1993 Nissan 180SX RPS13
Stock Number: 4790
Many great sports cars have endured the test of time because of their connection with the driver behind the wheel. Those who have owned S-Chassis vehicles get it and this 1993 180SX is a prime example of this, especially with only 53K verified miles. A lightweight chassis paired up with an exceptionally potent drivetrain makes for some top tier driving. While Nissan was never known for its over the top interiors the drive makes up for that and then some. Normally when we get cars with legitimate motor work they body has been modified as well, this one on the other hand is a bit of a sleeper. All of the stock body was kept just the way Nissan had intended. The Pearl White (WK0) paint is the perfect color choice for these. Especially with the bit of black and white two-tone that the mirrors and quarter panel trim creates. The paint shows quite well for its age with no real blemishes to note. The stock foam wing is known for being a bit shotty and this one is no different. It looks pretty good all things considered, but it's the only real spot to mention. The body is equally clean with only one notable door ding on the driver's side door below the side view mirror. We never call cars showroom new, but this one is darn good. They did swap out the stock wheels in favor of a much better set of 16" Work RSBs which are a much-needed upgrade. They stick with the factory sizing but add a way more sporty feel. Tein coilovers get the car down to a better ride height and cut down on some of the body roll you get from the factory.
The straight forward S13 interior wasn't known for its quality materials, however, this one has faired pretty well. On the positive side, many of the interior plastics are devoid of any weather-induced fading, as the old owners had cared for the car. It does have a Chevron dash mat as this one has the typical cracked dash that all S13s are known for. The mat does an excellent job of sprucing up the interior overall though which is a nice addition. The same goes for the new 3 spoke wheel which has a much better feel in the hand. The front buckets, which are trimmed in gray cloth, are nicely bolstered. Normally it's the driver's seat that suffers from the most wear, but in this case, it's the passenger's seat that shows its age. The driver's is free of the typical bolster wear or tears that tend to happen over time. The passenger side on the other hand has a fair bit of bolster degradation, but on the bright side is stain and tear-free. The back half has been gutted which is common for any car making more power. The door cards are equally clean and don't have any of the delamination that tends to happen over time. They kept all of the power accessories to make day to day use more enjoyable like the power-folding mirrors, power locks, and power windows. The automatic climate control is functioning though the A/C is hard to really check when it's this cold out here in VA. Neatly tucked in the gauge cluster is a new Greddy Profec boost controller which is one of the few signs of what's going on under the hood.
The real star here is the SR20DET. As soon as you pop the hood you're greeted by a top mount Greddy TD06-20G which explains the need for the Profec. Neatly mounted down below is a Greddy wastegate that feeds down below the passenger wheel. To feed the turbo an APEX'i intake feeds through a larger Z32 MAF. With all that added air to ensure that it keeps a good cold charge a stealthy Trust front mount intercooler was added. The way the two side grilles are finished you can hardly even notice it tucked neatly into the front bumper. They also took an interesting approach by adding electric fans in place of the factory one which buys you a good bit more space in the engine bay. Thanks to that free space you can spot the Greddy pulleys which add a little flair to the front of the block. With everything on the intake side you have to step up the exhaust as well. RS-r was turned to along with a cat delete pipe which really lets the SR scream. While we didn't have confirmation for sure it sounds as if the car has upgraded cams as well based on the idle. In order to compensate for all of the upgrades, the stock ECU has to be tuned accordingly. A Nerve engine control unit by Essential was the right choice for the job, turning this car into a real monster. The car starts up quickly thanks to a new battery and the choppy idle is awesome. The power delivery is rather linear considering the size of the turbo and has no issues with pulling to that 7,500 redline. Shifts through the 5 speed are crisp and the clutch engagement is surprisingly light. Power gets sent to the rear wheels with no issue and it will certainly light up the new tires if you want to. This car is a great example of what a sports coupe should be. It has all the right elements to make it a killer on the track yet still enjoy the drive there are back. Whether you're after a turn-key car that you can rip right out of the gate, or looking for a great platform to build from this 180 is a killer choice. With clean S13's becoming an increasing challenge to find you'll be hard-pressed to find another one like this.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.