In this model, the 2. DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter. We followed one such fawn for about a half-mile down delightfully twisting little Cachagua Road east of Carmel Valley in California. But there's more tire, more weight, and more torque than before. The standard equipment list is long, including a decent roster of entry luxury equipment and few other options. The stock handling is the best part of the car. The high-power system has excellent all-around sound; we kept turning up bassy music to feel the trunk-mounted subwoofer at work.
BodyTypeFilter selectedBodyTypeGroupIdList, bodyTypeGroupIdToNameMap, null ; bodyTypeFilter. It is powered by a new 2. Nissan estimates the Spec V will sprint to 60 mph in the high sixes. It's all a blur of motion. Just power your way out: The Spec V's helical limited-slip front diff will tuck the nose in and guide you through.
With good, progressive steering you can pour-instead of dump-the Spec V into and out of corners. The one we're more interested in-and the version we drove at Laguna Seca Raceway and throughout the Carmel Valley-is the top-performing Spec V. The interior is also distinguished by a leather-wrapped steering wheel, titanium-colored plastic trim, and titanium-colored gauge faces with orange numbers. The engine seems to build fervor up to about 5000 rpm, then the last thousand revs or so are meaty but not as spectacular. The shift quality has a certain plasticky feel. It balked at purposeful shifts from fourth to fifth, and from fifth to sixth, even when we were used to the gear spacing.
SeatingFilter selectedSeatingList, null ; seatingFilter. The package turns the plebeian Sentra into a much more robust performance machine, akin to the underappreciated Infiniti G20 and its twin, the European-market Nissan Primera. Every time we'd think of making our pass on this one-and-a-half-lane country road, the fawn would dive down to the inside of the turn. Yet the Spec V corners with minimal body roll, is stable in transitional maneuvers, and turns in with real conviction. The clutch is great, though'progressive yet firm'allowing for great control over your takeoffs and whether or not you want your passengers heads to jerk. There's only one reason why the Spec V might go to a tuner shop soon after purchase'the exhaust note. The large, four-wheel disc brakes provide powerful stopping power.
Imagine a Sentra with a 2. As with the manuals in the 2002 Maxima and Altima, the shifter requires a firm thrust of the lever to engage each gear. Either that, or the company just wanted to see how many letters and numbers would fit on the tail of a Sentra. It feels happiest in the low-to-mid rev range, but it's smooth and willing to rev. We noticed nearly 30 in mostly highway driving, including some vicarious spurts on a few mountainous stretches. It takes a lot of it.
There's plenty of room for aftermarket tuning in this setup. The little braveheart was clearly blocking us. On the other hand, though, it doesn't betray the Spec V's rather stealthy outside image. Please make sure to read the engine description below and in particular match the engine size with your vehicle's motor specifications. The Spec V gets rid of that, with no serious cost in ride comfort. We thought of passing, keeping the revs in the meat of the power curve for a squirt past.
These were great examples of how behind-the-wheel excitement was added to bland, bread-and-butter models. And the new one gets more horsepower and more doors than the original Sentra hot rod. Curiously, though, anti-lock brakes remain an option even on this performance-oriented model. And the 180 horses do this light four-door proud. When pushed hard, the Spec V understeers, but its rear end can be coaxed out of line with a little lift of the throttle.
Other distinguishing appearance features include attractive red-tinted radial sport gauges, tinted glass, an overhead console, and an attractive, carbon-look shifter knob on the inside; and a rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tips, and extended lower-body sills on the outside. To buy a particular engine, you may or call our sales canter at 1-866-612-9788 with the stock number. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557519490260 ; listingsSearchManager. TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. ColorFilter selectedColorList, 'exteriorColorFilter', 'exteriorColorName', 'Color', 'colors', null ; colorFilter. The limited slip, a real rarity in this class, allows the Spec V to absolutely rocket out of tight corners.
Clunky gearbox a drawback The six-speed gearbox cuts the fun a bit. It has no visible musculature, and certainly no sign of fat. Finally, with no encouragement from us, the fawn hopped off the right side of the road and down a wooded embankment. We will never process your order before verifying with you the engine information! It belies the strength of the engine and the fun of the car. The 170-horse version is available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, while the Spec V can be had only with a slick-shifting six-speed manual. Without the limited slip, the inside front tire would spin wildly or you'd have to restrain your right foot. The mechanical upgrades for the Spec V version are more compelling.
Equally progressive-feeling four-wheel disc brakes make the drive smooth. Most notable is the new 2. EngineFilter selectedEngineList, null ; engineFilter. With an bolder sedan, a five-door hatch, or a sport wagon body style of the Spec V, we have a feeling Nissan could better find the youth market. Kudos to the Nissan chassis engineers.