Nissan is planning to create a new Silvia, according to the Japanese print automotive magazine Best Car. They suggest that the vehicle will debut around 2025. From concept to production, three years is not too long. In 2020, the Z Proto, a concept automobile for the impending 400z, was released.
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Will this be a worthy comeback for the storied coupe?
According to rumors, Nissan will reintroduce the Silvia, also known as the 200SX and 240SX in the US. Unnamed sources told Japan’s Best Car that the Japanese manufacturer is bringing back the moniker as part of a “Pure EV Silvia Revival” project. If we assume this report to be true, it suggests that the Silvia will make a comeback as an electric car.
The article stated that the Silvia EV rendering from last year served as the catalyst for the entire idea. Vice President of Nissan Design Europe Matthew Weaver came up with the idea for the classic coupe’s reinvented revival.
Despite the new Nissan Z’s impending arrival, recent information indicates the business may be planning to bring back its entry-level sports car.
A brand-new Nissan S16 Silvia is rumored to be in development for 2025, although it might forgo the traditional turbocharged gasoline engine in favor of an all-electric drivetrain.
The Silvia, also known as the 200SX in Australia, is one of Nissan’s most recognizable automobiles and is positioned as a mid-range sports car between the Zed models and the top-of-the-line Skyline GT-R.
After Europe design boss Matthew Weaver unveiled retro concept sketches modeled after the original Silvia of 1964, Japanese newspaper Best Car now reports that Nissan is working on a new Silvia.
Nissan Europe’s Silvia EV concept art. Top: A future Silvia EV as depicted by Best Car.
Weaver remarked at the time, “By recreating this car for the future, we wanted to pay honor to its tradition.
“Being an electric car, it offered us the chance to extend the clean surface across the front because an electric engine has significantly lower cooling requirements, thus there is no need for a grille where radiators are typically positioned,” says the author.
In comparison to an automobile powered by an internal combustion engine, the essential parts of an electric vehicle are “very different and can be packed differently,” according to Weaver.
Therefore, the Silvia that we have pictured in this scenario would have a larger inside than its outside measurements would imply.
Nissan may finally be considering releasing a vehicle that can compete with the Toyota AE86 Sprinter, Toyota GR86, and Subaru BRZ, which are vehicles inspired by the 1980s S12 Silvia (badged as a Gazelle in Australia).
The Nissan Silvia will reappear as a hot EV.
Japanese automakers are now having a blast bringing back well-known automobile brands.
Nissan responded with the brand-new Z after Toyota made a splash with the new BMW Supra. Acura debuted the redesigned Integra to the public in 2021.
Nissan appears to be bringing back another well-known brand, the Silvia or 200SX, as you like. Since many individuals have a grandma Silvia, we have always liked Silvia. The name Silvia was popular among baby boomers, but it gradually declined once parents began naming their children after Twilight characters. Whatever the case, the 200SX allegedly makes a comeback. People who enjoy moving sideways are happy.
Or maybe not, given that reports claim the brand-new Silvia will be an electric vehicle. So you can stop worrying about wastegate noises and whistling turbos. A RWD EV shouldn’t have any trouble going sideways, but all you’ll hear is the pricey sound of tires being torn to pieces.
The source of this study is Japan’s Best Car Web. According to the newspaper, which claims to have inside information, the Silvia model will likely be revived as an electric vehicle in 2025. That is the only information the publisher is currently ready to share.
Given that Nissan is now actively updating its lineup, it does make sense. The Ariya is the first significant EV to be introduced, but during the past two years, we’ve seen a lot of Nissan EV concepts.
The most revealing are a few design sketches made by Matthew Weaver, vice president of Nissan Design Europe. Weaver was requested to update the original 1960s Silvia into a futuristic electric coupe.
The futuristic and extremely striking design is by Weaver. It still appears like a tastefully updated homage to the 1960s automobile and hits all the key design elements. Given the creative freedom designers now have with the EV skateboard design, Weaver even went so far as to claim that an upgraded Silvia would work. The Silvia might also be categorized as a grand tourer due to its increased inside room.
The electric vehicle version will most likely feature two motors, one driving the front axle and the other the rear, as is the norm these days. That’s a tad disappointing considering the car’s current notoriety. Nissan might be able to design a straightforward driving mode that shuts off the front motor entirely.
Nissan 200SX Silvia sports car to get an electric boost, according to a report
According to a recent claim from Japan, the legendary Nissan Silvia sports car, also known to Australians under various names as the Nissan 200SX or Gazelle, could make a comeback in 2025 with retro styling and all-electric propulsion.
