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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Nissan's tuning arm gets its hands on Sentra

It looks like Nissan Motorsport, the Japanese carmaker's in-house tuning arm, wasn't just busy with the 2014-model GT-R and GT-R Nismo for the Tokyo Motor Show. Apparently, Nismo has also gotten its hands on the seventh-generation Sentra, which made its global debut in 2012, and worked on it to come up with the Sentra Nismo Concept.

The car has an understated exterior, with a deep front fascia with lower LED lights and a wide lower grille to match the stock LED daytime running lights and upper grille. The lower front spoiler continues the car's aerodynamic look, while the oversized fender flares and integrated side sills give the Sentra Nismo Concept a wider stance. A custom rear spoiler and center rear fog lamp, which echoes the design of the 370Z's rear diffuser, complete the look.

Under the hood, the Sentra Nismo Concept has a 1.8-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine that's mated to a six-speed manual transmission, producing over 240hp and 325Nm. Keeping that much power in contact with the road surface is a limited-slip differential.

"Fans have asked that we bring back a high-performance Sentra straight from the factory, just like in generations past," said Nissan product planning vice president Pierre Loing. "With Nismo already producing versions of the 370Z, the Juke and the GT-R, we wanted to demonstrate where we could go in the future."

While the prospect of Nismo-tuned production Nissan cars sounds exciting, we know we'd be happy to see even just the regular seventh-generation Sentra replace the current model we have in our market.

 

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