We dropped some syllables about a possible Nissan Silvia rebirth in the September edition of “Intel.” Nissan’s need for a FR-S/BRZ fighter is pretty clear now, as Scion and Subaru can’t keep them on the showroom floor and Motor Trend reports the Silvia rumor has gained some traction. But in our opinion it has also lost some of its original appeal. Motor Trend says the ‘Mini-Z’ may end up as a front-wheel driver possibly built on the Juke/Cube/Micra platform with the design being handled by Nissan’s Chinese design arm. While styling cues from the Juke are mentioned as possibilities the Juke’s 1.6-liter turbo four is tabbed as a leading contender. The Juke’s all-wheel-drive is still a possibility and, in our opinion, is a must for the Mini-Z to work as a FR-S/BRZ fighter. The price being tossed about is $22,000 which works but if the driveline description starts with an ‘F’ it won’t matter. The Mini-Z seems to be aimed at the Chinese market but Motor Trend suggests Japan and Europe may get limited distribution while American consumption is still under consideration.
Nissan's Mini-Z Aims at the Under $25K Sports Car Segment - Intel