For 2004, the sport-inspired Sentra SE-R receives several body enhancements, including a new front and rear fascia, new headlamp shapes, restyled hood and two new exterior colors. The 2004 Sentra SE-R also upgrades its interior with a standard trip computer and a new charcoal fabric exclusive to SE-R models. A new Spec V Brake Package is offered in 2004.
Originally produced from 1991 to 1994, the Sentra SE-R immediately gained recognition with the automotive media becoming Car and Driver “10 Best” winner four times and an Automobile “All-Star” twice. It also became a favorite among autocrossers and grassroots racers and developed a large enthusiast base with numerous nationwide clubs, magazine project vehicles and motorsports activities. Sentra SE-R was discontinued after the 1994 model year, but was brought back in 2002, much to the delight of enthusiasts across the nation.
“The Sentra SE-R is a legendary vehicle, designed for action and performance,” said Mark McNabb, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North. “The 2004 model stays true to its big performance in a small package roots, with stronger credentials than ever with available Brembo brakes and enhanced exterior styling.”
The SE-R was designed to give a feeling of a mini-Nissan Skyline sports sedan. Building upon the style set by the fifth generation Sentra 4-door sedan at its introduction, the 2004 SE-R receives several body refinements to help emphasize its sporty personality. Most prominent of these refinements is a new front and rear fascia style with a fresh, distinctive hood design. The Sentra SE-R also receives a restyled headlamp shape and rear combination lamps. The flush-mounted, one-piece “multi-parabola” halogen headlamps and the body-color side moldings and bumpers all add to the sport-styled exterior.
Adding the final touches, a rear spoiler and large chrome exhaust tips provide even more flair to the new Sentra SE-R, along with two dynamic new exterior colors - Volcanic Orange and Sapphire Blue.
SE-R Adds New Interior Features
Continuing the tradition of sport-inspired interior design, SE-R provides an interior environment designed for the racer-at-heart. Its ergonomic interior styling combines a modern appearance with sport-styled seats, steering wheel and gearshift knob.
For 2004, SE-R adds a charcoal fabric (exclusive to the SE-R models), a standard trip computer and enhanced Rockford Fosgate®-powered audio system with improved sound quality.
The SE-R Spec V features a special interior with black and silver accents, which is accompanied by Skyline-style sport bucket seats (SE-R Spec V). The 2004 Sentra SE-R continues to offer power windows and door locks, conveniently placed cup holders and a substantial amount of storage capacity and storage pockets, including a stylish center-console with lid and a large glove box.
The large, race-style front bucket seats feature an 8-way adjustable driver seat and 4-way adjustable passenger seat to suit occupants’ needs. The seat design provides an open feeling through use of a large, one-piece cut pattern around the shoulder area and the raised hip point aids in easier entry and exit.
Powering the Sentra SE-R is a 16-valve 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine producing 175 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 180 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm in the SE-R Spec V model and 165 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 175 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm in the SE-R. SE-R Spec V gains 10 horsepower and five lb-ft torque over the standard SE-R with the use of a specially tuned exhaust system.
The Sentra SE-R engine utilizes technology developed for the award-winning VQ-series engines found in the Maxima and Altima sedans, including a modular engine design, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons, micro-finished crank journals and cam lobes, electronically controlled throttle and continuously variable valve timing.
To combat vibrations inherent in large 4-cylinder engines, the SE-R’s QR25 engine features a silent chain drive and compact balancer system that effectively negates vibrations without taking up too much space – a problem with previous balancer designs.
Available SE-R transmissions include a responsive, close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission (SE-R Spec V) or a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with overdrive (standard on SE-R).
A helical limited-slip differential is standard on the 6-speed equipped SE-R Spec V. This mechanical differential is torque sensitive and provides instantaneous locking for increased traction and performance.
SE-R Braking and Suspension
Sentra SE-R’s suspension has been tuned to provide a maximum amount of performance and ride comfort. There are two levels of suspension tuning available, corresponding with model choices – the standard SE-R and the ultimate, track-oriented SE-R Spec V. All SE-Rs feature front independent MacPherson struts and Nissan’s patented rear Multi-Link Beam™design.
SE-R features performance-tuned shock absorbers, a front strut tower brace for additional stiffness and suspension feel and 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/55R16 tires.
SE-R Spec V builds upon the SE-R’s handling capabilities. Front spring rates increase 15 percent (over SE-R) and the rear spring rate increases 16 percent. High-performance 215/45ZR17 tires on special 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels complete the package and give Sentra an aggressive, sport-compact look.
Braking is provided by large 4-wheel disc brakes – the fronts measure a full 11 inches, larger than many so-called sporting machines. A 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is also available.
A high-performance Spec V Brake Package, new for 2004, is offered on the SE-R Spec V model. The exclusive package includes gold-painted Brembo 4-piston front calipers, 12-inch Brembo vented front discs and 10.9-inch rear discs.
SE-R Safety and Security
The 2004 Sentra SE-R’s standard safety equipment includes driver and front-passenger supplemental air bags, 3-point seat belts in all seating positions, front seat belts with adjustable upper anchors, pretensioners and load limiters. Front-seat side-impact supplemental air bags and Vehicle Security System with Immobilizer are also available.
Passive safety features include an energy-absorbing steering column, front and rear crumple zones and body side reinforcements.
SE-R also features an emergency inside trunk-release, child safety rear door locks, and the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system.
SE-R Packages and Options
Sentra SE-R comes well equipped with several available options, including ABS brake system and front-seat side-impact supplemental air bags. Packages for the SE-R include the Audio Fanatic Package, featuring the 300-watt Rockford Fosgate-powered audio system, partial fold-down rear seat and Vehicle Security System and Immobilizer; and Power Sunroof, with dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors and sunroof.
Sentra SE-R Spec V models available with the exclusive Spec V Brake Package, as well as the Audio Fanatic Package, Sunroof Package and the front-seat side-impact supplemental air bags/ABS combination.