Nissan to revive the 'Silvia' planPOSTED BY admin ON 19 July 2012
While Toyota’s new 86 coupe was still in gestation, rumours were abound that Nissan had plans to revive the Silvia, the affordable rear-wheel drive coupe range which slotted beneath their ‘Z’ range of sports cars.
Unfortunately that plan was killed off with the 2008 financial crisis rolled over the world like an itchy wet blanket.
Now with Nissan’s halo, the GTR, glowing ever more brightly with the factory backed GTR Club Track Edition finishing first in the SP8T class in the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race, Motor Trend has reported that Nissan’s executives has given the green light to carry on with the project.
The new car, dubbed in-house as the ‘Mini-Z’, won’t be the rear-wheel driven sports coupe that defined the 180SX/Silvia breed of the last century, but a front-engined, front-wheel drive car with the modern 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine lifted from the Juke SUV.
That said the car is expected to be cheaper than Toyota’s 86 coupe and will adopt the unique styling characteristics that is seen on the Juke.
Despite the notion of China being a four-door market, the report speculates that the car’s main market would be in China.
It is reported that it is a joint Japan-China project with the research and development of the vehicle being carried out by the Japanese, while their Chinese counterparts work on the design.
Source: Motor Trend