Nissan’s smallest performance sedan is back, as the Sentra SR Turbo breaks cover at the Miami Auto Show.
The SR Turbo improves output over the regular SR by 50%, thanks to a new 188-hp turbocharged direct-injected 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine (the 1.8 makes 124 hp). Torque is up about 42% (177 lb-ft, up from 125). It will be available with a choice of unique transmissions — either a 6-speed manual or Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Nissan also had to beef up the body structure, in order to handle the extra power. Revised steering helps the driver better handle the front-wheel drive power forces, larger front disc brakes help bring to a halt from potentially higher speeds, and unique suspension tuning helps smooth out the blend between improved driving dynamics and comfortable ride.
“The Sentra SR Turbo is designed for buyers who want all the attributes of traditional compact sedans but also desire some serious turbo performance,” said Bert Brooks, senior manager, Product Planning, Nissan Canada. “The SR Turbo builds upon the redesigned Sentra and adds 50% more horsepower and more than 40% more torque, as well as the upgrades where drivers will feel them. It’s truly the complete package for compact car buyers and enthusiasts alike.”
A premium package (the only available option package on the SR Turbo) adds blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, leather seating and a Bose 8-speaker premium audio system. The package also adds NissanConnect, with Navigation and mobile apps (controllable through a 5.8-inch touchscreen) with voice recognition for audio and navigation, and SiriusXM audio, traffic and travel services.
Exterior presentation is the same as the Sentra SR, which already included projector beam headlights, LED accent lighting, fog lights, heated outside mirrors with integrated LED signals, lower bodyside cladding, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels with 205/50R17 all-season tires, rear spoiler and chrome exhaust tip.