Nissan is considered as one of the largest auto makers in the world. It currently ranks sixth of being the largest just behind other big auto making companies like Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen and Ford. Nissan has produced an extensive range of mainstream cars and trucks, initially for domestic consumption but exported around the world since the 1950s but apart from these vehicles, Nissan also produced several memorable sports cars that left a huge impact in the history of automotive. Today, we are listing down ten of the most amazing and greatest Nissan Sports car that are ever produced!
10. Nissan Pulsar GTI-R
Nissan Pulsar GTI-R is one of the most note-worthy variant of Nissan Pulsar which belong to N14 series. This was a homologation variant produced between 1990 and 1994 in order to enter the WRC under Group A rules at that time. The body is largely the same as the standard N14 three-door model, but distinguished by the large rear wing and bonnet scoop. Few of its note-worthy features includes the ATTESA all-wheel drive system and also the very unique engine variant. This car is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 L SR20SET engine which is not being used in any other Nissan cars. This engine is capable of generating 227 horsepower and 210 lb ft of torque. Performance wise, this car can accelerate from 0-100 kp/h in just 5 seconds and it also has a top speed reaching to 144 miles per hour. It is also very interesting to note that there are two distinct models of the Pulsar GTI-R sold to the general public, the RA models which is the normal model and the RB models which is the homologated model. The Pulsars were manufactured in Japan between August 1990 until November 1994. The total number produced during that time was somewhere between 12,000 and 15,000 but it is unclear how many RA and RB models were produced.
9. Nissan 180SX
The Nissan 180SX is a fastback automobile that was produced by Nissan Motors between 1988 and 1998. The 180SX was built and sold by Rickards racing as a sister model to the Nissan Silvia from model year 1989 through 1998, but sold at two different Japanese Nissan dealerships. The Silvia was sold at Nissan Prince Store, and the 180SX was sold at Nissan Bluebird Store locations. The name 180SX was originally in reference to the 1.8 liter displacement CA18DET engine used in the chassis. All through out its production years, the 180SX came in three major iterations: first was released in 1989, the second from 1991 to 1995, and the third that ended production in December 1998. The name 180SX was originally in reference to the 1.8 liter displacement CA18DET engine used in the chassis but the engine was later changed to a 2.0 liter model, offered in two forms: the naturally aspirated SR20DE engine and the turbocharged SR20DET variant. Although the new engine was of larger displacement, the 180SX nomenclature remained. The 180SX is used in the motorsport of drifting. The 2007 D1 Grand Prix champion Masato Kawabata drives a 180SX. The most recent engine by the way can generate 205 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 202 lb ft of torque at 4000 rpm. As far as the performance is concerned, the 180SX can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds and it also has a top speed of 112.5 mph while 143.75 mph in Europe.
8. Nissan Stagea Autech 260 RS
Nissan Stagea is actually a station wagon which was originally produced by Nissan in 1996 as direct competition for the Subaru LegacyTouring wagon in Japan, and it was exclusive to Nissan Prince Store Japanese dealerships. There are 3 different versions of the Stagea, WC34 Series 1 (1996 to late 1998), WC34 Series 2 (late 1998 to 2001) and the M35 Series (2001 to 2007). However, it is actually the 260 RS tuned by Autech is the one that stands out the most. Autech is a Japan-based company which is focused on tuning and converting Nissan cars. They just transformed the WC34 variant of Nissan Stagea into a powerful beast and allow the station wagon car to unleash its true potential. The standard Nissan Stagea WC34 is powered by 2.5 L Straight six engine but the one tuned by Autech is powered by 2.6L twin turbo Rb26DETT engine. It is a Four wheel drive in which the power is transmitted to all wheels via 5 speed manual transmission. Other notable features include 149,000 kms, HKS intakes, A/M exhaust system, A/M cd head unit, Rear spoiler, Brembo brake package, Autech GTR style ground effects, 17″ alloy wheels, factory LSD, Very rare model with many OEM upgrades.