1993 Nissan 180SX – Modified Magazine

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Nissan 180SX

1993 Nissan 180SX – PUREly SXual S13

Shane and Christine Soutter’s 180SX; an S-chassis with a twist of Aussie love that shows off such incomparable details that remi

Initially their intent was to “look like a stylish track and drift car with show influence thrown in for good measure.” At the end of the day it’s hard to argue against whether or not he actually achieved this goal, but the whole process was a bit involving to say the least. Starting with the exterior modifications, hand flared metal rear fenders were hand massaged to the tune of nearly 50 man hours.

Pontiac GTO vents were integrated as the front fenders also received a flaring and rolling treatment. A custom fiberglass vented hood and a host of FRP and CF bits from Origin finish off the exterior treatment along with a splash of “Denim Blue” paint.

Nissan 180SX

Underneath all of that lies the necessary SR20DET with an upgraded HKS 2540BB turbo, Tomei cams, and a custom manifold mated to a custom plenum. An Apex’i Power FC setup keeps all of this under control while a Blitz boost controller handles the level of “go-fast” Shane or Christine might be up for at any given time. The net result is a healthy 385hp.

Helping put the increased power to the pavement, an Xtreme Ceramic Clutch was installed along with a custom STB and engine torque dampener to keep the area around the engine bay from movement under stress. ISC N1 coilovers allow the car to attack nearly any paved road the backcountry has to offer, while Whiteline sways help control body roll in the trickiest of turns.

ROH Modena’s of the 18×9 / 18×10 variety fill the wheel wells of the 180SX nicely while Toyo rubber completes the flush treatment and gives the car a nice, aggressive stance. A full Ksport Big Brake Kit both front and rear ensures that this s-chassis gem comes to a confident stop each and every time while steel braided lines enhance durability and pedal feel.

On the inside the couple decided to build upon the OEM theme rather than replace it all completely. Starting with custom grey leather retrimmed s13 seats and a carbon fiber dash cover, the couple then decided to add a few amenities in the form of a Momo combo of steering wheel, shift knob, and aluminum pedals. An Autometer boost gauge, Apex’i rev speed meter and Pivot shift light also adorn the interior as does an ICE setup from the likes of Pioneer, Alpine, and Focal.

White gauge faces, a custom shift boot, a custom rear seat headrest, and a few other details ensure that the interior of this car fully lives up to its exterior standards.

With over $70,000 USD invested Shane and Christine have fully realized their vision of what the ideal 180SX can truly encompass. And although it isn’t the meanest, fastest, most over the top s-chassis that Modified Mag has ever featured, we are proud to bring to you a refreshing example of a slightly different approach. While continued uniqueness in a highly developed scene is harder to come by, don’t forget about the land down under; you may just find inspiration where you least expected it.

Nissan 180SX
Nissan 180SX
Nissan 180SX
Nissan 180SX
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