It’s rumored that Nissan wants to reassert its supremacy when it comes to building sports cars by developing a next-generation 240SX that would easily beat Subaru’s BRZ and Scion’s FR-S from Toyota. Nissan has been known for having built the finest sports cars in the world for many years now.
The 370Z and the GT-R have both gained acclaim for their performance and their relatively low price so Nissan now sees the need to offer a real sports car that costs under $30,000. Nissan hasn’t had a competitive entry in this segment ever since the 240SX halted production.
Even so, the 240 America didn’t offer the same impressive performance as the one sold in Japan. It’s also believed that Nissan will use the platform that’s also used by the 370Z.
It will also be equipped with either a turbocharged or supercharged 4-cylinder engine. But considering what Nissan has done in the past, it’s rather unlikely that it would supercharge the new 240SX model.
Sources say that Nissan is choosing between two different powerplants. One is based on either the Juke’s turbocharged 1.6-liter while the other is a Mercedes-Benz-sourced 1.8-liter.
Any of the two engines can easily deliver 200 hp or higher, making it remain competitive with the BRZ/FRS twins. Nissan hasn’t officially confirmed any plans to build an entry-level sports car but it won’t be a surprise if the 240SX came back.