Not to be outdone or left behind by a horde of big-power compacts hitting the market, Nissan has given its in-house tuner division, Nismo, the green light to create a performance version of the Sentra sedan. Previously a prototype Sentra was shown at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, saddled with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. It was rated at 240 horsepower, which is 110 horses more than the Sentra’s non-turbo 1.8. However, given the competition’s 300-plus-horsepower turbos, Nismo will have to up the ante to keep up with the pack.

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The Sentra Nismo looks great, but The Sleuth thinks it will take more than 240 horsepower to entice potential buyers. (PHOTO: NISSAN)

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