The History of Nissan 200sx

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The S12 was produced from to 1988, with revisions to the trim in ’87 (referred to as II). It was sold in two configurations – a (often called a notchback) and a

A number of different engines equipped in the S12 chassis, depending on year and more specifically on the market. These engines from previous designs, or in cases, inspired future platforms (with the exception of the FJ which was designed solely Rally competition in mind). For the CA series initially borrowed cues from the NAP-Z

The CA18DET’s DOHC head was also later utilized in the RB series, the inline six engine powered the famous R32, and R34 Skylines. And of course, the VG series was the to the VQ, which powers the 350Z.


The S12 chassis in North was badged 200SX. The Coupe was with a 2.0L SOHC (CA20E), while the fastback both the 2.0L SOHC and a 1.8L SOHC Turbo engine (CA18ET). For 1987 in the States, Nissan discontinued the 1.8 Turbo into the fastback, and the SE model which had the potent SOHC V6 engine (VG30E), 160hp (120kW) and 165 tq.

This was the engine offered in the non-turbo for that generation.

The S12 chassis in was badged Silvia, and was available in the fastback configuration. The engine was the same 1.8L SOHC (CA18ET) used in North and in some areas the 2.0L FJ engine (FJ20E). The FJ engine was originally designed for the 240RS as a 2.4L carbeurated system and was underbored to 2.0L.

It also saw use in the Nissan Skyline chassis, in turbocharged and naturally aspirated

The S12 chassis in Australia was badged as a The Gazelle was available in both the and fastback. It was equipped with the 2.0L SOHC engine found elsewhere in the world.

The S12 in Japan was badged as both a and a Gazelle. The Gazelle was produced so Nissan’s different dealership in Japan could all carry the There are minor cosmetic Both the S110 and S12 Silvias a Gazelle counterpart.

The S12 Silvia in was available in a fastback as a basic only, but the S12 Gazelle in Japan was a fastback, available in regular, RS and variants, as was the Silvia notchback. The RS was with the 2.0L DOHC FJ while the RS-X was equipped the same engine in a turbocharged (FJ20ET). In 1987 Nissan to put in the FJ Series engine and installed the version of the older CA, with cams and a bigger turbocharger – the

The S12 chassis in 1984-86 is referred to as I, with Mark II as a revision in Below lists the description of

The first trim of the S12 chassis. featured matte-finish raised and sides featured half-inch Cars featured a honeycomb grille, and long cornerlights. Turbo came with a monogrammed hood bulge ’84-85 could be had with a rubber deck spoiler. In the foam rubber deck was changed for a fiberglass version w/ an third brake light.

Some fastbacks and all Turbo came with ground – a combination of plastic mudflaps and foam rubber sideskirts, as as a foam rubber lower lip.

In 1987, the bumpers updated, and the matte finished were eliminated for a more surface. Rubstripping was increased to height w/ scribe detailing. The radiator grille was replaced a slatted version that the entire front end (previous was and cornerlights were shortened.

The SE and the Turbo (Canada, Europe) with new ground fiberglass effects and mudflaps, painted in the of the car, and a new and more pronounced deflection lip in the front. SE model received a new hood bulge to accommodate clearance for the 3.0L V6. rear mudflap accents available.

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Drivetrain Variations


The S13 Silvia, in mid-1988 for the 1989 model was immensely popular in Japan. The name was no longer used on models, however; European were now known as 200SX. industry trends, the S13 Silvia to relampable fixed headlights.

optics were offered as an

The Silvia fastback was discontinued and by a new model sharing the S platform, the 180SX. A convertible was briefly soon after the start of but it was never popular, perhaps due to cost (3.25 million Yen in heavier curb weight, and flex.

The S13 was one of the first uses of multi-link rear suspension, the of which was previewed in concept in previous years, such as the MID-4. It also offered a steering system for the first known as HICAS-II. In 1990, would be updated and renamed

The S13 also saw the introduction of a viscous-type slip differential for some

S13 Silvias were initially by the CA18DE and CA18DET engines over from the end of S12 production, an intercooler added to the CA18DET for a increase in stability and power. In (for the 1991 model the SR20DE and SR20DET engines offering improvements across the in power and torque due to increased and a more efficient turbocharger was offered on the previous cars.

