Nissan Pulsar Nismo Concept Revealed, Packs 180kW Turbo Engine

Mike Stevens | Nov 21, 2013


Nissan and tuning arm Nismo have revealed a new entrant in its growing range of sports models and concepts, in the form of the Sentra Nismo sedan.

Sold in Australia as the Pulsar, the Sentra sedan joins the Micra hatch and Juke crossover as the latest model to get the Nismo treatment.

As with its Micra and Juke stablemates, the Sentra Nismo (or Pulsar Nismo, in our case) gets a host of styling enhancements to give the sedan a more sporting look than its regular siblings.

But there's more. Motivated by feedback to its earlier concepts, Nismo has boosted the Pulsar sedan's performance credentials by injecting more power into the package.

In concept form, the Sentra Nismo is driven by a 1.8 litre turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 179kW and 325Nm of torque.

By comparison, the new Pulsar SSS hatch sold in Australia is powered by a 1.6 litre turbo engine producing a reasonable (but decidedly more pedestrian) 140kW and 240Nm.

Increasing the Nismo's appeal is a six-speed manual transmission, driving the front wheels through a limited-slip differential.

Nismo also promises a raft of suspension tweaks with specialised shocks and springs, all sitting behind bigger Brembo brakes and 19-inch RAYS aluminium alloy wheels.

The Sentra/Pulsar Nismo's interior hasn't been revealed, but the workshop says you'll find Recaro seats up front with leather and Alcantara trim, along with a sports steering wheel and Nismo shift knob.

Now, like the love-it-or-hate-it IDx concept revealed yesterday, the question becomes: will we see this Nismo special in showrooms?

"Fans have asked that we bring back a high-performance Sentra straight from the factory, just like in generations past," Nissan's Pierre Loing said.

"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 future."

That sounds like a 'maybe', to us. So, if you're keen, 'maybe' you should get on the phone to your local dealer.

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  • Diz says,
    5 months ago
    Based on the ultimate nanna car and still looks better than the new WRX! laugh
    • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
      5 months ago
      Hahah, so ouch but so true
    • Nathan says,
      5 months ago
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      It's a concept. So it means absolutely nothing.
      Also the WRX will destroy this "Nismo" in everything performance related, which is the entire point of these cars.
      • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
        5 months ago
        We were only talking about styling, but yes I agree that we'll need to see the production model before we can say it's better looking than the production WRX.

        That said, the production Micra Nismo and Juke Nismo barely changed in the styling department, so this probably won't change much either.

        Sorry bro.
      • Sam says,
        5 months ago
        Nathan, aren't you the guy telling us the leaked WRX images weren't the real thing and called out everyone for mocking the WRX. seems we have a fanboy on the loose.
  • Henry says,
    5 months ago
    This is more like it PulsarSSS power...bring it here to Aus
  • paddy says,
    5 months ago
    Why not call it the Pulsar SSSSS?
    Then your pub line can be "I've got more ass than you".
    Super hyped up granny car!