When it comes to car tuning, most of the car enthusiast will tell you that nothing can compare with old Japanese sports cars from the 80’s and 90’s. One of these models is Nissan Silvia, also known as 240 SX in North America. Just like other Nissan’s models from that era, it has a lot of potentials. This model has been produced is few variants, but the best choice would probably be a second-generation model, which was produced somewhere between 1994 and 1998.
Like other Nissan cars from the 90’s, this one is also characterized by an extremely reliable engine, which also has a lot of potential for tuning. For example, 1000-hp Skylines became a common thing among car enthusiasts. The engine from Silvia also offers a lot of space for further improvement. Although the stock version delivers around 150 horses, you can get two times more power with just those basic tweaks to the engine.
For this cause, you will have to do some of the following modifications:
The first thing you should do is a total rebuild of the engine. Some of the parts you will have to change are pistons, piston rings, gasket set, oil pumps, timing chains etc. These days, there are numerous workshops that are specialized for Japanese cars, so impressive results are guaranteed. Also, consider a new injector. Fortunately, Nismo offers a whole line of fuel injectors, designed for all kinds of models. This part will provide enough fuel for the new, thirstier engine. A turbocharger is an inevitable part of every car tuning. For this occasion, try to find some that are designed especially for displacements between 2.0 and 2.5 litres, and with a power range around 350 horses.
After finishing all these engine modifications, it is time to think of the exhaust system. You need to install pipes that will have enough capacity to push out all those additional gases that you are going to get from the tuned engine. A hi-performance manifold should be your first step. Also, try to find some well-designed downpipe.
After dealing with all those performance tunings, you should go for some visual modifications. After all, you probably want to accentuate your Nissan Silvia’s hi-performance character. One of the major steps would be a new body kit, with custom bumpers, spoiler, rear diffuser etc. Still, more important things would be wheels and suspensions. Find some performance suspension kit or at least some lowering springs. When it comes to wheels, you will find a 15-inch diameter in a stock variant. Still, the fender well of this car has enough space to accommodate 17-18 inches in diameter without bigger problems. Wheels width could go up to 9 inches.
Those are just some of the suggestions. The modification list goes on…