Nissan To Take On Toyobaru Coupe
News of Toyota and Subaru's joint $20k-$25k RWD coupe has Nissan scrambling to develop it own pocket rocket. 7tune.com reports that Nissan is testing a compact rear wheel-drive (RWD) coupe based on the new Z-car platform. The spiritual successor to Nissan's JDM Silvia is likely to be motivated by either the 2.0-liter NA engine, or a 1.6-liter or 1.8-liter turbo four (possibly equipped with Variable Compression Ration technology) making between 150 and 225 hp. The coupe should be about the same size as the last (S15) Silvia, offering the Z's wheelbase with shorter overhangs for "enjoyable handling." No word on whether the $23k-ish coupe will be offered stateside, but it will be available in Japan in the latter half of 2010. As far as we're concerned, the more light, zippy RWD coupes the better… no matter where they're sold.
Hear, Hear, rochskier I am still enjoying 1990 turbo "Mitsubishi Eclipse"-in the no boy racer add on trim Plymouth Laser Q-ship version - I bought new those many years ago. It easily tops 30 mpg, even when driven to enjoy the balance shafted 2 liters silky revs, turbo whoosh and still respectable thrust. It was a car ahead of its time.
2010 - again! Why does it feel like that 2010 is the new 2000? I'm half expecting someone (like Tesla) to proclaim a flying (electric) car to be released that year.