Nissan, or Datsun as it was then called, has a long history of manufacturing simple, appealing cars that offer an unmatched level of easy-to-use performance, starting with the immensely popular 240Z coupe of the 60s. The company tried its hand at it again with the 1994 Nissan 200SX, which was an almost perfect car. It was a roomy two-door coupe with a notchback styling, had excellent performance and handled like a champ. True to its roots, it was also very reliable. Drivers could enjoy excellent visibility, a functional and well-designed dashboard as well as superb seating position, and more.
The 200SX was powered by a turbocharged, 2-liter four-cylinder engine (inline) that produced a smooth 200 horsepower, with no turbo lag to speak off and plenty of torque, and coupled with an excellent smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission, was a pleasure to drive. Thus equipped, the 200SX could reach a top speed of 143 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 in 7.5 seconds or less.
The problem with the 1994 Nissan 200SX is that customers didn’t care much for the styling. It was too subtle and understated for the car’s performance, and it didn’t really sell. A face-lift was introduced to update the car’s look to something more aggressive, but potential buyers had already turned to other, sportier options.