Nissan 240SX S13 was first introduced in 1988 as a new model within the line of sport coupes, Nissan Silvia. The 1980s stood out in the history of the Japanese manufacturers. The demand for Nissan vehicles in the US and Canada was steadily increasing, and it was only logical that in 1980 the company opened Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation (NMMC) in Smyrna, Tennessee. Over the course of the next ten years Nissan introduced new models, won awards in racing, and gained overall recognition. It all paved the path for the of success of Nissan 240SX S13.
Before its introduction to the North American sports cars market, S13 conquered the heart of auto lovers in Japan. In 1989, the same year the car went on sale in the US and Canada, it won the Japanese Car of the Year Award.
Nissan 240SX S13 was available in three body styles – coupe, hatchback, and convertible, with the convertible style only launched in the US. Each body style had its own lineup of trim levels: base and SE for the hatchback and base, XE, LE, and SE for the coupe. Nissan S13 manufactured in the US looked differently from its Japanese counterpart. Both versions had the same sloping front. However, the North American S13 was distinguishable through pop-up headlights.
The models introduced to the European, Japanese, and North American markets were also distinguished through their powertrain. Nissan 240SX S13 sported a naturally aspirated 140 hp SOHC KA24E engine with three valves per cylinder engine.
Shortly after its introduction, S13 became a popular choice in the sport of drifting as its shorter wheelbase, affordable price, impressive performance, and more than sufficient aftermarket support were found very advantageous. The model even made appearance in quite a number of video games, Midnight Club and Forza Motorsport, to name just a few of them.
Nissan 240SX S13 was and is still often used by auto lovers for additional upgrades. They see its clean simple design as blank canvas to change the vehicle further enhancing the performance and making its looks more futuristic.