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Nissan 240SX Basic Information

S Platform

The S Platform was Nissan’s FR layout sports car chassis. It was used from 1976 to 2002 as the base for many vehicles, including the 240SX, Silvia, 200SX, 180SX, Sileighty, 180ZX, Gazelle, and 240RS. S Platform cars were sold mainly in North America, Japan, and Europe (with limited sales in Australia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia).

Model Year Chassis Available Engines
1989-1990 S13 KA24E
1991-1994 S13 KA24DE
1995-1998 S14 KA24DE

Sale of the 240SX in the US market began in 1989 and continued until 1998. Only the convertible version of the 240SX was sold in the US in 1994. Check out this 1989 Nissan 240SX commercial posted on YouTube.com. It's damn corny, but I just can't stop watching it.

1990 240SX SE 1990 240SX SE 1990 240SX SE
1990 240SX SE
(USDM S13 Zenki)
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1990 240SX SE
(USDM S13 Zenki)
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1992 240SX SE Coupe
(USDM S13 Chuki)
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1993 240SX Standard Hatchback 1994 240SX SE Convertible 1995 240SX SE
1993 240SX Standard Hatchback
(USDM S13 Chuki)
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1994 240SX SE Convertible
(USDM S13 Chuki)
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1995 240SX SE
(USDM S14 Zenki)
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1995 240SX SE 1996 240SX SE 1997 240SX LE
1995 240SX SE
(USDM S14 Zenki)
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1996 240SX SE
(USDM S14 Zenki)
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1997 240SX LE
(USDM S14 Kouki)
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In Japan, S13, S14, and S15 240s were sold from 1989 to 2002. These cars were equipped with the SR20DET engine, which has about 50hp more than the KA24E or KA24DE that came with the USDM 240SX models. (To get more detailed information on the Japanese models, look through some of the factory service manuals for these cars). That's why the SR20DET swap for the USDM 240 happens to be so popular. But I'll get to that later in the performance upgrades section.

Model Year Chassis Model Availabe Engines
1989-1993 S13 Silvia CA18DE/T, SR20DE/T
1989-1998 S13 180SX CA18DET, SR20DET
1998 S13 Sileighty SR20DET
1994-1998 S14 Silvia SR20DE/T
1999-2002 S15 Silvia SR20DE/T
1990 Silvia 1995 180SX Sileighty
1990 Silvia
(JDM S13)
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1995 180SX
(JDM S13)
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Sileighty
(JDM S13)
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1998 Silvia 2002 Silvia
1998 Silvia
(JDM S14)
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2002 Silvia
(JDM S15)
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A Sileighty (sometimes written Sil80) is a Nissan 180SX with Silvia front bodywork, including fenders, front bumper, headlights, and hood. The Sileighty became popular as a result of drifting in Japan. Drivers that damaged their 180s often replaced the front bodywork with Silvia components since they were cheaper than replacement 180SX parts. Eventually, this trend became popular due to the aesthetic appeal of the Sileighty. In 1998, a Japanese tuning shop named Kids Heart produced 500 “official” Sil80s that were sold by Nissan. Naturally, tuners in the US have made the same conversions using imported Silvia front bodywork.

Another trend among Japanese tuners is installing 180SX front bodywork on a Silvia. A car with this arrangement is often referred to as the Onevia. In the US, this body configuration was actually sold as the Nissan 240SX coupe.

In Europe, the S13 and S14-based 200SX was sold from 1989 to 1998.

Model Year Chassis Available Engines
1989-1993 S13 CA18DET
1994-1998 S14 SR20DET

The S platform cars are considered by many to be the "boy's sports car" with the Skyline being the "man's sports car" in the Nissan lineup. But this is only true when it comes to power. Yes, the S platform cars are underpowered in stock trim, but they are great handling cars and have the potential to make some serious power. So what would I choose if I was going to build a performance car: the 240 or Skyline? Honestly, I would go with the 240SX because the Skyline is just too damn heavy. The 240SX has better handling potential. Better yet, get the best of both worlds: the light 240SX chassis with the RB26DETT Skyline engine.