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Nissan Designer Hints At Smaller Sports Cars, Sparks Talk Of 240SX Return

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Nissan’s chief designer Shiro Nakamura has revealed that his employer is looking at downsizing its sports models, leaving the door open for the possible return of the 240SX sports car or Silvia as it’s known in other markets.

Nakamura also said it was possible that the Nissan Z line may adopt a smaller engine for its next-generation, which would be the first time in the car’s history.

"I much prefer smaller sports car," Nakamura revealed to Australia’s Drive. "It is the time to look at that [smaller engines]. With 370Z, we still don't know next generation will have a larger or smaller engine."

He also said that reducing the weight of Nissan’s next-generation of sports cars is a priority.

While downsizing the Z to compete with newcomers like the 2013 Scion FR-S and the 2013 Subaru BRZ may not be ideal, Nissan previously had great success with its 240SX. The vehicle was dropped from Nissan’s global lineup in the previous decade due to its engine, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, failing to meet stricter emissions standards.

Nakamura said he liked the idea of a 240SX successor but didn’t mention any production plans.

When asked if Nissan was capable of having a three tier sports car lineup consisting of an entry-level 240SX successor, mid-level Z and range-topping GT-R supercar, Nakamura said if the demand was there Nissan will do it.  

Given the hype surrounding the recent launch of the 2013 Scion FR-S and 2013 Subaru BRZ, an affordable and lightweight sports car with rear-wheel drive dynamics from Nissan could certainly prove popular in the current market.

1997 Nissan 240SX SE

1997 Nissan 240SX SE

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  1. personally i think this is a no brainer for Nissan. the 240sx was the car of choice for tuner whiz bangers who couldnt afford GTR's. the rear drive layout also made the perfect for the drifting crowd.
     
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  2. Hell yeah, bring it on Nissan!
     
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  3. the only thing wrong about this is that they havn't started already come on. stop waiting and start it already.
     
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  4. Screw you Nissan for getting ride of the Silvia. Now look at Toyota and Subaru steal all the limelight in the affordable sports car market.

    Now hurry up and build an S16 Silvia!!! Differentiate it by giving it turbo power.
     
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  5. It's been 3 years that i'm crying about SILVIA S16..i believe nissan knows what it's doing..better wait and release it in the right moment. Plus it will be better, unlike toyota/subaru which are going to have decreased sales because of the worldwide economy now.
     
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  6. I was thinking , Honda should bring back the Prelude or something much like it expect make it more powerful and give it RWD.
     
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  7. They did, its called the S2000.
     
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  8. I require only a few things from my cars: lightweight, manual transmission, rear-wheel-drive, easy to maintain and modify, and (preferably) a turbocharger. If Nissan can bring back the 240sx (or something like it) meeting those specs, I shall be a happy man indeed.
     
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  9. A S16 sounds like a dream come true, but then i need a bigger garage because i never ever selling my S14a Sportline.
     
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  10. The Z needs about 500 hp, downsizing is out.
     
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