• Nov 26, 2007
Last December we reported that Nissan was seriously considering a rear-wheel-drive replacement for the much missed 240SX, a.k.a. the Silvia in Japan. Rumors have continued to surface since then of Nissan's plans, with Winding Road even posting spy shots of a mule this past summer that may have been such a car undergoing testing. Another blog by the name of Rocket Punch Auto Blog claims to know that a new Silvia has gotten the green light and will arrive by 2010 with a price point between ¥2,000,000 and 2,500,000 ($18,435 and 23,044 USD). These renderings (click here to view rear shot) show what a new 240SX and Silvia might look like when it debuts on a modified version of the 350Z's platform. Regardless of how the car looks, the prospect of a new reasonably-priced rear-wheel-drive offering from any automaker is exciting news to us. We await the day in the near future when Nissan's 240SX/Silvia descendant shares a stoplight with a new incarnation of Toyota's famous AE86, which is also rumored to be in development. Throw in a Pontiac Solstice Coupe for good measure and we have ourselves a new bang-for-the-buck performance segment.

[Source: Rocket Punch Auto Blog via Motor Authority]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      oh and i see some nissan z in there too
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would love to see the silvia come back, but it's always been low and slender, the car above (given it's just a speculation) is too high and looks too much like the Z, something the 240 tried not to do. In my opinion I'd love to see a very S15 looking new Silvia, heck, the S15 is gorgeous, just bring it back! SR20DET powa!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can see this in Japan and other markets besides the U.S. I'm more interested in what is in store for the next Z.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sweet! Let's just hope they tweak that design..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, my mistake.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If Nissan does bring the Silvia back, They'd better put a good motor in the US version. They screwed themselves out of the marketplace with the 240SX, putting the truck motor in it. Now they're watching Subaru and Mitsubishi laugh all the way to the bank with turbo power. If it's really supposed to be a Silvia replacement, and not cannibalize Z car sales, I'd say an updated version of the SR20... maybe with more displacement and a variable vane turbo... would fit the bill nicely.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Given drifting was 3 years ago, I'm not sure Nissan is very on the ball here.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If this car is a great autocrosser, they missed their market (IMHO). They already have an expensive, fast RWD car, they need a lower-end one.

        Drifting itself may be doing well (I disagree, but whatever), but the amount of hangers-on is down, and you can't make money only selling the car to actual drifters, you have to sell it to a lot of wannabees too. And I think that boat sailed already.

        It'd be interesting if it becomes a 240sx (or even 250sx, presumably using the 2.5 in the Altima), with the way Nissan works lately, it'd more likely have a 4.0L VQ in it, making 14mpg.
        • 7 Years Ago
        so the only reason for a 240sx is drifting? Ever heard of auto cross or time attack? and anyway, the drifting scene is just as strong as it was a couple of years ago. I think this car will sell like, well, something that sells well, Furbies! there we go, it'll sell like Furbies did when they came out! haha
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a old photo shop bestcar has a new one that look much better.
      http://car.biglobe.ne.jp/bestcar/index.html
        • 7 Years Ago
        that's a mercedes slk photoshopped with a nissan altima! i hope it doesn't look like that
      • 7 Years Ago
      A. There is no RWD Tibi, the Genisis Coupe is a different car.
      B. I thought the 240 evolved into the 300, and we already have it's replacement. The 350z.
        • 7 Years Ago
        you're thinking of the 240Z(Fairlady Z), not the 240sx(silvia), different cars
        • 7 Years Ago
        If all these promised new fun RWD cars come in under $30k I'm all for them. That will be the end of the Civic Si though :) Might as well get one kick at the can before gas gets too expensive to waste on anything other than getting to work to earn money to buy more gas...
        • 7 Years Ago
        The 300ZX and 350Z have noting to do with the silvia. the silvia is a smaller model and it was made from 1965-2002.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ugly
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 240sx is missed? I had one and hated it. Resold it after a few months. I thought it was really uncomfortable and had as rough a ride as a more serious sports car without the sexiness or performance. I replaced it with a 300ZX.
      • 7 Years Ago
      there is no chance the Silvia will make it to production let alone be sold in the US. that car never had the sales numbers to keep it afloat nor the history of the Z or the fame on the Skyline. Silvia is still in their shadows. The silvia wont see light unless they make into a roadster/coupe something to compete with the Mazda MX-5 "Miata" and the rest of the norm in that category..

        • 7 Years Ago
        You realy don't know how popular the silvia was in Japan it sold more than the Z.
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