1993 S14 Silvia
Having realised they were on a good thing with the S13, Nissan followed a similar theme with the next generation S14. However, the S14 was bigger, heavier and more refined than its predecessor. Mechanically, the SR20 turbo engine remained essentially the same except for the addition of variable inlet cam timing. We believe Japanese versions were also fitted with a slightly larger frame turbocharger – output of the Japanese S14 is around 161kW.
The Japanese market also saw a naturally aspirated SR20DE version making 118kW and substantially less torque. Meanwhile, the US-spec 240SX marched on with its naturally aspirated DOHC 2.4 litre engine. The appearance of the S14 was relatively understated. Available as a coupe only (no hatchback version), it abandoned pop-up headlights and adopted a very simple style. Under the skin, the suspension layout remained essentially the same with changes influenced by the larger Skyline model. Five-stud wheels were adopted.
The Australian market S14 (badged 200SX) was detuned to 147kW but still has the ability to run to 100 km/h in around 7 seconds. It is also missing the HICAS option available in Japan as well as a triple gauge cluster below the audio head unit. The S14 Silvia/200SX received a minor update in 1997. The updated model (known as S14a) is differentiated by its sharper front-end styling. There were no major mechanical changes, except for slight alteration of rear suspension geometry and changes to the engine management. The S14a was the final Silvia to be sold in the US. Interestingly, Nismo Japan produced a 270R version of the S14 Silvia in 1994.
The 270R employed a bigger exhaust, intercooler, revised camshafts, reprogrammed engine management, larger injectors and an R32 Skyline GT-R fuel pump for a total of 270hp (198kW). Other features include a Nismo clutch, mechanical LSD, lowered adjustable suspension, suspension tower braces, forged alloy 17 inch wheels, R33 Skyline Type M brakes and an ‘Edge’ body kit.
All 270Rs were painted black with stripes. These are a truly awesome package.