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Nissan & Honda’s Sport Compact Revival

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During the 1990s heyday of Japanese sport compact cars in The United States, the Nissan Sentra SE-R and also the Honda Social Si were two of the largest models around. Their performance away from the box and endless tunability built them into real winners, and today history might be going to repeat itself

Now in the LA Auto Show, new versions of both cars were unveiled, each model turbocharged and reimagined for modern times.

We begin with Nissan. The brand new vehicle is not known as the SE-R, however the 2017 Sentra Nismo could basically be seen as an contemporary interpretation from it.

Underneath the hood sits a turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder which makes 188 horsepower and 197lb-foot of torque. This is actually the same motor that forces the lately introduced Sentra SR Turbo.

What sets the Nismo model in addition to the more pedestrian SR Turbo is really a retuned suspension and steering system, wider and stickier tires, not to mention more aggressive bodywork.

Plus a set of well-bolstered bucket seats, there’s an Alcantara/leather wrapped controls including a center position marker, and carbon fibre-style trim details. The conventional transmission choice is a 6-speed manual, however a CVT can also be available.

It’s unclear if the vehicle would really function as the second introduction of the initial Sentra SE-R – with no, it doesn’t compensate for Nissan abandoning the IDx Concept – but it’s certainly one step within the right direction. Here’s wishing there’s more enthusiast-oriented Nissan models soon.

Honda meanwhile used the LA show to unveil its new Social Si Prototype. Just like the majority of Honda’s prototypes, that one looks production ready.

Although some had speculated the Si could be operated by a detuned form of 2.-liter turbo in the new Social Type R, it’s now obvious this model uses a jumped-up variant from the 1.5-liter turbo that debuted within the tenth generation Social this past year.

Because it’s still formally a prototype, Honda hasn’t announced the ultimate power figures for that new vehicle, but it’s been guaranteed that it’ll function as the fastest and many effective Social Si yet. I’d guess it’ll finish up around 215 horsepower having a similar quantity of torque.

As previously, the only real transmission option for the Si is a 6-speed manual, but on top of that, a restricted slip differential is going to be standard.

Regardless of your ideas around the new Si or even the Nismo Sentra , it’s great to determine Japanese brands once more concentrating on fun cars that do not break your budget.

I can’t wait to determine the inevitable comparison tests between both of these.

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