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1999 Nissan S15 Silvia

1999 Nissan S15 Silvia
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  • Nissan S15 Silvia
  • Year:
    1999-
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    2.0L Inline-4
  • Transmission:
    6-Speed Manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    250@6400
  • Torque @ RPM:
    4800
  • Top Speed:
    107 mph
  • body style:

The S15 is a rear-wheel-drive sports coupe, powered by Nissan’s SR20DET; a 2.0 litre in-line 4 cylinder turbocharged engine with air-to-air intercooler that delivers a power output of 250 horsepower that results in a power-to-weight ration of less than 5Kg/PS. The S15 has a new 6-speed close-ratio gearbox for improved acceleration and features a specially tuned exhaust system characterized by a powerful sound at low engine speeds and a liner increase at high engine speeds.

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2020 Nissan Silvia S16

2020 Nissan Silvia S16

Could the Nissan cult favorite reemerge from the shadows?

Between the 370Z and the GT-R, you could make the argument that Nissan already has a pretty solid lineup of sports cars. However, the more discerning enthusiasts out there will be quick to point out just how much more could be done. After all, the current Z car is practically ancient by modern standards given its introduction dates all the back to 2009, and at six figures, the current GT-R is just way too expensive for the average speed lover. That said, there’s one nameplate that desperately needs to be brought back into the discussion – the Silvia. The last time we saw this two-door beauty was in 2002 with the S15, and we think the time is right for a follow-up S16 generation to round out the Japanese automaker’s performance offerings. We know we’re certainly not alone in that respect, and indeed, the next-gen Silvia was expected to show in concept form at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Alas, such a creation never surfaced, but fear not, because we did a little chin scratching, drew up the above-featured rendering, and wrote up the following speculative review to help bridge the gap.

It’s been over 15 years since the S15 bit the dust, so any follow-up has a bit of catching up to do. However, we think Nissan has the right stuff to make it work. Read on for our take on it.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2020 Nissan Silvia S16.

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MOD MAX - Episode 1: Video

MOD MAX - Episode 1: Video

We’ve all thought about it – when the world finally goes insane, and we’re all roaming the nightmarish post-apocalyptic hellscape barely scraping by, what car will you want with you? Most folks would probably go with something tough, big, and AWD. You know, to roll over your enemies and whatnot. As for those nutty Aussies over at Mighty Car Mods, well, they went with something a little different – a Nissan S15 Silvia, to be exact. Weird, right? It’s ok though, don’t worry – they’re dropping in a V-8.
The vehicle is an homage to the upcoming "Mad Max Fury Road" movie.

After selling off most of the car’s mechanical bits, all that remains of the MOD Max S15 is a shell ready and waiting for an eight-fold heaping of torque. The donor car for that is an Australian favorite – a late-90s Holden Commodore with a 5.7-liter GM boomer nestled under the hood.

To help the guys in the build, MCM went to Adam Gotch at AGI Roll Cages for a few tips, not to mention a complete roll cage to protect the boys when out thrashing the MOD Max S15. AGI was the right choice, as the Australia-based shop was commissioned by Kennedy Miller Productions to churn out over 100 stunt cages for the film due out next month.

Next up is a rummage through the scrap metal yard for all the rusty bits and pieces, followed by a trip to the exhaust shop for some custom headers.

For the last half of the video, the car is stripped down and assembly begins. Knobby tires are installed under chopped up fenders, the stock SR20 four-banger is removed in 10 minutes, the interior is gutted, the cage is installed, and the Holden’s powerplant is “tested” with a huge, smoky burnout. All in a day’s work, I suppose.

One question though, guys – why not a ute?

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Nissan IDx Compact Rear-Drive Concept Could Inspire Silvia Successor

Nissan IDx Compact Rear-Drive Concept Could Inspire Silvia Successor

Between the debut of the new Honda NSX, reports that the Type-R may come stateside, and rumors of a seventh-generation Z, there’s been a lot of activity as of late surrounding some of history’s most recognizable Japanese sports cars. Now, according to Aussie publication Motoring.co.au, it looks like it’s time to throw even more coal into the burner on the old speculation train.

The Nissan Silvia, which shared the same chassis as the 180SX, 200SX, and 240SX sold worldwide, is regarded within drift circles as a premier platform for sideways shenanigans. It’s a lightweight car, with a rear-wheel-drive, front-engine layout that’s easily modified with a variety of engine transplants and suspension upgrades.

The original Silvia debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1964 as the Datsun Coupe 1500. The vehicle enjoyed several generations until it was discontinued in 2002.

However, with the unveiling of the IDx concept vehicle at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, inside sources are whispering to Motoring.co.au that the Silvia may make a triumphant return, with a debut possibly coming as early as next year.

It’s believed that either a supercharged, 1.2-liter or turbocharged, 1.6-liter engine will sit under the hood, with output hovering somewhere around the 200-horsepower mark. There are also rumors that both a six-speed automatic and manual transmission will be available to slot the cogs. These kinds of specs would place the new Silvia sports car nicely behind the more powerful seventh-generation Z, with a performance-oriented NISMO-tuned version expected to follow soon after release.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Nissan Silvia successor.

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2000 Nissan S15 Silvia Lightning Strikes Racing Edition by JUM Lightning

2000 Nissan S15 Silvia Lightning Strikes Racing Edition by JUM Lightning

The 2011 Toyko Auto Salon was held back in January and somehow this doozy of a car slipped through the cracks. Built off of a 2000 Nissan Silvia, the Lightning Strikes Racing Edition gets taken to a much better place with a bright blue exterior paint job, a monstrous power upgrade, and a spectacular widebody kit.

The original Nissan Silvia was powered by an SR20DET engine prepped with an output of 250 HP. Once JUM Lightning popped the hood and worked their magic, that same engine was able to produce 180 HP more, leaving the grand total at 430 HP at 7000 rpm and 398 lb-ft of torque at 5800 rpm! Finishing the engine work is a 6speed gearbox from Nismo GT-LSD.

As for the exterior, JUM Lightning matched the aggressiveness of the engine with a full on widebody kit and an Aragosta Suspension System that was specifically tuned for the FUJI Speedway. The kit is made from dry carbon fiber to support large forces and includes a front bumper, side bumper, a flow rate mounted on the bonnet, and a new set of wheels. Final touches comes as a full titan exhaust manifold, Sparco seats, and Brembo brakes.

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1999 Nissan S15 Silvia

1999 Nissan S15 Silvia

The S15 is a rear-wheel-drive sports coupe, powered by Nissan’s SR20DET; a 2.0 litre in-line 4 cylinder turbocharged engine with air-to-air intercooler that delivers a power output of 250 horsepower that results in a power-to-weight ration of less than 5Kg/PS. The S15 has a new 6-speed close-ratio gearbox for improved acceleration and features a specially tuned exhaust system characterized by a powerful sound at low engine speeds and a liner increase at high engine speeds.

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