent
fuel efficiency from a 130-horsepower1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve inline
4-cylinder engine, the Sentra NISMO Concept borrows technology from the
newJUKE NISMORS's DOHC 16-valve, turbocharged, intercooled, sequential
Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) equipped 4-cylinder, enlarged to 1.8
liters.The NISMO-tuned engine produces an estimated 240+ horsepower and more
than 240 lb-ft of torque – enough toshow its taillights to ordinary sedans.

The engine is matched with a beefy 6-speed manual transmission and
limited-slip differential to help make sure that the power is directed firmly
to the road surface. The stock Sentra's independent strut front and torsion
beam rear suspension receive the NISMO tuning treatment, complete with custom
performance shocks and springs.

Wide 19-inch RAYS aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with 225/35R19 Michelin Super
Sport performance tires and red-painted 370Z Brembo brake calipers complete
the package.

A true performance sports sedan demands an equally engaging cockpit. The
Sentra NISMO Concept interior features an array of NISMO-inspired upgrades,
including Recaro "Sportster" front seats with custom black leather and
Alcantara^® appointments. The rear seats are treated to a mix of perforated
black Alcantara^® in a similar pattern to the front seats. Alcantara^® is also
used for the pillars and headliner.

The racing-inspired interior continues with a NISMO-style
leather/Alcantara^®-wrapped steering wheel with red leather at the 12 o'clock
position, along with matching shift knob and shifter lever boot surround. The
instrument cluster features a satin carbon fiber finish and all chrome accents
are treated to a Dark Chrome finish. Both the start button and tachometer
include iconic NISMO anodized red rings.

The Ultimate Essence

"NISMO is the 'Ultimate Essence' of Nissan's 'Innovation and Excitement' as a
performance and personalization brand. With its highly credible motorsport
heritage and passionate attitude in pursuing victories and continuous
performance improvement, the NISMO name is not to be taken lightly," said
Loing. "Neither are vehicles that wear the NISMO badge. For those who love
their sports sedans with a little adrenaline, a Nissan NISMO product should be
on their shopping list."

SOURCE Nissan North America

Contact: Josh Clifton, Product Communications, Nissan North America,
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