At the Miami Auto Show, Nissan today unveiled a more powerful version of their Sentra for 2017, the new SR Turbo. It’s not only got more power, but you can get it with a manual transmission.
For those who have missed the days of the purist Nissan Sentra SE-R, the new 2017 SR Turbo goes a long way to reaching the heart of the enthusiast driver with a number of upgrades inside and out to go along with its more powerful engine.
That engine is a 1.6 liter direct injected turbocharged four with 188 horsepower at 5,600 rpm. Torque comes on between 1,600 and 5,200 rpm maxing out at 177 pound-feet. An air-to-air intercooler, variable valve timing for both intake and exhaust cams as well as cooled EGR are among main technical need to knows.
The best part of it all, is that you can have it with a close six-speed manual in addition to the Xtronic CVT, a welcome piece of news for those who can’t stand the rubber band feel of the continuously variable transmission all over Sentras get.
The suspension gets upgraded to back up the extra power with stiffer springs and shocks to better plant its 17-inch wheels and tires. I am surprised a bit that a larger rolling stock upgrade wasn’t added, though a point and click at TireRack can fix that.
Brakes are bigger with 11.7-inch rotors at the front, 11.5-inches at the rear. The stability control got retuned to better fight understeer and steering was beefed up with a revised tune to the electric power steering rack which also gets a larger motor and stiffer mounting.
Exterior upgrades? Not so much. What you see is essentially the same look and trim as you will find on the non-Turbo SR. These adds do include LED headlights, unique rocker trims, and a rear spoiler and those 17-inch wheels. The rear fascia still features only frames a single exhaust outlet.
The cabin does benefit from a few upgrades including a standard power sunroof. A redesigned center console also now has nearly twice the storage capacity says Nissan.
Interior trim starts with an upgraded cloth for its heated sport seats, the upper level 5.0-inch display in the instrument cluster with customizable information sets, push button start and fully features touch-screen infotainment system.
You can also add a premium package that brings leather to those sport seats, a premium Bose audio system, and a full suite of driver assistance features like blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert to go along with its rear-view camera system. An upgraded Navigation system is also available.
The new 2017 Nissan Sentra SR-Turbo arrives later this fall with pricing reportedly starting under $22,000 with the manual transmission. We’ll bring you a far more detailed review as soon as we get the opportunity behind the wheel.