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1989 Nissan Silvia K’s

The fifth- generation Silvia (S13) – descended from the first-generation CSP311, launched in March 1965 – was introduced on May 17, 1988.

This car was developed as a compact specialty coupe with an emphasis on beauty and the driving experience. Exterior and interior shared the same design theme, and numerous advanced technologies, such as the multilink rear suspension, were incorporated to enhance performance. For this reason, the car was greatly appreciated by the younger generation, who are very particular about the way a car handles. The S13 was regarded as a high-quality product, and in 1988 it received the Good Design Award by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

The natural lines and curved surfaces of the streamlined styling set the S13 apart. Together with its interior – which, from dashboard to door trim and center console, featured a unified design – this car had the unmistakable look of a specialty coupe.

The multilink rear suspension was a new idea that was later adopted for the Skyline. Together with the HICAS-II 4-wheel steering system (option) and the 1.8-liter twin-cam engine (CA18DE/CA18DET), the car was equipped to provide an excellent drive.

The S13 was available in 3 grades: K’s, Q’s, and J’s. The top-of-the-line K’s was equipped with the S-pack (rear spoiler, projected headlights, 195/60R15 tires, etc.) which accentuated the sporty character of the car. Following a minor change in January 1991, the engine was changed to the twin-cam SR20DE/SR20DET.

In Detail

engine CA18DET Inline-4
aspiration Turbocharged
valvetrain DOHC
displacement 1809 cc / 110.4 in³
power 130.5 kw / 175 bhp @ 6400 rpm
specific output 96.74 bhp per litre
torque 226 nm / 166.7 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
front tires 195/60R15
rear tires 195/60R15
f brake size mm / in
r brake size mm / in
f suspension MacPherson Struts
r suspension Mulkti-Link
wheelbase 2475 mm / 97.4 in
front track 1465 mm / 57.7 in
rear track 1460 mm / 57.5 in
length 4470 mm / 176.0 in
width 1690 mm / 66.5 in
height 1290 mm / 50.8 in
gear ratios :1