Nissan to bring back the Silvia?

Nissan to bring back the Silvia?

Nissan Foria fq

There’s growing web-based speculation that Nissan is preparing to compete against Toyota and Subaru’s joint sports coupe with a revived Nissan Silvia.

With multiple carmakers, even Hyundai, getting in on the budget rear-drive action, it’s no surprise that Nissan wants back in as well. With Nissan’s strong Z-car legacy and the global following the Silvia generated, Nissan has as much sports car cred as any Japanese carmaker.

Apparently the Nissan Foria concept (shown above) could offer stylistic inspiration, but  the coupe may only be loosely based on this 2005 Tokyo Motor Show concept.

The rumors say that the reborn Silvia would get a smaller version of the platform that underpins the current 370Z, making a perfect use of existing architecture. This could work out well but may leave the new Silvia a bit heavy.

Created with a smaller powerplant–something like a 1.8-litre turbocharged four-banger the new Silvia would be even more sensitive to excess weight.  But that’s no problem, according to reports the car could weigh in as low as 1,270kg, a total featherweight by today’s standards, with the notable exception of the Mazda MX-5, which may be due out around the same time as the Silvia, and is expected to be even lighter.

Bad news is that it will be about two years until late 2011 or early 2012 to see if the 240SX revival is for real, but be ready for more speculation in the mean time.

Nissan Foria fq

There’s growing web-based speculation that Nissan is preparing to compete against Toyota and Subaru’s joint sports coupe with a revived Nissan Silvia.

With multiple carmakers, even Hyundai, getting in on the budget rear-drive action, it’s no surprise that Nissan wants back in as well. With Nissan’s strong Z-car legacy and the global following the Silvia generated, Nissan has as much sports car cred as any Japanese carmaker.

Apparently the Nissan Foria concept (shown above) could offer stylistic inspiration, but  the coupe may only be loosely based on this 2005 Tokyo Motor Show concept.

The rumors say that the reborn Silvia would get a smaller version of the platform that underpins the current 370Z, making a perfect use of existing architecture. This could work out well but may leave the new Silvia a bit heavy.

Created with a smaller powerplant–something like a 1.8-litre turbocharged four-banger the new Silvia would be even more sensitive to excess weight.  But that’s no problem, according to reports the car could weigh in as low as 1,270kg, a total featherweight by today’s standards, with the notable exception of the Mazda MX-5, which may be due out around the same time as the Silvia, and is expected to be even lighter.

Bad news is that it will be about two years until late 2011 or early 2012 to see if the 240SX revival is for real, but be ready for more speculation in the mean time.

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