If the Nissan Pulsar SSS isn’t hot enough for you, then try the new Nismo version just unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles motor show.
Nissan’s performance division continues to spread across the Japanese brand’s line-up and has been particularly busy at this week’s motor shows, also showing a Juke Nismo RS in LA as well as the Nissan GT-R Nismo at the Tokyo motor show.
The Nissan Pulsar Nismo – or Sentra as Pulsar is know in the US – ramps things up under the bonnet with a 1.8-litre direct fuel injection four-cylinder turbo producing an estimated 179kW of power and more than 325Nm of torque.
Those figures compare with the 140kW and 240Nm of the Pulsar SSS hatch’s 1.6-litre turbo engine.
The hot small sedan’s suspension, steering and six-speed manual gearbox have all been given the Nismo tuning treatment for sportier handling and shifting. There’s also a mechanical limited slip differential for the front axle to help the Nismo get its power to the ground more effectively.
The Pulsar sedan gets beefed up on the outside, too, with a deep front bumper with large air dam and front aero splitter, plus LED daytime running lights.
Large, 19-inch Rays alloy wheels with red Brembo brake calipers from the 370Z fill the Nismo’s wheel arches, while the Z sports car also provides inspiration for the Nissan Pulsar Nismo’s rear ‘diffuser’.
Inside there are black leather and alcantara Recaro seats, a leather and alcantara steering wheel, and Nismo anodised red rings for the engine start button and rev counter.
Nissan Australia is considering Nismo models for the local market.