Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review | The Truth About Cars

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SE-R V Review

Anyone who’s watched a canard-laden, sooty-arsed V Skyline blast through a like a turbocharged gecko that the NISMO (Nissan boys are the fairy godfathers of speed. Yes, well, a street fighter out of Nissan’s Sentra compact is gonna some extra strength Speedy silk purse, sow’s ear, that of thing.

In short, I approached the SE-R Spec V with a dose of scepticism, cynicism and

Styling. My eyes! The goggles do Okay, the SE-R isn’t that bad. But despite the lipstick application, this is a car Kermit could love.

The new rims barely fill out the wells and the aero-kit fails to the lines low enough to disguise the roofline. And that’s on top of a car with headlights, Caddy-esque edges and hood strakes. Ew.

Yes, well, the original early-nineties SE-R was ugly as but hellish fun to drive. If the new Sentra as good as it looks bad, all is

Gripping the Sentra’s fat, steering wheel, enveloped by sport seats, strapped in a bright red seatbelt, confidence is A 350Z-style angled gauge pod the NISMO wikkidness, housing a acceleration/braking G-meter and an oil pressure owners of the consumption-prone previous-gen have been trained to on a minute-by-minute basis.

Other than that, a Sentra. The dash is too high, peeking out between the dials the shifter’s in the wrong place, the aren’t as nice as baby Versa, the C-pillars create blind spots, and the side are too small and don’t fold.

On the hand, it’s a Sentra. loads of goodies (Rockford et al), the cabin is airy and the rear seats are large and tall doors provide ingress/egress and it’s got a huge Practicality, thy name is Sentra.

the Spec-V’s chassis-stiffening rear eliminates the folding rear a functionality-reducing manoeuvre best to baggy-trousered “tunerz”.

NISMO’s breath upon the 2.5-liter engine hath compression with special and some tasty trick (e.g. a cast-resin manifold). The lump boasts a higher (6800 rpm) and more (200hp). The Sentra’s modified stumps up 180 lb/ft of torque.

the twist now arrives higher up in the rev that’s the same grunt as the gen SE-R.

So, finally, I fired up the devil and watched the tach and needles perform a full of their ranges, STI-style. Dude! The new Spec V leaps off the with only the briefest of indicating that Nissan’s affair with torque-tainted could finally be on the wane.

Of course, “leaps” is a fairly verb here, as those 200 have a whole lot of chuckwagon to

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Despite 3100lbs. of not so curvaceous weight and reduced low-end the Sentra pulls a respectable 0 to time of around six-and-a-half That’s good enough to a Honda Civic Si Sedan, but forced induction rides the GTI and Mazdaspeed3 to huff and puff and your house down.

straight-line domination off the table, the Sentra’s helical limited-slip close-ratio six-speed gearbox, anti-roll bars and stiffened will let you can catch ‘em in the Lest we forget, Nissan’s makes much of rabid honing the Sentra SE-R’s through repeated hot laps of the Nurburgring.

Green Hell no. Push the Sentra SE-R Spec V seven-tenths in the twisties and its top-heavy start showing. Over the of not-that-sticky performance radials, you can hear Sabine Schmitz “I ken doo thet time in a Ven

Take the SE-R off the track and surprisingly settled over roads; it’s a bit roly-poly, but enough to do some damage. the engine note is about as as a jack hammer. Luckily, the tach is happy enough to the redline and the brakes are phenomenal. a line, I felt my facial spasm. Trichinosis?

Nope, a hoonish grin.

I was expecting the Sentra SE-R V to be a sort of Heffalump GT-R: power thrown at a chassis unsuited to sporting aspirations. The Sentra SE-R Spec V out to be a viable alternative to Honda’s hot that provides a stronger (if engine, a capable (if less drive and liveable mileage

More importantly, at around the Spec V’s a bargain for enthusiasts looking for a box-fresh, warranteed, practical and fun daily But unlike Ye Olde B13-chassis SE-R, serious racers not#8211; indeed should apply.

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