In the mid-1980s Nissan needed to re-create some of the magic of the 240Z, so set to work designing a compact coupe shape with plenty of punch. The Silvia Turbo was the result, and while it didn't convince many in the looks, it certainly had the power and handling. Sensibly, they kept the car rear-wheel drive which meant the engine was mounted longitudinally up front at a time when most manufacturers were switching to transverse engines and front-wheel drive applications. The independent suspension was kept simple with MacPherson struts up front and semi-trailing arms rear, with fat anti-roll bars both ends along with disc brakes, which were also vented up front. As a turbo was used, Nissan felt it unnecessary to have 16 valves, so stuck with a basic 8-valve engine which was both effective and lightweight, though it did need revving to make the power.
Nissan Silvia Turbo Specifications
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