The Nissan Silvia will go down in history as a classic car for anyone with an interest in Japanese sports cars or drift racing. What makes this car such a classic and much loved vehicle? Let's take a closer look.
Although the Silvia had been manufactured by Nissan Japan since the early 1980's, it was the 'S13' model in 1988 that really defined the brand and skyrocketed sales in Japan and around the globe. This newly released model had a number of engines available to it but the most popular was easily the 1.8 liter turbocharged four cylinder.
This powerful and responsive turbo engined combined with great weight distribution and rear wheel drive setup made the car a pleasure to drive. When racing, the rear tires will easily lose traction however you never feel like you are losing control of the vehicle.
In the 1990's Nissan released an updated 'S14' model. This model Silvia (known in other markets such as Australia as the '200SX') had a more powerful engine and completely new chassis. The 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine, known as the 'SR20DET' had an improved power output of 147kw (197bhp). As per the previous model, the car was still beautifully balanced and just as easy to drive around the city as it was on a race track.
Finally, in 1999, Nissan would release its final Silvia ever. The 'S15' model Silvia looks sleeker and sportier than any of its predecessors, still with the same 2.0 liter engine except with even more power. This final Silvia was one of the most popular drift racing cars ever in Japan and around the world, particularly in Australia and the USA.
In 2002, Nissan ceased production of the Silvia and to date, there are no plans to create any further models. There was rumors about a new 'S16' model however Nissan Japan never confirmed. Instead, only advising consumers that the Silvia was discontinued due to stricter emission control standards.
For the car enthusiast and collector, this means that these cars, if kept in immaculate and original condition, will someday hopefully be worth much more than when they were new. Having owned two of these cars, I can honestly say they were two of the most enjoyable cars I have ever owned.
Nissan Japan, if you are reading this, please make millions of people around the world happy and re-create the Nissan Silvia for the modern day!