1999 Nissan Silvia Spec-R review and pictures

Posted on Friday, 26 January 2007 , 16:01:50 byAlina

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Nissan Silvia Spec-R

The 1999 Nissan Silvia Spec-R is highly appreciated on the Japanese market, boasting an output of 247 HP. Six generations were before the 1999 Silvia Spec-R and the Silvia has evolved with improved engine and styling since the generation three forward, setting a standard for sports coupes in Japan with the FJ20DET 190 HP engine. Two distinct packages were available for Silvia in Japan, the slightly more subdued Spec-S together with the performance orientated Spec-R. Several packages including the V-package, Class-B, Style-A as well as an Autech-produced Varietta folding hard top convertible based on the Spec-S, are offered by Nissan among the Spec-R cars. The S15 was developed in order to offer an increased performance for competition in the Japan Grand Touring Car Championship and it shares with the Skyline GT-R the differentials and aluminum suspension components. In addition, the engineers strengthened the body for rigidity in a similar way as the Skyline GT-R. Takeshi Tsuchiya and Yuji Ide proved the Silvia as a successful racecar, as they obtained several important victories in their class.

The Nissan Silvia is the best appreciated in the Japanese market. The car has 247 horsepower Silvia called the Spec-R.

The 1999 Silvia Spec-R has 6 generations that came before it. In 1964 with the CSP311 the first one was the Silvia range, a twin passenger coupe hand-built upon a modified Fairlady 240Z chassis. From this generation was sold only 500 cars. Starting with the third generation , known as the S10 the company started to make a progress and this S10 was sold well in Japan and abroad.

From generation three forward, the Silvia evolved with engine and styling updates: by 1983, the S12 Silvia set the standard for sports coupes in Japan by having the FJ20DET 190 horsepower engine. The following S13 generation came equipped with Nissan's HICAS four wheel steering which greatly increased the level of technology for all Silvia's thereafter.

The final edition of the Silvia, the S15 was, for most parts of the world, a styling upgrade. However, in Japan, the Silvia was offered in two distinct packages: the performance orientated Spec-R and the slightly more subdued Spec-S which is similar to what shipped for export.

Among the Spec-R cars, Nissan offered several packages including the V-package, Class-B, Style-A and an Autech-produced Varietta folding hard top convertible based on the Spec-S. With the amount of versions available, S15 owners were motivated to modify their cars.

Nissan wanted to increase the performance for competition in the Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC) when developed the S15. Lessons learnt with the Skyline GT-R were carried over into all models of the S15 Silvia. For instance, both cars share some aluminum suspension components and differentials. Additionally, the body and particularly the underbody were strengthened for rigidity in much the same manner as the Skyline GT-R: Front crossbar, rear floor stays, a trunk bar and a rear crossbars were added.

Alongside the Skyline, the NISMO S15s competed in the GT300 Class of the JGTC. With several key victories attained in their class, Takeshi Tsuchiya and Yuji Ide proved the Silvia as a successful racecar. After Nissan boosted the image of their S15 Silvia in JGTC, it became one of the most sought after of all the evolutions.