Nissan Sentra, Juke Nismo editions herald hotter small cars
Nissan knows it has a good thing in its in-house motorsports division, Nismo (which stands for NIS-san MO-torsports), the same outfit that brought us such savory delights as the sportified Juke Nismo, 370Z Nismo, the obscenely fast GT-R Nismo. But it seems that at least two more Nismo street cars are on the way: the more powerful Juke Nismo RS, shown in full production dress, and the Sentra Nismo, which Nissan is calling a “Performance Study” but is more or less a shoe-in for production next year.
2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS
Due to hit Nissan showrooms this winter, the 2014 Juke Nismo RS looks more or less identical to the standard Juke Nismo, but gets a boost in output of its turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine from 197 hp to 215 hp (at 6,000 rpm) and from 184 lb-ft of torque to 210 lb-ft (at 3,600 – 4,800 rpm) for the 6-speed manual transmission model, which comes front-wheel drive and a limited slip differential to help manage torque steer. CVT-equipped models are somewhat less potent, with 211 hp (at 6,000 rpm) and just 184 lb-ft of torque (at 2,400 – 6,000 rpm), though, like lesser Juke Nismos, the CVT model comes standard with all-wheel drive.
Other Nismo RS niceties include Recaro racing seats, an even sportier suspension, additional body stiffening, vented rear brake rotors, and slightly modified steering tuning. Nissan didn’t get specific about pricing, except to say that it will remain affordably priced. At least compared to the next-up the line Juke, the $600,000+, 580-hp Juke R.
2014 Nissan Sentra Nismo Concept