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6 July 2017

JDM obscurities: Nismo 270R

By Corey MitchellCorey Mitchell

If you're a Nissan fan or a Japanese car enthusiast you have probably heard of the famous Nismo 400R R33 Skyline released in 1997.

But did you know, three years prior, Nismo developed another ‘R’ series car? It was the Nismo 270R.

Upgrades galore. Upgrades galore.

Based on the Nissan Silvia S14 (known in Australia as the 200SX), the 270 produced a namesake 270HP(201kW) out of its SR20DET unlike the base model S14, which made 217HP(161kW). The 270R had many upgrades, such as a heavy-duty clutch, Nismo 2-way LSD, upgraded suspension and brakes. They threw out the chunky airbag steering wheel and replaced it with a light-weight one, stripped out the stereo and gave the car a kill switch.

You know it's meant for the track when it comes factory with less airbags. You know it's meant for the track when it comes factory with less airbags.

The 270R is more aggressive not just in performance but also style. It came fitted with the Nismo ‘Edge’ Aero body kit, vented bonnet and front mount intercooler.

Put a boost gauge in the door, why not? Put a boost gauge in the door, why not?

It also scored some rare S14 Nismo parts such as the 300kph speedometer, door panel boost gauge, and front / rear seats with bespoke trim.

The rear seats - clearly just for show. The rear seats - clearly just for show.

With only thirty produced (all in the black & pinstripe livery) the 270R is extremely rare and a true gem in Nissan's performance car history.

The vented bonnet looks a bit... aftermarket... The vented bonnet looks a bit... aftermarket...

Somehow, there is currently one (of thirty, did we mention?) for sale in the USA. It has 75,000km on it and has a Bride racing seat, so is not completely original. It still has a hefty asking price of AU$68,000, though.

Do you think this endangered JDM specimen from another era is worth the price tag? Let us know in the comments.

Check out the other parts in this series:

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