Here we are with a new edition of “The Next”, a feature in which we choose a staple in the automotive enthusiast pantheon and then pick a new comer and tell you why the newcomer will become the next staple. Today we discuss the Nissan 240SX.
Rear wheel drive, available for a song (if you’re willing to take on a former drift car), and with a massive following the 240SX has become the go to vehicle for aspiring drifters and those seeking for a rear wheel drive road racing chassis that isn’t a hair dresser’s car or German. It shares damn near all of its underpinnings with the Japanese market Nissan Silvia, which means that our ‘merican 240’s can house the Silvia’s two liter turbo 4. Unfortunately Nissan pulled the plug on the 240 after the ’99 model year so we’ve been without such a car for about a decade… Until now, because the next Nissan 240SX is…
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0. Why? Because it is a modern Nissan Silvia: two liter, turbo charged rear wheel drive coupe. There are already brake upgrades, coilover kits, bigger intercoolers and other performance upgrades available. Unfortunately since it’s still so new it’s a bit pricey, but you pay only $24,500 for the 2.0R-Spec which packs Brembos, a LSD, 6 speed transmission and Hyundai’s 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty. Not too bad if you ask me.
There’s also another similarity between the Nissan and the Hyundai. They’ve been endorsed by the Millen family. Steve and Rod for the 240SX:
And Rhys for the Genesis Coupe:
You can deny some things, but this means something.
Now, I know it isn’t selling like the 240 did, but that’s not the point. And a tragic one, but that’s neither here nor there. No, the point is if any car embodies what the 240SX was it’s the Genesis Coupe 2.0.
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