What makes the Nissan 240SX the drifter's car of choice
As in-depth as we might want to get the real reasons behind the Nissan 240SX being such a great vehicle for drifting are pretty simple. Specifically, they already come lightweight from the factory and with rear-wheel drive are practically begging to be taken for a spin. Now, it's important to remind drivers out there with the 240SX that have yet to stretch their drifting muscles that there are locations across the province that allow you to take a tour in safe conditions rather than pose a risk to yourself and others on the road and that, if you are so-interested we definitely recommend taking the time to look for them.
A little history is never a bad thing and whether you'd prefer the pop culture side and prefer to take a moment to sit back and relax while watching "The Fast and the Furious" from 2001, where a highly-tuned version of a 1997 240SX was presented with Advan wheels and an expressive, oversized spoiler accompanied by Michelle Rodriquez, or you'd rather a little trip down memory lane to where it all started, well, that's entirely up to you!
If you've made it to this line we're going to go ahead and suppose that you've finished the film and returned or you're more interested in the car itself than the fandom it created.
So, it's the edge of the 1980s and Nissan is experimenting with the vehicle that's going to take over from the well-received but dated 200SX and concepts have been passed along through to development. The result of these efforts? The first generation of the 240SX arrives in Japan - under the name S13. It's offered in two variant forms - each with the option to choose a body style - either the hatchback or coupe.
Sharing the same bodywork as the 180SX the 240SX fit into the sport compact segment with plenty of aces up its shelve. Considered an advantage at the time in respect to style, both featured pop-up headlights, a deciding factor between the Japanese-market version - the Silvia - which had fixed headlights. Otherwise, most of the 240SX was the same - with identical interior components and powered by the 130 horsepower 2.4-litre SOHC KA24E engine with 3-valves per cylinder (as opposed to the turbo-charged model offered in Japan and Europe in the 180SX and aforementioned Silvia).
An advantage possessed by the 240SX has definitely been the multilink rear suspension, a feature that was relatively new at the time and could easily be seen as an improvement when contrasted against the rear-drive pony cars of the time with non-independent rear suspensions.
Four-wheel disc brakes were standard with options for anti-lock brakes - the vehicle continued in this way until 1991 when it received some updates including teardrop wheel-replacement with 7-speoke wheels for improved brake cooling and higher drag. The front of the vehicle was smoothed out while the engine was replaced with a 2.4 litre engine that made an easy 155 horsepower and tons of features for improved driving - including MacPherson struts and rear multilink suspension.
Following the success of the first generation, Nissan introduced an updated and entirely re-designed 240SX in 1995 which ran for 3 years before the final model rolled off the assembly line on in 1998 - ending an era that had really showcased the potential of these compact rear-wheel drive drifting-capable vehicles. To this day, the popularity of the Nissan 240SX has made them into collector items that can be spotted across North American, Europe, and Japan.