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Car reviews - Nissan - 200SX - Spec S coupe

Suspension

Nissan logo30 May 2001

By BRUCE NEWTON

THE 200SX features long-travel MacPherson strut suspension with transverse lower links, torsion rods and an anti-roll bar, while a modified version of the multi-link system found on the former 300ZX does the work at the rear. The variable rate suspension bushes are filled with fluid (silicone) to reduce noise. The Helical limited-slip differential (fitted to manual models) assists the suspension by sensing any increased demand on either drive wheel, and then distributing power smoothly between the two wheels. Suspension has been stiffened all around and front and rear anti-roll bars have increased diameter and thickness. Wide-based diagonal lower A-arms and lateral links and upper twin convergent links are arranged to prevent dive and squat.

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A 1997 left-hand-drive 200SX with dual airbags was crash tested by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which gave it a very good report card. Only a full frontal collision was undertaken, in which the driver's side provided a 10 per cent or less chance of serious injury (five stars, the highest possible rating). The passenger's side provided an 11-20 per cent chance of serious injury (four stars)

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