Nissan NX Coupe

28 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Nissan NX Coupe
Nissan 100NX

David Morley

Still a and flashy performer

Performance are a Nissan staple in this from the original 240Z to the 350Z and the gone-but-not-forgotten 200SX.

But the has also given us a steady of sporty little coupes Who could forget the original with its boxy styling and little turbocharged engine?

there was the normally aspirated first with 1.6-litre and 1.8-litre power and a smoother but square-rigged body shell, a targa top that amounted to a sunroof with a single strip of metal down the of the car.

In many ways, the successor, the NX Coupe, was more of the but it was a better car and is now probably the cheapest way to get a Nissan with the vaunted engine.

Why is the SR20 so valued by those in the Mainly because it’s to be a torquey performer and almost into the bargain.

It’s not the or most sophisticated-feeling engine, but 105 kW at its disposal and decent torque (or power), it’s a strong And with four valves per and double-overhead camshafts, it presses the buttons for the technically minded.

The NX was launched in 1991 and was available in NX and versions. A two-door coupe low-slung profile, its other were less convincing and odd, oval headlights and odd and angles. But it was certainly an improvement on the EXA and so was as a reasonable looking thing.

It also retained the targa-roof which gave it an extra in fine weather, although the removable roof panels up much of the luggage space, topless jaunts a short-haul

Interior space generally was at a and while front-seat passengers are catered for, anybody enough to spend more a few minutes in the back seat soon be looking for an excuse to

That said, the driving is quite good and the instruments laid out. The only note is the interior plastics, of their time, that don’t have a look or of quality.

In its most basic NX the Nissan was fairly sparse by standards, with nothing more than power and a basic stereo to recommend it.

So the smart buy now is the more upmarket which looks all but identical but has alloy wheels, cruise central locking, power and a rear spoiler.

You also get brakes, which single-handedly the small price difference the NX and NX-R.

The NX’s compact dimensions make it a reasonably vehicle, which, combined the torquey engine, adds up to quickness, even today.

The manual is the most fun – bought the thing with the four-speed automatic were missing the point.

The front-wheel-drive meant there was a small of torque-steer (a tendency for the steering to tug at the driver’s hands under acceleration), but beyond that, was a lot to like.

The low centre of gravity made fairly flat, and the Nissan reward the driver who was prepared to an effort.

An outright sports car it was but as an entertaining car that was easy to with for the other six days of the the NX had a fair bit going for it.

Nissan 100NX

The engine has rugged and the biggest thing to for is a rattling timing chain suggests either it has covered a miles or has been starved of oil – or both. Even so, the will rattle for years it finally gives up the ghost, and a pleasant noise.

Watch for crash damage and try to about the car’s history and who have owned it.

A heavily NX is probably best given a berth unless you know what you’re looking at.

Be that insurance companies probably be wary of any modified

On the basis that the last of the NXs are now 10, the newer the car you buy the better.

That’s as a general rule, of course, we’d always plump for an car with fewer kilometres and a service history attached.

though it may have been on the Nissan Pulsar, the NX and NX-R a fair amount of dash for the and if you can find a good clean it won’t have changed

Despite even the newest NXs and now being a decade old, you can pay or more for a good, clean That’s a bit pricey, so maybe an example with a service is the way to go.

The competition

Honda’s Integra is a but more expensive alternative, as is a Celica from the same

You could also look at a 205GTi, but most are now probably out.

Prices and details at time of publication.

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