The S13 was replaced after the 1993 year by the new S14 design. In 1998, the S13 was resurrected, in part. A variant was by Kid’s Heart for Nissan the Sileighty, which featured the body with the front end the Silvia.

The Sileighty style was originally by Japanese enthusiasts for their own and is still a common modification for the and 240SX fastback.

Trim Designation

The S13 Silvia was the first car to use the J’s. Q’s, and K’s to the suits and face cards of playing cards) designations for the trim levels or grades.

The was the base model with a basic interior, few standard and 14 steel wheels. The Q’s offered a slightly more experience and received electric and an available LSD. The K’s received the turbocharged SR20DET in to the options offered on the Q’s.

On top of the and Q’s models, The Club and Selection packages came specific options bundled For example, all K’s Club came with projector a rear spoiler, and 15 aluminum

The rare and often misunderstood A’s Almighty (オールマイティ) was in late 1992. Confusingly, the grade doesn’t fit into the name scheme; it is stripped of all purportedly offered as a purer of the sports car. The only engine was the naturally-aspirated SR20DE with a 4-speed automatic


The S14 Silvia debuted in Japan at the end of It was lower, wider, and slightly than the S13. New rounded contributed to the illusion of a much increase in size than occurred. Wheelbase and track both increased, leading to improved handling.

Unlike markets, where sales of the S14 variants faltered, the Silvia popular in Japan.

Trim designations were similar to the however the Club Selection was dropped. Aero variants of the and K’s were offered featured large rear and mild ground effects.

The S14 K’s received a new version of the boasting a slight bump in due to the implementation of Nissan’s variable cam system, VTC, and a larger T28

There was a major styling to the S14 during 1996, which aggressive-looking projector headlamps and taillights to all models. Fascias and exterior trim pieces also revised. The turbocharger now a more efficient ball center section.

This version is popularly known as the (後期, literally latter S14, or it is mostly called the The final model year of production in all markets was 2001.

The 270R was a limited edition developed by Nissan Motorsports (Nismo for short). The vehicle was on the S14 chassis but had many enhancements the 240sx. All produced in 1994 33 270Rs were ever three being media The ‘270’ is in reference to the horsepower of the car as opposed to the displacement of the engine (as vehicles, including the 200sx, were previously named

The 270R featured a vented aero kit, heavy clutch, 2-way limited differential, top-mounted intercooler, suspension and brakes from the GTS25-t among many upgrades. All the 270s were black with ‘Nismo badging above the rear and a product numbered plaque in the compartment.


Japan saw a new version of the (S15) in 1999, now boasting (170kW) from its SR20DET thanks to roller bearing upgrade, as well as improved management. The SR20DE (non-turbo featured only 165 hp (121

Nissan 200SX

The S15 Silvia included aggressive inside and out; upgrades to the and suspension, including increased use of alloy suspension components; and for the time, a six-speed manual (in addition to a 5-speed manual and a four-speed automatic). Also for the time, instead of a viscous slip differential, the S15 offered a effective helical limited unit.

For the S15 Silvia, the model was initially simplified to just the (non-turbo) and Spec-R (turbo), models offering an Aero with a large rear and mild ground effects. The featured the available 6-speed transmission, increased body and rigidity, 4-piston front calipers, a larger brake booster, the upgraded helical slip differential, and the HICAS for HI-Capacity Active Steering) wheel steering system as an the Spec-S featured a standard manual transmission (with an 4-speed automatic available), the additional support structures of the 2-piston front brake a slightly smaller brake booster, and the viscous limited differential.

The line was later to include various luxury and option packages for both the and Spec-R. Autech, Nissan’s division, also offered tuned versions of the S15; one body and interior trim after the Ferrari 456, the style-A, available in both and Spec-R based trims; and a tuned version was based on the trim level with the output increased to 200hp through the use of increased compression, aggressive camshafts, and free-breathing and exhaust tracts, along ECU tuning and upgrades to the chassis and This version also the 6-speed transmission and other normally found only in the

There was also a convertible of the Silvia, called the Varietta, a folding retractable hardtop. The was built by Autech and was based on the model, featuring the same aspirated engine, with a of a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed transmission.

