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This sounds very exciting! It looks like the B15 platform will be going out with a bang:
2005 Nismo SE-R
Awesome!In concert with the release of the newly announced 2005 Altima SE-R, Nissan will soon be previewing a limited production Nismo version of its pocket tuner Sentra SE-R. Aimed at young enthusiasts, it will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show (public viewing April 9-18, 2004)
"The SE-R badge has come to represent fast, affordable and fun to Nissan performance enthusiasts," said Mark McNabb, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "With the import scene as vibrant as it is today, we feel we need to step up our performance with the popular Sentra SE-R."
The Nismo Sentra SE-R Spec-R, its full moniker, will feature a host of performance upgrades over the regular 175hp Spec-V. In place of the gutsy 2.5L "QR25DE" engine is the smaller, but more potent 2.0L "SR20VE" engine loved by enthusiasts. Tuned by Nismo, Nissan's in-house performance division, the Spec-R will produce 215hp from a variable valve lift technology similar to the Honda's VTEC engines. The power will be routed through a six-speed gearbox and mechanical limited slip differential. Nismo dampers and springs promise to give the car a lower stance and improve handling even more over the Spec-V.
1,500 lucky buyers will set themselves apart from regular Sentra owners with a unique front fascia, graphite-colored Nismo wheels, and a subtle Nismo badge on the trunk lid. Pricing has not yet been announced, but Nissan already offers some of the Spec-R's racing parts through its Nismo parts catalog for SE-R drivers wanting to get a jump on the competition.
"The Nismo SE-R Spec-R invokes such cars as the powerful Skyline GT-R," said McNabb. "The latest generation of car buyers is familiar with the potential of Nissan performance cars through video games, and they want more. We think high-revving buyers will be very pleased with our product."
2005 Nismo SE-R