Car reviews - Nissan - 200SX - Spec S coupe
30 May 2001
By BRUCE NEWTON
THE 200SX is powered by a 2.0-litre, twin-cam, 16-valve, four-cylinder engine with an intercooled turbocharger and variable valve timing. It produces 147kW at 6400rpm and 265Nm of torque at 4800rpm - not bad for a Pulsar unit with a turbocharger bolted on. Official fuel consumption figures point to 10.0L/100km on the city cycle (manual), but be prepared to pay extra for premium unleaded petrol. The variable valve timing control system modifies inlet valve timing to boost low-speed torque and help eliminate turbo lag, while Nissan's Linear Charge Concept combines a small turbocharger inlet for low-rpm response with a large turbo compressor for top-end power. A closed loop turbocharger relief circuit keeps impeller speed up on throttle back-off. Sodium-filled exhaust valves provide good heat dispersion, while the oil jet cooled pistons were adopted from the twin-turbo Bathurst-winning GT-R coupe of the early 1990s.
Did you know?Nissan's first volume-selling sports coupe was the Datsun 240Z of 1969. Since then, Nissan/Datsun sports coupes have got progressively beefier - and pricier - and generally ended up in the luxury end of the market. Upholding this beefy and bold tradition, an "all new" 200SX arrived in Australia in October, 1994, five years after its release in Japan and sharing several components - including the brakes and rear suspension - with the 300ZX
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