The Nissan 180SX made its debut as the hatchback version of the S13 Silvia. It was strengthened by several modifications until 1995 after which it underwent large-scale changes. The styling was enhanced with more sporty lines, but the basic mechanical features remained the same.
The front was given a new spoiler, the side-step reinforced, the rear lamps rounded, and a rear spoiler added. The highest-end Nissan 180SX Type-X and the next-level-down Type R feature the turbocharged SR20DET developing 202hp and 202.5 lb-ft of torque.
The basic-grade Type-S runs off an NA SR20 engine producing 138hp and 131.6 lb-ft. The tail control generated by the axle work is a pleasure unique to rear-wheel-drive cars.
The Nissan 180SX is not a car that can depend on pure brute force. And that is OK because it means that half of the fun is in using one’s driving skills to get the most out of it.