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Nissan to show Toyota 86 rival sports concept at Tokyo show – report

October 21, 2013

With the Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ, and Hyundai Veloster all enjoying good sales in the entry-level sports car segment, Nissan will reportedly get in on the action soon and offer a new entry-level sports car of its own.

Nissan ESFLOW concept

According to a recent What Car report, Nissan is keen on introducing a new sports car underneath the 370Z. Of course, the first thing that pops into mind is the potential revival of the 200SX/Silvia.

It’s understood it won’t be a ‘Z’ car but it could borrow inspiration from some of Nissan’s iconic sports car of the past, such as the 200SX and 240Z.

As for the powertrain, details are still a little hazy at this stage but we could be looking at a rear-wheel drive layout incorporating a version of the 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder engine used in the new Pulsar SSS. In the SSS, the engine offers 147kW, which is a similar figure to the old 200SX sports cars.

Perhaps the biggest news to come from it all is the notion that Nissan will unveil a concept version at the Tokyo Motor Show next month. Nissan will apparently test the waters, so to speak, with a concept to gauge the reaction of the public before it decides to put anything onto the market.

Fingers crossed it’s the compact, rear-drive coupe that we are all hoping for. The Tokyo show starts on November 22.

(Image: Nissan ESFLOW concept)

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.