NIS­SAN 200SX (1994-2003)


In the mid-1990s, Subaru was get­ting all the head­lines – some­times for the wrong rea­sons – with its rally-de­vel­oped WRX, its tur­bocharged 2.0-litre all-wheel drive weapon. Toy­ota of­fered its Cel­ica GT4, too (at a very stiff price) but for me, the Nis­san 200SX is the keeper. This con­ven­tion­ally styled but pretty coupe (with­out any of the WRX’s overt spoil­ers and driv­ing lights) was pow­ered by Nis­san’s gor­geous (and tough) tur­bocharged SR20 2-litre twin-cam­mer and put the power to the ground through just the rear wheels, giv­ing it that beau­ti­ful bal­ance and tac­tile steer­ing that en­thu­si­ast driv­ers crave. Many have been boosted/butchered/ drifted so be care­ful… I don’t have a spare $20K right now but I’d love a mint un­mod­i­fied later model (with the sharper nose for 1997) in my garage.

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