Production of the Silvia ended in 2002 amidst Nissan’s to reduce its myriad of platforms. sole sports car platform in the is now the FM Platform, which underpins the Fairlady Z and Skyline; marketed in the States as the 350Z and Infiniti G35

B14 series

From 1995 to Nissan applied the name to two different lines of automobiles in markets these years.

In Nissan reintroduced the 200SX in North America to designate a version of the Nissan Sentra chassis, a front wheel car), replacing the Sentra (discontinued in 1994) and Nissan NX in 1993). The 200SX came in SE, and sportier SE-R models. All their front-end appearance, chassis, dashboard, and many with the Nissan Sentra.

and SE editions shared Sentra’s GA16DE engine 4-cylinder The SE-R inherited the 140-horsepower SR20DE engine used in the 2-door Sentra SE-R. All came with a 5-speed transmission or 4-speed automatic, and equipped with dual

Antilock brakes were in the SE and SE-R. The price, new:

Year to Year Changes Nissan 200SX: The SE and SE-R new body-colored mirrors and door 1997 Nissan 200SX: All now included a rear spoiler, and the model adopted the same trim as its SE and SE-R companions. Nissan 200SX: All models got new revised bumpers, and white-face

Also, base models 13-inch (330mm) wheels 14-inchers. 200SX did not return for but its 140horsepower (100kW) engine in the 4-door Sentra.

Production of the 1995-1998 Nissan 200SX 1996: 7,205 1997: 1998: 3,504

In several including Mexico and Japan, car was sold from 1996 to under the name of Nissan In Mexico it came with two available: GSE for the 1.6 l engine, and GSR for the 2.0 l.

If not for this one there would be no confusion, as other Nissan with a ending in SX refers to a car based on the S platform.

The B14 Sunny and Sentra in 1994 and were produced 1998, and featured four-wheel-drive Other than Japan, variant was produced in Pakistan a joint venture between and Nissan Japan till for the local and export markets.

In generation, the station wagon was to Mazda under an OEM deal as the Van. The Nissan Wingroad appeared as a spin-off of the Sunny in Japan, denoting a highly station wagon that the Nissan Sunny California. the Mazda Familia and the Nissan had different front and rear compared to the wagon that was

Nissan Mexico sold of this as the Sentra with 1.6 and engines.

Thailand uses model of B14 from 1994 2000 with a few minor along the way. First change shows when the changes to split the red strip two sides, next the face in a few years with a small i the middle of the hood and a chromium on the hood tip, finally the minor change, the tail style changes from two of white/red to be the three layers The two variants of engines is 1.5L (in the generation) and 1.6L (available after some minor

Yet another image has been from Nissan’s GT 2012 held in May, this it’s a side view of the FR sports coupe due to go on sale in The image reveals just to give a good idea of the final shape will be and by similar images of the next Z12 Cube and Z34 Fairlady Z (370Z) were also revealed at the Nissan isn’t going to let the new FR loose without its own unique Another interesting feature is the third “quarter window” and the rear blister fender.

specifications have changed for the better since we last on the FR sports coupe, it’s rumored to have a 2000cc 4 cylinder engine using VCR (Variable Compression Ratio) only this time almost certain it will be It’s also possible the engine will make use of a system similar to what is in the VQ37VHR engine found in the V36 Skyline coupe. Power is rumored to be 225ps with kg/m of torque to move the coupe around.

The FR sports will position itself at the of Nissan’s performance car tree the cheapest in price but will a more sports orientated experience compared to the more V36 Skyline Coupe. Once the new level FR sports coupe is it will emphasize Nissan’s car range as one which is well and offers plenty of choice, is in complete contrast to earlier on in the

Nissan’s 2.0L FR sports is still expected to sell at 2,500,000 yen.

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