• Dec 27, 2007
Japan's Best Car supposedly has yet another scoop on the Nissan Silvia revival, and while the image gracing the mag's cover is little more than a photoshopped pipedream, the information presented within deserves note.
According to one of the publication's editors, a source at Nissan has suggested that the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe could benefit from the Nissan/Renault alliance and fitted with a 2.0-liter engine lifted from the French automaker. Speculation is that the 225 hp turbocharged four-pot powering the Renault Megane Sport could be mounted up front, sending power to the rear wheels on a modified Z platform. Not only would that keep production costs low, but the motor could be shoved far back into the firewall, making it a competent corner carver in the process.

Best Car expects the S16 Silvia to be priced between $18,000 and $21,000 if and when it goes on sale in 2010.

[Source: GT Channel]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      RWD, 225hp at $21k? Sounds great to me so far.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well then I'm sure you would love to purchase a 230ish hp Ford Mustang v-6 for 20k or an upcoming 265 hp Camaro v-6 for about 21k.
        • 7 Years Ago
        nah...i don't wanna mustang or a camaro. thanks though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it even comming to U.S? Dose it drift cause one most I like about silvias is rear wheel drivetrain in cheap price, even though that s16 dosent look good as S15 and looks heavier.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks cool unfortunately it doesn't scream "Silvia" to me
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've been screaming at Nissan to revive the Silvia for years. If it looks good, gets turbocharged power and rwd... and costs $20k-ish, I'll be first in line to buy one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If this is true, how will be the Altima coupe survive? I'd choose this car any day over an Altima that costs thousands more...
        • 7 Years Ago
        the altima coupe is a different type of car

        it's a car meant for the kind of people who like the altima sedan, but don't need/want the 4 doors and prefer the styling of a coupe. It competes with the solara and accord coupe.

        the silvia on the other hand is quite a bit different. Instead of focusing on features and amenities like the altima, the silvia is more performance oriented.

        If they introduce the s16 to American and Canadian markets, altima sales wouldn't see much of a drop. If anything, it would compete with the civic si/gti/ms3 type cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Because there is no indication that the Silvia Coupe will be sold in the US.
        • 7 Years Ago
        well, if that's the case, then I don't think Nissan will come up with an SE-R version of the Altima unless they do it in sedan form or that they intruduce the SE-R soon and discontinue it by the time they release the new Silvia...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who would refuse to buy a Japanese car that had a French engine, or are there others out there as well? As much as I love the French, I trust the Japanese a little bit more when it comes to the moving bits.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They already have the Altima Coupe, the 350Z, the GT-R and the G37 Coupe. Does Nissan really need another sports coupe? Maybe they should focus on improving those interiors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Come on - admit it. Whoever wrote this was dying to use the words "Renault" and "alliance" next to each other in the same sentence. Thanks for the flashback to that horrible car. :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        The 180SX and Silvia were great cars. I was talking about the hideous Renault Alliance sold in the US - that's why I was joking about using the words Renault and Alliance together in a sentence.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What horrible car the 180SX and silvia wore great cars. Lightweigt and fast what do you want more.
      Andrew
      • 7 Years Ago
      That magazine's title is literally "Besto Kaa"

      Kinda funny.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love Best Car... not for their accuracy, but for the fact that their editors let wild-eye car enthusiast writers get away with printing purely fabricated garbage like this... this magazine has been predicting the return of the Silvia and the return of the Corolla coupe (both in generic FWD form and AE86-like compact RWD) for years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh god, what have they done with the styling. The Silvia from S13 to S15 have been some of the best and cleanest looking sports coupes, while that just looks like an uglified SLK.
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks like the slk from the post right after this one
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