Nissan 200SX Returning To Challenge Toyota's FT-86: Report

Mike Stevens | Jul 26, 2010

Stories of a rebirth for the Nissan 200SX, first reported two years ago, remained in circulation until CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that the project had been cancelled.

Now, according to UK website Autocar, a renewed focus on sports cars by competitors Toyota and Subaru has prompted Nissan to rethink things and revive the popular sports car.

Known as the Silvia in Japan (and among the the popular coupe's adherents), early reports last year suggested the new 200SX would be built on a shortened version of the FR-L platform that underpins the 370Z and the foreign-market Skyline.

According to the latest reports, Nissan is now considering a new platform after deciding the FR-L platform was too heavy for its new 200SX project.

The last 200SX, driven at the rear wheels by turbo and naturally-aspirated versions of Nissan's SR20 four-cylinder engine, was cancelled in 2002 after four years of production.

The new model is expected to build on the last generation's formula, featuring the same front-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout and a 2+2 seating arrangement.

Power is speculated to be drawn from a turbo-charged 1.8 litre four-cylinder, developing around 150kW (similar in output to the last model).

The source for the report is unnamed - it remains to be seen whether there is any basis to the information. For now, it seems only time will tell whether the tuner favourite will return.

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  • Trump says,
    4 years ago
    Christmas has come 3 days early!
  • Fez says,
    4 years ago
    Fingers crossed laugh
  • Will says,
    4 years ago
    Oh this is exciting....I wondering what it will look like!
  • Rob says,
    4 years ago
    Drop the renault megane RS engine in if it spins the right way and call it a day. Put me down for one.
  • My Cars Called T-Rex says,
    4 years ago
    Good news but it should never have left us and if they make a 4 door non turbo model,Nissan could dump the Tida for a more exciting car.
  • My Cars Called T-Rex says,
    4 years ago
    yea I agree with the engine size,looks like at this stage there following the Subota model.What eats T-rex's?
  • RuffRyda says,
    4 years ago
    Needs to be an SR22VET 2.2L or at LEAST an SR20VET 2.0L otherwise don't bother Nissan crew. A crappy 1.8L Tida rwith a bit more cam lift won't attract enthusiasts even with a snail. You didn't cheap out on the GTR even though it's the cream of the crop, the one thing that drive the soul of the car is the engine! Don't kill it with the new Silvia!!!!
  • toesonthenose says,
    4 years ago
    I'd be willing to bet that a concept (maybe very close to production ready) of this said car will be on show at the Tokyo motor show this yr.

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