Nissan Silvia S14: Kouki and Zenki... (& the Chuki!!?)
What are these 2- no 3- types of the Nissan Silvia s14? Read to find out...
The Nissan Silvia S14 has been on my mind for a few months, and I just thought that I should post something about it. I did some research on the S14 and I found out a lot of things I didn't know about until now. (please comment if I got anything wrong since I got this info from many sources! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) Now, ladies and gentlemen, let's do a poll!
(above photo by Casey Dhnaram on Speedhunters.com)
After that poll, do you have in mind which is which? I might use different names for the cars from time to time. Now, let's start with the origin of the Silvia. The Nissan Silvia or 日産・シルビア, Nissan Shirubia, is the name given to a "long-running line of sports coupes based on the Nissan s platform. The S14 or 200sx was produced from 1993 to 1998 (1994 to 1998 in the US). It was soon discontinued for many reasons. (higher taxes, supply & demand). Now that you know the origin of the Nissan Silvia, let's get started on the S14!
Let's begin with dopey face, aka Zenki. The Zenki was the first version of the S14 line of the Silvia. "Zenki" literally means "previous generation" in Japanese. Chuki and Kouki also mean something as well, but that's coming up. A stock Zenki has straight front headlights and faded red tail-lights, it also usually comes with a stock spoiler. It has a length of 4,520 mm (178 in), a width of 1,730 mm (68 in), and a height of 1,295 mm (51.0 in).
Next in line is the mysterious "Chuki." I don't have much information on this variation of the S14, so I'll explain what I have. "Chuki" means "middle generation" in Japanese. The Chuki variation just had a few minor upgrades that advanced it's performance and made it a new car entirely. Now that you know that this even exists, let's go on to the last and (sadly) final version of the S14.
Ladies and Gentlemen, put your hands together for the final car introduced in today's article: Cat eyes! (XD) Cat eyes is the "Kouki" variation of the S14. "Kouki" means "later generation in Japanese. The Kouki is similar to the other two, just with a few differences. It got more aggresive looking front headlights (Cat eyes), and tinted tail-lights. Fascias and other exterior trim pieces were also revised, along with a turbocharger with more efficient ball-bearings. Sadly, the final model year of all S14's was 1999, and it is called the Touring Model.
There you have it folks, the NISSAN SILVIA S14!
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