Nissan Silvia S14 & S15
The Nissan Silvia is the name given to the company's long-running line of sport coupes based on the Nissan S platform. Although recent models have shared this chassis with other vehicles produced by Nissan (most notably the European 200SX and North American 240SX in the S13 and S14 generations, and 180SX in the Japanese market). The S14 Silvia debuted in Japan at the end of 1993. It was lower and wider than the S13. New rounded styling contributed to the illusion of a much greater increase in size than actually occurred. Wheelbase and track were both increased, leading to slightly improved handling. Unlike export markets, where sales of the S14 chassis variants faltered, the Silvia remained popular in Japan.The final model year of S14 production in all markets was 2000.
Japan saw a new version of the Silvia (S15) in 1999. The S15 Silvia included aggressive styling inside and out, updating the previous Silvia styling in-line with modern car design trends.The S15 Silvia model lineup was initially simplified to just the Spec-S (non-turbo) and Spec-R (turbo), both models offering an "Aero" variant with a large rear wing and side skirts/balances.This generation of the Silvia was only sold in in Japan, Australia and New Zealand but was available as a grey import in most others.Production of the Silvia ended in August 2002 amidst Nissan's efforts to reduce its myriad of platforms. The S15 Silvia was therefore the last car to hold the Silvia badge. Nissan's sole worldwide sports car platform is now the FM Platform, which underpins the current Fairlady Z (the 350Z in North America), as well as the 2001-Present Nissan Skyline (the Infiniti G35/37 in North America).
In Japan, the S15 generation of the Silvia is colloquially known as the "Strawberry". The term is common, as most car enthusiasts in Japan refer to a car by it's chassis name. In Japanese, the numbers one, and five (from the name S15), are respectively "ichi", and "go". The word "ichigo" is also the Japanese word for Strawberry.
Base Engine Size: 2.4L (2.0L S15)
Base Engine Type: DOHC-I4 (DOHC Turbo-I4)
Transmission(s): 5-speed manual (6-speed S15)
Horsepower: 220bhp (250bhp S15)
Max Horsepower: 5,600 rpm (6,400rpm s15)
Torque: 190ft-lbs. (202ft-lbs. S15)
Max Torque: 4,400rpm (4,800rpm S15)
Drive Type: RWD
Maximum speed: 120mph (150mph S15)
0-60mph: 6.3s. (5.1s S15)
1/4 mile: 14.8s @ 94.1mph (13.9s @ 102mph S15)