A Look at the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo

 

After what was a fairly healthy refresh just last year, it's only to be expected that the 2017 Nissan Sentra follows very closely along the same lines as the 2016 model you can see in the showroom of Route 33 Nissan right now. However, there is one exception, or rather addition to what we saw last year, and that's the introduction of a new performance variant in the shape of the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo model.

Before we go any further though, don’t get confused by the launch of this SR Turbo model and the expected introduction of a more serious performance NISMO variant. Yes, this new Sentra trim level has more power than its siblings and there have been some notable suspension tweaks to aid and abet the handling. But the SR Turbo doesn't go as far as we know the company is planning to go down the performance route with the Sentra, although it's still a pretty great car all the same.

For a start, the engine Nissan has decided to use is simply superb for its size. It may not be a roaring V-6 or a burbling V-8, but dropping the 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder from the Juke crossover into the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo has turned out to be an inspired move. This impressive four-pot develops 188 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque, which is a full 58 horsepower and 49 lb.-ft. more than the 1.8-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder delivers in the standard SR you can already see with us here at Route 33 Nissan.

Those numbers may well be impressive on the face of things, but just as with the Juke, the facts and figures only tell part of the story and the only way to get a true understanding of how this unit performs is to get behind the wheel and drive it. This free-revving power plant makes all the right noises at the same time as delivering healthy levels of low and mid-range torque, with its peak torque being available from 1,600 to 5,200 rpm. To be honest, this is the first genuinely zippy Sentra since the old SE-Rs of the 1990s that were equipped with the SR20DE.

Unlike some performance models on the market where the manufacturer assumes buyers want the kind of pure driving experience you only really get from a manual transmission, there a choice here in the Nissan. Yes, the standard box is a six-speed manual, but there's also the option of Nissan’s next-generation Xtronic CVT, which guarantees the car is always in the right gear, increases fuel efficiency, and provides smooth acceleration and a seamless shifting experience.

Just like the SE-R models of years gone by, the SR Turbo’s upgrades are pretty subtle on the outside but considerable under the skin. Compared to the standard SR trim level it's based upon, the Turbo benefits from larger front brakes, a reinforced cowl, 10 percent stiffer front springs, and damping that is firmer by as much as 23 percent at the front and 50 percent at the rear. The SR Turbo also features some enhancements to its electrically assisted power steering to give a better feel on the highway, while both transmissions have been tweaked for the Turbo compared to the units found in the rest of the 2017 Nissan Sentra lineup.

For more details on the SR Turbo or anything of our other great vehicles and offers, check out the Route 33 Nissan website, give us a call, or drop in to see us anytime.
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