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Nissan IDx concepts inspired by Datsun 1600 & 240K

November 20, 2013

There’s no denying the highly fashionable trend of anything retro. And to embrace this, Nissan has created two very unique concepts inspired by perhaps two of the most legendary Datsun cars; the Datsun 240K/Skyline and Datsun 1600/510. The cars have just made their public debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

Nissan IDx Nismo and Freeflow-Datsun 240K and 1600

Called the Nissan IDx Freeflow and IDx Nismo, both are presented in a very futuristic and sharp-looking body design. Even so, you can see the genes and the resemblance to the classic icons shining through in various details.

The Freeflow – the 1600 – is all about daily living lifestyle. It’s envisaged as featuring a 1.2-litre or 1.5-litre engine matched up to a CVT auto transmission. It’s understood the concept would use a version of the platform underpinning the Infiniti Q50 mid-sizer, which means it would be rear-wheel drive.

Nissan IDx Freeflow rear

For the performance and Skyline enthusiasts the Nismo concept shows off a clear sporty edge, with racing numbers down the sides, a black bonnet, and aggressive styling. The front end is obviously inspired by the original Datsun 240K as is the C-pillar design.

It’s seen as using a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder matched up to a more sporty CVT with manual settings. It also features front and rear spoilers and a set of dark 19-inch alloy wheels.

While the likelihood of these awesome creations hitting the market any time soon is rather low, Nissan is thought to be working on a sports coupe to rival the popular Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ. There’s a chance some inspiration could be taken from these beauties.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • Travis Mexted

    The 240 should be powered by a 6, not a 4.
    What is this crap about a CVT? Give us a manual for crying out loud!!