Nissan 240SX - Basics
Note: The above specifications are for the 240SX standard coupe. Some specifications, especially the curb weight, differ for the SE and LE versions.
The S14 240SX was sold in the US from 1995 to 1998. The body of the S13 240SX was, essentially, completely redesigned for the new S14 240SX. Most notably, the retractable headlights were eliminated in favor of stationary headlights. Nonetheless, the dimensions of the two cars are quite similar. The S14 is slightly wider, which improves handling, and also has a longer wheelbase, which increases high-speed stability. The S14 240SX was only offered as a coupe as opposed to the S13, which was available as a hatchback or convertible in addition to the coupe. Another addition to the S14 model was dual airbags.
The production of the S14 240SX can be divided into the "Zenki", or early, period (’95-’96) and the "Kouki", or latter, period ('97-'98). During the Zenki period, the 240SX was available with an optional SE package. The SE had 16-in. wheels (5-lug) as compared to the base model 15-inch wheels (4-lug). Also, the SE model featured a stiffer suspension, front and rear sway bars (base model did not have rear sway bar), optional anti-lock brakes, and optional Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD).
The Kouki S14, often called the S14a, was updated with lightly redesigned front bumper, hood, fenders, and rear taillights. Also, projector headlights replaced the old S14 Zenki headlights. The LE package for the S14a was introduced in the middle of 1997. The LE package featured leather seats, keyless entry, an alarm system, and a CD player. The S14a SE and LE models were equipped with small side skirts.