Nissan's rivals, Toyota's FT-86 and Honda's CR-Z, have been getting plenty of attention lately but Nissan is gearing to strike back with an all-new version of the 240SX. After being dropped in 2002, the 240SX (also known as the Silvia) will feature styling and packaging loosely based on the Foria concept car that was shown at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show.
The next 240SX will be built on a shortened version of Nissan's FR-L platform, which is what the 370Z and G sedan uses.
The resurrected 240SX front-engine/rear-drive 2+2 coupe will retain the predecessor's image (the S15) as Nissan's entry-level performance car. It is believed that the engine will come in the form of a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4 with about 200 horsepower.
There also may be a naturally-aspirated powerplant added to the mix, one that will cater to the bargain hunters. Buyers may opt for a flamboyant body kit.
The car is expected to tip the scales around 2800 lb. so it's expected that the acceleration time for going from 0 to 60mph is in the six to seven-second range.
It's a sure thing that the new 240SX will be a popular tuner car so it shouldn't surprise anyone that there will soon be 300- to 400-horsepower conversions (or more) soon after the car is introduced in 2011 or 2012. Pricing has not been revealed but it's expected to right on top of those of the FT-86 and next-generation Mazda MX-5.