• May 5, 2008
According to company insiders with whom we've spoken, Nissan has been working on its own compact, rear-wheel-drive vehicle for over three years, and the announcement from Toyota and Subaru about their own RWD coupe has caused Nissan to ramp-up development.

Details on the new vehicle are still scarce, but BestCar is reporting that Nissan is planning to utilize a shortened version of the Z's FM platform powered by either a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter or possibly a 1.6- or 1.8-liter turbocharged four. According to the Japanese pub, the successor to the S15 Silvia will be approximately 4,350 mm long, 1,750 mm wide and share the same wheelbase as the Z. Like the Subaru/Toyota vehicle, Nissan is attempting to keep the curb weight low, along with the price.

While the NA 2.0-liter is one possible form of motivation, Nissan is supposedly working on a new, direct-injection four-cylinder that could make use of Nissan's Variable Compression Ratio (VCR) system. Partnered with a small, efficient turbo, power could range from 140 to 215 hp, returning the fuel-economy of a smaller NA mill.

The Subaru/Toyota coupe is expected to debut in 2011, but Nissan wants to beat its competitor's offering to market, so expect the return of the Silvia to bow in late 2010.

[Source: BestCar via 7tune.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Alright, I used to have an S14 Silvia and the S15 is one of my favorite looking cars of all time...so they hold a special place in my heart. That being said...unless the new Z-car is a full second faster to sixty than the current model, it would be hard to produce a Silvia fast enough to sell competitively with the likes of the Kappa twins and the miata without encroaching on the Z's sales. So, if this car comes to production, I doubt we'll be seeing it on this side of the pacific. Laaaame.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Welcome back Silvia, the drifting world has missed you!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring back the 240sx se. People still love the car and I personally owned one.
      As far as Toyota/Subaru, the Subbie should be AWD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The s15 silvia was awesome. I can't wait to see this new one
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nissan is finally starting to make some cars worth looking at. I miss the old Z styling of the 240.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey, I kinda hope they do a modern retro styling on it.
        I htink the best lookin cars on the road are usually older cars or have retro styling...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ditto. If this new coupe is anything as good as the old Silvia was, I'm definitely getting one... as long as it has a stout turbo 4.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now this is what I am talking about. it's about damn time for the automotive companies to inject something exciting into the market besides Hyundai.

      This would be the perfect car IMO for people like me who prefer turbo charged RWD coupes over the current 4 door pocket rocket cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It will be interesting to see if the Chevy Camaro competes with these with the rumored turbo 4.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's about time. We need a reasonably sized, lightweight RWD couple with a 5 or 6-speed manual, with all the technocrapology cut out like the cancer it is except for nonintrusive safety features like ABS and airbags. Also, a sedan version, please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If anything, the Z would compete with the turbo kappas, as 2-seat sports cars.

      and this S15 resurrection would be an alternate to the Altima FWD coupe, and the Toyubaru coupe, and Genesis Coupe, all with 2+2 seating.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's also one other manufacturer rumored to be producing a rwd car around the same price/performance as the Toyubaru coupe and upcoming Nissan car. It's going to be a very competitive market and a very good time to be a car enthusiast. At least, I know I'm excited.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Genesis coupe is most certainly NOT a 2 seater. It is a 2+2, it has two rear seats, which is why it has the dorky drooping quarter windows, for rear passenger visibility, according to Hyundai.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bring back the Starion!
        • 6 Years Ago
        genisis coupe is 2 seater.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the front is a Mercedes SLK copy
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think that's just a BestCar magazine speculative rendering. At least it was the last time I've read about this item.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks V8 to me...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chrysler : WAKE UP! Here is your Dodge Demon platform. Leave the Chery chassis for chinese consumption.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cheer this man!

        Nissan can have Dodge-made pickups and Dodge can have Nissan-made RWD entry level sports cars!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with you MemphisNew :-) that'll be a good opportunity for Chrysler to use this upcoming Nissan RWD platform.

        I wonder if this future RWD platform might also be modified to built some compact RWD sedans? (who are less costly to buy then a BMW 1 or 3-series, creating a sort of "poor's man BMW") Some folks who wants a small RWD car but with more practical attributes, so they can have their cake and eating it too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OMG. My pants are sticky.
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