Monday, March 7, 2016

12 Second Sleeper: 1998 Nissan 200SX

In 1995 Nissan recycled the 200SX badge (previously used on the rear-drive S12 Silvia) for a 2-door version of the B14 Sentra that was known as the Lucino in Japan. The 200SX was available in Base/SE trim with a 1.6 liter GA16DE, or SE-R with the 2.0 liter SR20DE -- both with 5-speed manual gearbox mated to the front with viscous LSD in the SE-R version -- a decently sporty proposition in the mid 90s.  Times change, so this next 200SX has been given an injection of speed with a few bolt on parts and can run 12.7 seconds in the 1/4 mile.  Zoom zoom indeed.  Find this 1998 Nissan 200SX offered for $2,500 in Norwalk, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.

Here is a list of cars that also run about 12.7 seconds in the 1/4 mile.
Audi RS6
BMW E90/92 M3
Cadillac CTS-V (2014)
Chevrolet C4 Corvette ZR-1
Chevrolet C5 Corvette
Dodge Viper RT/10
Ferrari 512 TR
Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
Lexus RC F
Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
Porsche 993 Turbo 3.6
Porsche 996 GT3 RS
Porsche Boxster GTS

Under the hood is a thoroughly massaged SR20DET 4-cylinder engine from a Nissan Avenir (a wagon version of the minivan-esque Nissan Prairie/Axxess) that is running 16 psi of boost from a Garrett GT2860RS "Disco Potato."  Even with 300+ horsepower on tap, it would be almost impossible to get a front drive street car into the 12s, but this one has a set of sticky Mickey Thompson drag radials that should drop the 60ft times to something reasonable.  It is far from perfect, (good luck if you live in a place that does emissions equipment or tailpipe smog tests) but the asking price makes it a pretty cheap way to go fast.

See a more affordable way to get into the 12 second range?

1 comment:

  1. It is best to perform some research so you do not make an impulse purchase when scouting for a used car. Vintage models are superior in quality so you can trust the workmanship even after so many years. However, some cars are better or worst than others in terms of conditions so you would have to test drive them to believe.


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