In 1991, Nissan introduced a concept that proved impressively radical for its day – a factory performance sedan with a highly affordable price. The original Sentra SE-R had a relatively short run, just three models years. Yet the idea of a small performance vehicle remained strong within Nissan and the Sentra SE-R returned in 2002 to the delight of driving enthusiasts across the nation. For 2005, the Sentra SE-R receives additional enhancements to its already high level of standard equipment – and it is joined in the Nissan lineup by an all-new, first-ever Altima SE-R model (complete information available separately), keeping the SE-R nameplate strong and its performance reputation firmly intact.
“The SE-R has remained popular because it packages spectacular performance with an affordable sticker,” said Mark McNabb, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America. “The 2005 Sentra SE-R does not deviate from that ideal.”
The major enhancements to the Sentra SE-R include upgraded seat fabrics, a new meter cluster housing color, three new available exterior colors and a new manual transmission shift knob for the SE-R Spec V.
SE-R Style Inside and Out
Building upon the style set by the fifth generation Sentra 4-door sedan at its introduction, the 2005 SE-R continues to emphasize that sporty personality. Most prominent of these features is a front and rear fascia style with a fresh, distinctive hood design. 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 Sentra SE-R, along with dynamic new exterior colors – Code Red, Blue Dusk and Brilliant Aluminum.
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.
The SE-R Spec V features a special interior with black and silver accents, which is accompanied by Nissan Skyline-style sport bucket seats (SE-R Spec V). The 2005 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. The SE-R Spec V gains its 10 horsepower and five lb-ft torque advantage over the standard SE-R through additional tuning.
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 (standard on 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 help 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 195/55HR16 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 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 2005 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 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 Package, with dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors and sunroof.
Sentra SE-R Spec V is 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.