Driving Impression: 1987 Nissan 200SX SE V6 | Hemmings Daily

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The full-frame door invites you it’s surprisingly light to shut considering its size, and with a light thunk and a seal. The seats appear bolstered but time has taken a and they’re a bit mushy to the touch. plenty of room for American-sized despite the petite exterior; our didn’t brush the headliner, and room was surprisingly generous.

The indigo-and-plaid seating surfaces supple and are in no danger of feeling the headrest actually manages to your head a place to rather than hitting you in the shoulder blades, as is so often the Style-wise, the shapes presented on the and door panels neatly the hard right angles of the era and the upcoming bizarre-blobbo jello-mould of the next decade; if there’s an to be seen here, it’s at 45

Visibility is clear to all of the important and the sunroof helps illuminate might otherwise be a dark The overhead glass means the A-pillars and the top of the windshield all form a H-shape. The hood bulge notice of intent, though the headlights remain a quaint of what sporty used to be. last volume production car on with pop-up headlights was the Corvette.)

Model year 1987 was brief, joyous time the tyranny of the 85mph speedometer (this one reads up to 125) and the motorized-mouse automatic shoulder-belt had not yet hoved into view. issues are minor, but still There’s a healthy … at your left foot, but the tunnel cramps your as it creeps across the driver’s further than it ought to, to edge your foot off the gas

Twist the key and you’re presented a grumbly little idlethe is that of a content kitty, and more than you’d out of a 200SX. The owner insists it’s the cherry-… muffler he enough to give it a satisfied burble at idle, but not enough to it into mimicking a Top Fuel-prepped

Indeed, most of the noise to be coming from the exhaust, when you stand outside the car the is at a lower-than-expected register also. settles in at 900 rpm until you turn on an interior fan, what youat which point it to 1,100 rpm. Somewhere in an engineer understands why this is so.

it, even a little, and the independent squats and settles in, ready to The owner repeatedly quoted to us the of just about every magazine tester who had taken one for a use a little more power,” the mantraand a chassis dyno run out exactly 100 horsepower at the rear would seem to confirm But actually driving it was another

The Six jumps to 2,500 instantly you get on the gas, and pulls hard to its rpm redline; surely it feels at home and sporting here it did in the base 300ZX from it was plucked.

Nissan 200SX

The automatic transmission is a reticent to downshift by itself on the you#8217;ve really got to mash the to get it to pay attention. An OD cancel button on the will help you keep it in on ramps. For our drive, the suspension just plain worn we were warned by the owner this was the case.

The OE shocks to have little left to manage to be simultaneously rough and over bumps. New shocks and have the potential to transform particular Nissan, and with the installed after our shoot, wager that it was far more

The steering wheel was chunky and at the hand, but the leather was no longer to the rim itself, making the steering a changeable place to hold in the corners. There also quite the feel we might liked coming from the wheels either, though you argue with the tiller’s reaction to your inputs.

said, the turning circle was tight; even with no-name rubber, it’s as if a were driven through the of the car and it pivoted around its axis. think that having big Six hanging out at the nose would do things to the handling, but even the tired suspension, we didn’t this to be the case.

Mild understeer was present, but we have induced oversteer and drifting up the freeway on-ramps at any we’d chosen. In someone unrebuilt 100,000-plus mile car we just got into, however, we otherwise. Those supposedly seat bolsters, by the way, just fine while having at ityou’re not going

With the amount of attention upon the later S13 and S14 generations of we#8217;re a little surprised the S12 doesn#8217;t get more respect. Why languishes while, say, Corollas are quickly rolling the realm of unobtanium, is beyond me.

out the February 2009 issue of Sports and Exotic Car for a Buyer#8217;s on this 200SX.

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