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Nissan To Finally Build 240SX Successor? Concept Coming: Report


Nissan 240SX

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You'd be hard pressed to find someone who grew up during the 1980s and 1990s that doesn't love the Nissan 240SX.

Those 240 fans may be in luck. What Car? reports that Nissan will unveil two sports car concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show in November, one of which will be a 240SX successor.

That concept will reportedly preview a possible Nissan rival to the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S twins, which carry on the affordable, rear-wheel drive performance mission of the Nissan.

The concept will also borrow styling from a past Nissan model--but not any of the Z cars.

So it will be a BRZ/FR-S-fighter with styling from a past Nissan that isn't a Z. Unless Nissan plans to radically reinvent the Datsun 510, it sounds like this new concept couldn't be anything other than a 240SX successor.

If the concept is well-received, Nissan could reportedly put it into production using the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Juke NISMO for power.

Nissan has hinted at a 240SX rival before.

As far back as 2010, Nissan was considering relaunching the 240SX as a Mazda MX-5 Miata competitor. However, that project was killed in favor of another dead end: a Sentra coupe.

Last year, Nissan design boss Shiro Nakamura said his employer was looking to downsize its sporty models. He said he liked the idea of a revived 240SX, but didn't indicate if Nissan was seriously considering the idea.

With the BRZ and FR-S proving popular--and a redesigned Miata and Alfa Romeo Spider on the way--a new affordable rear-wheel drive sports car could be logical move for Nissan, as well as boon to enthusiasts.

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