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A big-name Nissan Silvia is coming back in a totally futuristic design. This sports coupe has been a household name since 1965. Irrespective of the fact that official production was phased in 2002, the manufacturer decided to revive the model to provide all enthusiasts with an opportunity to drive a speed monster. What did this car look like and what to expect from the prototype? Let’s find it out from Nissan Silvia review.
Nissan Silvia S15 Summary
In 1999 Japanese designers introduced the final version of Silvia with the S15 add-on (aka 200SX in Australia & New Zealand). The model, based on Nissan S platform, was available in two body types: a 2-door convertible and a 2-door coupe. It featured 2525 mm wheelbase, 4445x1285x1695 mm dimensions (l/h/w). Likewise, the customers could choose between a pair of 2.0-liter engines & three different transmissions (5-/6-speed manual, 4-speed automatic). The first motor delivered 165 horsepower, whilst the second one boasted a turbocharger upgrade which yielded 250 horsepower.
Nissan Silvia of the last generation was offered in two trims: Spec-S & Spec-R. The first modification came standard with a 5-speed manual gearbox and an open differential. Autech car designer developed a couple of add-on packages to the vehicle; the Style-A featured Ferrari 456-like interior, whereas the second option used an overclocked up to 200 hp powertrain, a 6-speed manual transmission and upgraded hardware components.
The Spec-R employed a 6-speed manual gearbox (Aisin AI) with a limited slip differential as standard equipment. The chassis was enforced by a stiffer suspension combined with large antiroll bars & strut bracing.
There is no escaping the fact that Nissan designed one more version of the Silvia, entitled the Varietta. The vehicle was based on Spec-S modification, featuring either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission & a naturally aspirated engine.
2016 Silvia Future Outlook
The much talked about 2016 concept S16 is still hiding under the guesswork. The coupe is going to focus a lot on the exterior design. According to the teaser photos, the body will have an eye-catching look with seamless construction. An elongated hood seems to grow into the top that segues into the tail. Internal layout is estimated for 5 passengers; it is assumed that standard equipment will have Bluetooth and navigation as well as a range of other devices of vital necessity.
In the context of Nissan Silvia review powertrain options, it has to be said that the coupe is supposed to come with a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that generates 200 hp & 217 lb-ft of torque. Potentially, the car might be furnished with a 1.8-liter unit, producing 156 hp & 180 lb-ft of torque. Both solutions are thought to transfer power to the rear wheels (4-wheel drivetrain can be an option).
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