Japan’s Best Car supposedly has yet another scoop on the Nissan Silvia revival, and while the image gracing the mag’s cover is little more than a photoshopped pipedream, the information presented within deserves note.
According to one of the publication’s editors, a source at Nissan has suggested that the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe could benefit from the Nissan/Renault alliance and fitted with a 2.0-liter engine lifted from the French automaker. Speculation is that the 225 hp turbocharged four-pot powering the Renault Megane Sport could be mounted up front, sending power to the rear wheels on a modified Z platform. Not only would that keep production costs low, but the motor could be shoved far back into the firewall, making it a competent corner carver in the process.
Best Car expects the S16 Silvia to be priced between $18,000 and $21,000 if and when it goes on sale in 2010
Our take on this is it’s the usual Best Car bollocks. They have previously said the new GTR would be out 3 years ago with a 4.5 V8, that the new NSX was imminent (5 years ago) also with a V8 – yeah Honda with a V8. ..