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Nissan Silvia Turbo


Nissan Silvia Turbo

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

Top speed:124 mph (198 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):8.3 sec
Engine type:In-line four
Displacement:110 ci (1,809 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:137 bhp (102 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:191 lb ft (258 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:2,580 lb (1,173 kg)
Economy:23 mpg (8.2 km/I)
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