Nissan is reportedly planning to reintroduce its iconic “affordable” Silvia (or 200SX) sports car with electric (EV) propulsion in 2025 in an effort to demonstrate that its heritage will continue as the automotive industry shifts to electric vehicles. This model was sold from 1965 to 2002 across up to seven generations (depending on market).
According to the report, Nissan will draw its inspiration for the reborn Silvia EV from a previous generation of the sports car nameplate rather than the S13, S14, or S15 generations that gained notoriety in video games and 2000s tuner culture. Instead, Nissan will look to the original “CSP311” Silvia of 1965.
Although just 49 of the total 554 units produced worldwide, including the original Silvia, were sold in Australia as Datsuns in the late 1960s, it’s the subsequent generations, badged as the 200SX from 1994 to 2002, that local purchasers will remember the most.
According to Best Car, Nissan Design Europe vice president Matthew Weaver’s designs from September “received a lot of attention” and “inspired a resuscitation of the Silvia [as a] pure EV,” which led to the idea to bring back the Silvia nameplate as an electric vehicle.
The final “S15” Silvia models in Australia managed to get 147kW and 265Nm out of their tuner-favorite 2.0-liter “SR20DET” turbocharged four-cylinder engines (or 184kW/275Nm in Japan), which are numbers that an electric motor installed in the back would probably surpass.
Nissan has not yet officially confirmed the construction of an electric Silvia, but the Best Car article reflects the first rumors that such a model is in the works.
It’s not the first time, though, that a new “S16” Silvia has been rumored; in 2017, the Japanese website Spyder7 said a new generation model with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine would be revealed shortly, with a debut scheduled for 2018; these reports, however, were unfounded.
Nissan previewed a new entry-level Nissan coupe (influenced by the Datsun 510 of the 1960s) with the IDx Freeflow and Nismo concepts, which were unveiled in 2013. However, as a corporate engineer purportedly revealed online in 2019, low profit margins and niche sales killed plans to bring it to market.
Coming in 2025: The Nissan 240SX S16
For more than ten years, the Nissan S16 Silvia has remained a mystery. Are they constructing it? Will they construct it? The unknown. Today, we discuss the “will they or won’t they” saga surrounding the much-anticipated new S chassis. What will happen to the 2023 Nissan Z’s little brother given the heritage of the S13, S14, and S15 Silvia?
Is the Nissan Silvia still being manufactured?
Nissan will unveil a brand-new Silvia in 2020. S-Chassis, often known as the Nissan Silvia S16. It is the newest model, according to TopSpeed, and it has all the enhancements you would expect. The last Silvia left the factory about 25 years ago, and the import quota will be lifted in 2024.
Nissan ceased building the Silvia for what reason?
When so many people started becoming entangled in it, it started to pose a safety risk. Because of potential safety issues, the Silvia is prohibited even though the stated justification is that it violates US restrictions on imported vehicles.
What Nissan Silvia is the most sought-after?
Similar to the S13 and S14, the S15 was also offered with a wide range of options.
Many of you have been enquiring as to what the two primary models, the Spec-S and the Spec-R, vary from one another.
The most sought-after model in the S15 lineup was the Spec-R, which came with either a 6-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The main distinction between the JDM Spec-R and the Spec-S was the former’s 247bhp turbocharged SR20DET engine and the latter’s lackluster 163bhp SR20DE.
The Spec-R has major chassis and suspension strengthening, including larger anti-roll bars and strut braces, in addition to the engine, which wasn’t the only notable upgrade.
The Spec-R had the same 4-pot front brakes as the Z32 300ZX and also had a larger brake booster, whereas the Spec-S chose to use 2-pots for braking.
The Spec-R cars received a helical limited-slip differential in the back. This clearly recognized the S-Chassis drifting heritage and made the Spec-R an amazing package as soon as it left the factory.
A 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission were available for the Spec-S. It had a smaller brake booster and had little chassis bracing.
The Spec-S had the same helical differential, chassis bracing, and 6-speed manual transmission as the Spec-R versions for the Australian market.
Although HICAS (High Capacity Active Steering), four-wheel steering, was an option on many Nissan models at the time, it will be difficult to get the most of it on an S15 and is likely to cause more problems than it will be fun to drive.
Over time, Spec-S have gained popularity, mostly for use in motorsport. You’ll probably be better off starting with a Spec-S rather than a Spec-R if you’re planning on undertaking an engine swap along with a sizable number of extra handling and brake modifications. By doing this, you avoid the possibility of crashing your pricey Spec-R and gain some cash for improvements.
However, the Spec-R is unquestionably the more desirable variant of the two if you’re seeking to go with a more straightforward street build and the SR20 catches your eye.