About the Sil-Eighty
one of my favorite cars, if you're a Mako & Sayuki fan, it's
probably one of yours as well. Nissan's Hybrid Wonder, the Sil-Eighty.
Now this is where I get all car-techie, so if you don't want any
of that, now's your chance to get out of it!
*manga based stat
@ rpm: 230 @ 6200*
Torque (km.ft. @ rpm): 33.6km @ 4000
don't get many cars much better than this. Powered by an SR20DET
(DOHC, Electronic Fuel Injection, TURBO) engine, the Sileighty
was made to tackle mountain paths, chock-full of dangerous
corners and hills. It's unique design and hybrid nature combines
the best of two worlds, the Nissan Silvia, and the Nissan
180SX. As shown during the series, Mako has no problem dismantling
competetors with the power of her car, her skill, and Sayuki's
but this pretty picture of the Sil-Eighty (scanned from model kit
box) is making you stay, right? ;)
the Sileighty is an interesting car... it's origins started with
car accidents, which turned into a trend, and then the manufacturers
realizing that they could cash in on the trend. Complicated?
I start, let me clear one thing up. The Nissan Silvia is the same
thing as the American released Nissan 240SX. The Nissan 180SX is
the same thing as the American released Nissan... 240SX HATCHBACK
version with retractable headlights. Marketing reasons is why Nissan
of America decided to keep both cars as "240SX," as they
technically were the same vehicle, just with a different body style.
is a difference between the Japanese and American 240/Silvias: In
Japan, Silvias have three levels of trim (K's, Q's, J's) K's being
the 2.0 Turbo charged SR20 engines which could pump out well over
200bhp, Q's being the non-turbo 2.0 liter engines putting out just
around 150-170bhp, and the J's, being the economy model. K's, Q's,
and J's directly refer to "King, Queen, and Jack." The
American Nissan 240SX, although not as strong as their Japanese
counterparts, did have larger engines, at 2.4 liters, but still
at stock, only produced about 155bhp.
when Nissan was making lots of sports cars, namely the Silvia and
the 180SX, many young 180SX drivers were out in the mountain paths
(YES, mountain racing is quite true) or wherever, trying
to drift. Results were usually unsuccessful, and many drivers ended
their nights with smashed and damaged front ends. So you've just
went broke buying your 180SX, how can you afford to pay for repairs??
Since the front end parts of Silvias were less expensive than that
of the 180SX, and just happens to simply bolt on without
many complicated steps, many 180SX drivers found themselves fixing
their cars, replacing damaged front ends with ones that of a Silvia.
just like that, a trend was born. 180SX drivers who didn't have
busted-up fronts were replacing their front ends with Silvias. I
wouldn't be surprised if some people intentionally drifted horribly
to dent their front ends, just so they could have an excuse to hop
on the trend. Before you knew it heavily modified street racing
180SXs with Silvia front ends were cruising around the streets of
wasn't too long before Nissan realized what was going on around
them, and they realized that: they weren't making any money from
all of this! So, plans began to move... it wouldn't be good for
Nissan's reputation to have built a car which was inspired by illegal
street racing, so they kept production of the Sileighty very low
key. And if I'm not mistaken, anywhere from 400-4,000 manufactured
Sileighties were every made.
the difference between a manufacturer made Sileighty and a homemade
Sil-Eighty? Well, first and obviously, the badge on the rear, which
normally says "180SX" on a 180SX reads "Sileighty"
on the factory manufacturer's car. And in order to entice people
to buy the Sileighty, Nissan beefed up the car slightly, to give
people notice. Factory manufactured Sileighties have an estimated
24.2 MORE hp, and 3.6 kms of torque. Now you've got a car that's
ready to hit the mountains right out of the factory, without any
outside tuning or modifications.
no longer manufactures Sileighties anymore, obviously. An estimated
5,000 180SXs are still built every year. The original manufactured
Sileighties, however are hot commodities at car auctions in Japan,
for example, one white Sileighty, going for a whopping 2.4 million
yen, roughly the same price as the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R (a car
that can kick any of our asses anyday) brand new! On a personal
note, I would rather build my own Sil-Eighty out of a 180SX, and
Silvia parts. Which I plan on doing before I die. ;)
a crude example that I compiled of what makes a homemade Sil-Eighty
(I will take ZERO responsibility if someone at home
tries this and f's up their own car.)
Sil-eighty can actually be argued if it's a true Sil-eighty. Anyone
who's paid close attention will notice that the back panel of her
car reads "180sx." As opposed to the actual Nissan manufactured
Sileighties, in which the back panel actually reads "Sileighty."
The argument of copyright laws is usually the final defense in why
Mako's car still reads a 180sx badge, so that the series doesn't
infringe that much into Nissan's products.
information is thanks to the following site: http://totfc.net/tenshi/sileighty.html