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Nissan Prepping 240SX To Take On FT-86, MX-5?

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There's talk brewing in the dark corners of the Internet that Nissan is preparing to take on Toyota and Subaru's joint sports coupe and Mazda's ur-roadster, the MX-5, with a revived take on the 240SX--and that it's coming to the U.S.

With everybody, even Hyundai, getting in on the inexpensive rear-drive action, it's no surprise that Nissan wants back in as well. After all, with the Z-car legacy and the strong history of the SX lineup, Nissan has as much sports car cred as any Japanese carmaker. For a glimpse at what the car might look like, check out this speculative preview story, and compare it to the Urge concept, pictured above.

The rumors say that the reborn 240SX would get a smaller version of the platform that underpins the current 370Z, making a perfect use of existing architecture, but potentially leading things down a porky road. If there's one single complaint against the recent crop of Z-cars, it's that they are too heavy for their own good.

Delivered with a smaller powerplant--something like a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-banger--the 240SX redux would be even more sensitive to excess weight. While the Hyundai Genesis Coupe might be doing OK with 3,300-3,400 pounds of curb weight, if Nissan wants to take the affordable performance stakes, it'll need to do better. But that's no problem, according to the reports--the car could weigh in as low as 2,800 pounds, a veritable featherweight by today's standards, with the notable exception of the Mazda MX-5, which is due out around the same time as the 240SX, and is expected to lose even more weight.

We'll have to wait about two years until late 2011 or early 2012 to see if the 240SX revival is for real, but it'll be fun speculating in the mean time.

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  1. I miss the Sylvia - They were interesting and attractive cars.
     
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  2. I would like to share Nissan updated the 240SX for the 1995 model year. Externally, the look was completely new and more up-to-date, with sharper edges and a clean profile. The new S14-chassis 240SX was also slightly larger than its predecessor, offering a longer wheelbase and wider track than the first-generation car...
     
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  3. I dunno about the style of the concept.
    I understand that although the production form may look dramatically different, I think I'd rather take my chances with the FT-86 and its Subaru powered 2.5L flat four. Its aesthetics, strong torque, and exhaust note is what I'd prefer over Nissan's "light weight" FR.
     
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  4. I think I'd rather take my chances with the FT-86 and its Subaru powered 2.5L flat four.
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  5. Is there an echo in here?
     
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  6. TOKYO — With all media buzz surrounding Toyota's FT-86 and Honda's CR-Z lately, Nissan, which considers itself the preeminent Japanese sports-car maker, is planning to strike back with an all-new version of the 240SX.With hot models like the FT-86 and CR-Z on the horizon, Nissan needs the new 240SX to remain competitive in the entry-level performance car segment.
     
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  7. IMO it's good news and bad news. The S14 Kouki and the S15 are beautiful cars. And as with all these recent "revived" cars, they will look nothing like their predecessors. If they released a modernized (building technique and materials) S14 and/or S15 I would be happy.
     
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