Believe it or not, it’s been nearly two decades since we saw this icon coming out from the factory lines for the last time. For a full 19 years, we are hearing rumors about the comeback of this drift legend and it looks like something is finally happening. If we can trust the latest reports, the Japanese manufacturer is actually working on the new generation, which should expand the company’s offer of performance cars, which is currently based on just two models, GT-R and Z Car. This one would come as a more affordable option, like something that is built for an average speed lover. We presume it would come as the 2022 Nissan Silvia S16.
At this point, it’s hard to talk about specifics but we can definitely predict some of the base design characteristics of the new model. We presume that the base approach would be the same as in the previous generation, which means a light RWD sports car that is fast, reliable and can drift as hell. Once again, the officials are still quiet about this, so take the following paragraphs with a big reserve.
2022 Nissan Silvia S16 Redesign
Considering that the last generation we saw was codenamed S15, the new model would come as the 2022 Nissan Silvia S16. Given the 19-year gap, there is no doubt that there won’t be many things in common between the new model and its predecessor. Allegedly, Nissan is working on a brand-new platform, which will debut in this model and later be used for a variety of Infiniti models.
One of the things that are certain is the base layout. Despite the age gap, the new model will continue with the same approach, which includes an engine mounted at the front, and rear-wheel drive. That’s a perfect combination for drifting, while another necessary component is lightweight. Therefore, we expect that the 2022 Nissan Silvia S16 would utilize a lot of lightweight materials, primarily aluminum and carbon fiber.
When it comes to the exterior design, we don’t expect surprises. We expect to see a familiar layout, which would mean a typical 2-door coupe body style. A convertible is possible as well. Also, we don’t expect that the 2022 Nissan Silvia S16 could be much bigger than the previous generations. Therefore, the wheelbase should go around 100 inches.
When it comes to styling, the 2022 Nissan Silvia S16 would come based on Nissan’s latest design language. Of course, this includes the famous V-Motion grille but in a sportier iteration this time. Of course, there is plenty of room for exclusive details, starting from the body kit, wheels, massive brakes and similar things. Also, the “Silvia” badges and logos are expected in various areas of the vehicle.
This aspect is still a complete mystery. Aside from the two-seat configuration, we know nothing about the comeback model. Still, we presume that the dashboard would take a lot of inspiration from other sports cars from this manufacturer, particularly from the Nissan GT-R. Still, keep in mind that the legendary supercar is pretty old and that its cabin isn’t the freshest one on the market. Therefore, we count on loads of brand-new design solutions as well.
The new model should come with two seats, as we mentioned. We count on both coupe and convertible body styles in the offer. Besides attractive dashboard design, we expect from this model to come with lots o standard and available equipment as well. This refers not just to advanced tech goodies and the latest driver-assistance features, but also to lots of convenience features.
2022 Nissan Silvia S16 Engine
Once again, we expect that the new model will respect its tradition. Therefore, a four-cylinder engine mounted at the front is what we count on, along with the rear-wheel drive. However, we are pretty sure that the new 2022 Nissan Silvia S16 will have to go turbo. So, our pick would be a 2.0-liter turbo-four with variable compression, which would be specially tuned on this occasion. Something like 300 horsepower sounds reasonable enough.
The engine should be quite potent and we also believe that the Japanese manufacturer will think of real driving enthusiasts and the manual transmission will certainly be in the offer. Of course, an automatic gearbox should be offered too. Naturally, power will be sent to rear wheels and we don’t expect to see AWD in the offer.
2022 Nissan Silvia S16 Release Date and Price
As we already mentioned, the 2022 Nissan Silvia S16 is just a rumor for now. The officials are still quiet, so the actual chances to see this model are minimal, especially if we consider that today’s market is mostly about crossovers and that the demand for genuine sports cars isn’t particularly big. Therefore, we won’t come up with estimations in terms of price and launch date. Once again, take this article with a big reserve.