1994 Nissan Silvia Q’s Coupe
By 1994 the S13 was already a staple in the Nissan lineup and would continue to be one for several more years. However, the angular, sharp lines, of the S13 weren't necessarily everybody's cup of tea. Nissan made one of the most noticeable change-ups to its lineup of cars for the '94 model year in order to gain a wider appeal. Out with the boxy, angular, designs of the Skyline and Silvia and in with newfound curves. The new, rounded bodywork allowed for the car to be slightly wider and lower than the outgoing Silvia but with only a marginal jump in the physical dimension. The lowered stance only helped aid the already nimble handling characteristics that the S13 was known for. Finished in hands down one of the most popular color options; Pearl White (WK0) really accents the new body lines and the wide rear tail lights. The aero has been kept all stock, with the factory side skirts, rear spats, and rear wing. The paint and body have been kept in great shape. The underside of the bumper has a few scuffs due to the height, but nothing out of the ordinary. The body is in the same boat, nice and straight with door gaps that line up properly. The only change-up from the stock appearance is the 17" Enkei Altia N1 wheels.
The new and improved interior is a fantastic upgrade over the S13's. The dash layout is much more refined while keeping the layout easy to read. While it is still an S chassis at the end of the day, we're pleased to report that this dash does not have any of the typical cracks or damage. While the interior itself is nice, several items have been upgraded to make your commute more enjoyable. While the fixed back Recaro seat may be a little extreme for the day to day drive, it's in pretty good condition. There is some wear along the top edge from getting in and out, where most buckets are susceptible to wear. The passenger and rear seats look great, free of any tears or notable stains; as are the carpeting and door panels. The wood grain Momo wheel is a particularly nice upgrade as this wheel looks good in just about any car. The NavaN shifter is a unique accessory catalog piece that we don't see often. Above that is a replacement double din, while limited here in the US, does make it easier to switch in something more US friendly. Otherwise, everything is OEM and looking good. The power accessories; mirrors, windows, and locks all functioning properly. It even has automatic climate control with cold A/C.
Power comes compliments of Nissan's aluminum block SR20DE. While most complain about the naturally aspirated version, driving it will make you second guess yourself. The power comes on quickly as there's no turbo lag to deal with and it pulls very linear all the way through the rev range. And if you can manage to keep your foot out of it, you'll actually return some solid MPG's as this would make a fantastic daily seeing as it only has 99K miles. The 5-speed shifts phenomenally which in turn makes the NA power band even more exciting. Clutch engagement is smooth and hassle-free. The gearbox is well sorted and a blast when you get out into the backroads. Adjustable Tein coilovers only take that a step further. Offering both a more stable feel and a more fitting ride height than the stock suspension did. To help compliment the NA 2 liter are a Blitz intake in conjunction with an APEXi catback exhaust. Both help to liven things up, especially in the sound department. After getting fresh rubber on all 4 corners and a standard oil change this Silvia is ready to hit the streets. Mechanically simple to work on, with parts readily available, what's not to love about the S14? Currently, the way it sits you already have a great platform to start from with some nice upgrades already in place or simply leave it the way it is and just enjoy driving it. The world is your oyster and the Silvia is its pearl.
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