Nissan Sports Cars: Silvia, 240SX, 350Z

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Nissan has a good reputation in the segment of sports cars. Anyone familiar with auto world knows about Z series as well as SX and GT-R. The history of interesting machinery by this carmaker is rather long.

Nissan Silvia

The model based on S platform is one of the longest-running lines by Nissan. This car has always held competition against Honda Prelude, Toyota Celica and Mitsubishi Eclipse. Silvia had two periods of production: 1964-968 and 1974-2002.


The story of this model began from Nissan Silvia CSP 311 at Tokyo Motor Show. This hand-built coupe ran on 1.6 litre engine with the output of 96 horsepower. The car was priced owing to hand construction method. Mass production era started from S10 model based on absolutely new S platform. The vehicle offered 1.8 litre engine of inline 4 type. The last production officially was S12. Depending on region and release year the vehicle had a number of different engines. Well-known revisions of Silvia are Mark I and Mark II.
Release of 2017 Nissan Silvia is in consideration.

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Nissan 240SX

This line debuted in North America in 1988. The majority of models had 2.4 litre engine of inline 4 type. There were two generations produced from 1989 to 1995 and from 1995 to 1999. Both generations were based on S platform.

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The first generation was released as rear-drive S13, hatchback and coupe types. Its main distinction from Silvia was unique bodywork. The popularity gained was connected with low price of the auto as well as its short wheelbase. 240SX of this generation was updated in 1991 with aluminum wheels of better braking properties. With sharp handling and light weight this model was a hit.
S14 was the second generation. Its wheelbase was 2 inches longer while the car itself was 80 pounds heavier. The car had better safety features such as dual air bags.
2017 Nissan 240SX being released is under question.

Nissan 350Z

Another name for this auto is Fairlady. It has been produced from 2002 to 2009. The model was introduced as coupe and roadster came later on. The purpose of the vehicle was to keep Z series alive.


It all began from 240Z Concept being unveiled in 1999. Released version had 2.4 litre engine with four cylinders. The reaction to this model was favourable and created basis for 350Z successful debut. 350Z itself was rear-drive with two doors. It had long hood typical to Z family and interior with striking aluminum accents.
The vehicle received a number of editions produced by NISMO which is a division of Nissan. The most famous ones are Nismo R-Tune, S-Tune GT and 380RS. They were focused mainly on more powerful engines and more stylish exteriors.
2017 Nissan 350Z is likely to appear as the new edition of the current 370Z.

Future of Nissan Sports Cars

Taking into account high demand for the models mentioned the likelihood of their return is high. Thus, many rumors already predict that 2017 Nissan Silvia will come back as RWD basing on Nissan IDx concept. This model is said to have features from Nissan Sports Sedan concept too. In the meantime 2017 Nissan 350Z is rumored to become lighter with sharper handling. There is also possibility of 2017 Nissan 240SX coming back but carmakers are still silent on this aspect.

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