The Nissan Sentra Nismo has been unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles motor show.
The new Sentra Nismo is based on the North American version of the Pulsar, known there as the Sentra. A facelift for the the Sentra was unveiled at this time last year.
Visually, the Sentra Nismo is distinguished by more aggressively cut bumpers at both ends, plenty of red highlighting, a rear diffuser-style element, black wing mirrors, and a boot lip spoiler.
The car rides on 18-inch gunmetal grey alloy wheels with 215/45 Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R tyres.
Inside, there’s a set of deeply bolstered front seats, which like the steering wheel, are primarily clad in faux suede. The red stitching and trim inserts help to liven up the Sentra’s interior.
Unlike the 2013 Nissan Sentra Nismo concept, the production vehicle doesn’t feature any more power than the most powerful model in the regular Sentra/Pulsar line.
The production-ready Sentra Nismo uses the same 1.6-litre direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine employed in the Australian Pulsar SSS and American Sentra SR Turbo. With 140kW of power and 240Nm of torque on tap, the car should be brisk without being hot.
Sentra Nismo buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.
The Nissan Sentra Nismo goes on sale in the States from January next year with an asking price of around US$25,000 ($33,100), or roughly US$3000 ($4000) more than the SR Turbo.
Nissan Australia has confirmed that there are no plans to bring the Sentra Nismo or anything like it down under.