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Nissan's plans to revive the 240SX (Silvia in JDM parlance) has almost become a running joke, right up there with the fake moon landing and Tom Cruise's heterosexuality. But still, this old chestnut carries forth, with a new report from Insideline's editor in Japan who says the coupe's revival is due to hit the market sometime in 2011 or 2012.

Details, per usual, are both scarce and obvious. The next-generation Silvia will supposedly be built atop Nissan's popular FM platform (370Z, Infiniti G, etc.), come in a 2+2 seating configuration and tip the scales around 2,800 pounds. Naturally, as the S15's successor, it will be a front-engine, rear-drive setup, and is rumored to be packing a turbocharged 1.8-liter inline-four putting out around 200 horsepower. A naturally aspirated variant will also be available to keep the cost of entry low, but the turbo'd model is obviously the pick of the litter and should deliver a 0-60 time of between six and seven seconds.

IL's man in Japan points to the Nissan Foria concept (shown above) as the stylistic inspiration, but notes that the coupe would only be "loosely based" on the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show concept. Judging by Nissan's recent design endeavors, we doubt the Foria -- or as previously rumored, the Urge concept -- will be a heavy influence on this supposed Silvia revival.

Although we're all for more budget-oriented FR sports cars, the popularity of the Toyota FT-86 is sure to be a factor in Nissan's decision to bring the 240SX back to life. That, coupled with the unknown demand for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe (Hyundai doesn't break out Genesis Sedan from Coupe sales in its monthly reports) makes the proposition of a new 2+2 from Nissan even more hazy. So until we hear something solid from Ghosn and Company, we'll resume our normal respiration routine.




[Source: Insideline]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's be nice to have another 240SX, that was a fun car, with a huge trunk.
      87Nissan200SXEV6
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about really going back to the original Silvia S12 200SX with the 300Z motor dropped in? Nissan could try re-vamping the original drift car look and then hopefully they would power it up with a turbo... because even back then the 4 banger was underpowered. I happen to have one of these rare S12 gems at under 100,000 miles and it's a great car - powerful in the right places and not bad on the eye.

      s12 revamp please!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not holding my breath :/. I remember being really excited for the short wheelbase 350Z being tested a few years back, but I assume it became the 370Z.
      kevin
      • 5 Years Ago
      I own a 89 240sx s13 sport hatch and I love it. I really wish they could have offered the power the Silvia model had in Japan, as this is a very underpowered car, but still fun to drive. I dont like how this car looks for some reason. I guess I'm more partial to the s13 design...low,aerodynamic with its rounded edges and the flip up headlights. They should stick to the original design maybe adding more to the body itself like a better sport package..sideskirts, and rear spoiler as well as a higher HP engine. That would be something to consider. I would definitely buy one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is great news ... so long as it doesn't look like the Foria.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what effect adding a 240 would have on Nissan's 370z?, I don't really have an answer because both cars, I assume, have different niches in the market place. Their not really the same type of car right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      By the looks of that concept I'll assume Nissan bought Saab and is integrating their design cues into some future Nissan products.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man that thing is ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I did read the article but I really hope that the next 240SX won't be based on this and the Urge concept at all. That would be a huge disappointment for people who love the Silvia.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would be nice to have a more practical option than the Z
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, but when 200hp is the expensive choice, I'm not sure where the joy is going to be for something that size.

        And that target weight? no way. the sentra tips at over 3K for the SER, as does the Altima coupe. I'm not buying they can drop 10% and switch to RWD.

        I foresee a fail in their future.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I reckon this car would actually make a decent looking Sentra. Add to that; much better looking than the current Corolla and Civic - which is approaching redesign time, but w/Honda current themes I have low expectations.
        • 5 Years Ago
        here's hoping it drives like the Z and not the sentra. nissan's a little late to the blown turbo between 1.8-2.0L club but I guess better late that never. Man I miss my old 240sx now. Thanks a lot autoblog.
        • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's up with the Kia Forte grille?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Except the concept has been around since 2005.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I haven't seen that concept before. I love it! Very subtle - understated... but possibly dangerous :D Please Nissan make it VERY LIGHT (sub 3000lbs) and give us a truly track capable option package - i.e. excellent suspension and giant front brakes. Such a car would be a massive attack on the 3-series' increasingly improbable sporting pretensions, and could really help an ailing Nissan.
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