NISSAN PULSAR NISMO: MORE STYLE, MORE POWER
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.
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.
That sounds like a 'maybe', to us. So, if you're keen, 'maybe' you should get on the phone to your local dealer.