Thursday, January 5, 2017

What's In A Name: 2001 Nissan Stagea 250tRS Four HICAS

The Nissan Stagea is commonly known as the Skyline wagon because it is essentially a longroof version of the Nissan Skyline/Infiniti G35.  It was never available in North America except in digital format on Sony's Playstation, but someone is selling one up North.  Find this 2001 Nissan Stagea 250T RS-Four HICAS offered for $5,500 CAD ($4,142 USD at publication) via craigslist located in Victoria, BC. Tip from JB1025.


For whatever reason the product planners for Nissan's branding in the USA chose simple names for their cars, like G35 or Altima, but in Japan the names were added to the back hatch like salt in a bowl of shio ramen. Keep adding until people make faces and then one more pinch. 



Under the hood of the Stagea 250T is a turbocharged VQ25 V6 that is rated at 280 horsepower from the factory, but real horsepower figures are higher before you start turning up the boost.  This RS Four version puts power to the pavement via all four wheels and it has Nissan's HICAS 4-wheel steering system.


Unfortunately Nissan only put a manual gearbox in the 350S (VQ35DE non-turbo engine) from the factory, so this M35 generation Stagea is equipped with a 5-speed auto gearbox. 


 Could you live with right-hand-drive and an auto-box for this beast? See something cooler? tips@dailyturismo.com

12 comments:

  1. Cool! Too bad it's illegal and also RHD. I really really hate having RHD in LHD country of vice versa. Just feels wrong, not to mention pretty dangerous.

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    1. I would actually take a gamble that RHD in a LHD country is much safer. You are closer to the right of the road, if someone crosses the road they are much more likely to hit the left side of the car than the right.

      You can also really scare people on the highway, people would probably think it is a driverless car.

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  2. Yes I could... but that 3/4 rear view of the brake lights... too much.

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  3. Rear lights not that different from Caddy Escalade except wider & Orange...lol.

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  4. V70 mated with an Escalade without benefit of a union blessed from above and begot this bastid. Have to be serious japanese fanboy in need of therapy to go all in on a slushbox with the wheel on the wrong side.

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  5. How many people drive on the right side compared to the left on this planet anyone know percentage....?

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    1. I've been in countries where either side was optional.

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  6. Right- and left-hand traffic - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    [image src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/32/Countries_driving_on_the_left_or_right.svg/400px-Countries_driving_on_the_left_or_right.svg.png"/]

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    1. i guess in Antarctica you pretty much make your own road

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  7. The photos in the ad don't do this one justice. Here is a page of better photos:

    https://www.google.ca/search?q=nissan+stagea+250t+rs+four&biw=1589&bih=781&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjZy6yUyKzRAhUmwYMKHX6PBokQsAQIOw

    I kinda like it. Looks very wagon-ish, and should go pretty well too.

    It had not occurred to me that our 15-year rule now allows 2001s. Woohoo!

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    1. Those pictures are much better really like the wagon interior is simple and clean design.

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  8. I currently live in Japan and these are actually much better looking in the flesh than in pictures. They look VERY similar to P2 Volvo V70 wagons of almost identical vintage. They are very spacious inside, comfortable, and decently quick, but not sporty. Which is surprising, since the previous generation Stagea could be had with a Skyline GTR engine and manual transmission! I own the Subaru counterpart to this, 2001 Legacy wagon GT-B Etune2!

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