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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Nissan re-imagined Silvia in today's electrified vehicle trends

Recently, to commemorate the legendary Nissan Silvia, the Japanese car manufacturer had released several rendering images of the car which are re-imagined in a modern design interpretation featured with electric drive. What does the original Nissan Silvia look like? Let's get a look.😎
The Nissan Silvia EV concept re-imagined the first generation of the Nissan Silvia CSP311 in a modern interpretation featured with electric drive. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
Of course, for true automotive fans like You who always follow the stories of world-renowned iconic car models, surely are no stranger to this Japanese-made legendary car. Well, the mentioned car is a rear-wheel-drive compact sports car made by Nissan Motors, Japan.

As quoted of Wikipedia, this car began with the Japanese company's collaboration with Albrecht Graf von Goertz on the A550X project from 1962 to 1964. The first Silvia model was internally known as the CSP311, which debuted in 1965. It was a special semi-handbuilt construction that used the same chassis as the Datsun Fairlady 1600 SP311.
The Nissan Silvia CSP311 is debuted at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
Uniquely, the Japanese car was produced in two different production periods, namely the first production period from 1964 to 1968 in a limited number of productions due to its cost double of the next model in the lineup. Then the second production period was worked on from 1974 to 2002, and it was during this production period that could be said the Silvia to be mass-produced.

As quoted of Wikipedia, during this second production period the Nissan Silvia was produced in 7 generations. In the early 1970s the Silvia was built on the S10 chassis, and was further built on the S14 chassis for the American market started in 1980s and the S15 for the Japanese market until the end of production in 2002.
The Nissan Silvia EV concept is appeared with the fenders slightly dipped into the top of the wheel arches. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
And this model sits below the Nissan Z for those of you who are looking for a specific performance vehicle but want something more affordable. Beside that for you who are in America might be not know it under the name of Silvia, because Nissan never used the name for the American market, instead is known as the Nissan 200SX and then the 240SX.

Back to the Silvia EV, who's the man behind the future car does? Unmitigated the designer figure who made the design of the modern Nissan Silvia electric powered car is Matthew Weaver, the Vice President of Design of Nissan Europe. Reportedly, he did get a special assignment from the company of his to make the designs of the future Nissan Silvia electric-powered car.

As quoted of MotorTrend, that the Weaver's design specifically takes inspiration from the first generation Nissan Silvia, where he maintains a firm line that separates the top and bottom of the body from the original. Furthermore, Weaver only made minor changes by making the fenders slightly dipped into the top of the wheel arches.
The Nissan Silvia EV concept is designed by Matthew Weaver, the Vice President of Design of Nissan Europe. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
While, at the front, there are small round headlights without the grill, due to the EVs have different cooling requirements than conventional-engined cars, so the grille was removed. At the back, there is a small strip for the taillights that follows the line that runs along the side of the body. 

"Silvia was ahead of its time, in a very calm and understated way. We are very pleased that Nissan is bringing back the name of the Silvia which was once a famous model in Japan, and also in several countries," said Matthew Weaver.

"It has aged very well and will still have its place. It is also a great example of what is expected of a global product: high quality and universally appealing," he continued. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTORTREND | MOTOR1 | WIKIPEDIA ]
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