It looks like there’s no stopping the onslaught of turbo power, even for mainstream offerings. As you may know, the Honda Civic RS Turbo has joined the likes of the Ford Focus EcoBoost and the Volkswagen Golf 1.4TSi in having a turbocharged engine.
Now, it is Nissan’s turn to bring forced induction to the party. The erstwhile Sentra compact sedan now has a new variant in the guise of the Sentra SR Turbo. It now packs a 1.6-liter direct injection gasoline powerplant that puts out 188hp and 240Nm. In comparison, the naturally aspirated 1.8-liter SR only generates around 124hp and 170Nm.
All that extra oomph is coursed to the drive wheels via the Xtronic CVT with manual mode. But Nissan hasn’t forgotten about driving enthusiasts, and is one of the few automakers to offer a six-speed manual gearbox for those that want to shift gears themselves. Either, way, the Japanese carmaker promises exhilarating performance from its turbo-equipped four-door sedan.
The new Sentra SR Turbo doesn’t just get a more potent mill. Larger front disc brakes, a stiffer body structure, a revamped steering rack, and an upgraded suspension all help the car handle the added power. Moreover, all this results in quicker off-the-line acceleration and improved passing performance. It’s a better overall package, promises Nissan.
The newest Sentra variant also gets a host of upgrades that help give it a more premium vibe. The SR Turbo receives special badging as well as a power sliding moonroof. There is even a SR Turbo Premium package that throws in stuff like blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, and leather seating. It essentially uplifts the otherwise humble Sentra without going overboard.
The new Nissan Sentra SR Turbo made its world debut at this year’s Miami International Auto Show in Florida. It’s a long shot, but here’s hoping the Sentra SR line with the new turbo mill makes its way to our neck of the woods.