Car reviews - Nissan - 200SX - Spec S coupe
30 May 2001
By BRUCE NEWTON
A SIX-SPEED manual and four-speed automatic transmission are available across the 200SX range. The manual features a double-cone synchroniser system on second and third gears to provide fast and smooth gearchanges. The electronically controlled automatic, codenamed DUET-EA, communicates with the engine's management system to provide smooth and timely shift points. The standard six-speed manual transmission is a close-ratio unit with an overdrive sixth. There's also a dual-mass flywheel and a clutch with no hydraulic damper. Nissan claims this set-up minimises power loss. The automatic transmission interface controls engine torque for quick, smooth shifts. Turbocharger control gives high boost at low throttle openings and maximum boost at high speeds in fourth and fifth gears (manual) and third and overdrive (auto).
Did you know?Nissan Motor Company officially commenced operations in Australia in 1966, but Datsuns had been privately imported from Japan as far back as 1934. Soon after the company displayed the Datsun 1200 model at the 1960 Melbourne motor show, Australian automotive industry figure Sir Lawrence Hartnett secured Australian distribution. After gaining a mutual agreement with the Hartnett Organisation, Nissan commenced local assembly of Datsun Bluebirds in 1966 at the Pressed Metal Corporation plant in Sydney, a year before the Datsun 1600 SSS was launched and propelled Nissan to 12,000 sales - the seventh biggest name in the Australian market. Local production bettered 20,000 in 1969
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