Nissan NX1600/2000 is First Produced
The Nissan NX is a car produced by Nissan Motors.
The Nissan NX was essentially a B13 platform Nissan Sentra or Sunny with a different body shell. The NX was, loosely, an evolution of the Nissan Pulsar NX/Nissan EXA sold from 1987-1990, and it also replaced the Nissan Sentra hatchback.
NX1600/NX2000 (North America)
The NX1600 was based on the standard 1.6L Sentra (engine code GA16DE), and the NX2000 was based on the 2.0 L SE-R model (engine code SR20DE). It was produced from 1991-1993 in the US (mainly competing with the Mazda MX-3 and Honda CR-X del Sol). Also, it was produced for a few more years in other countries.
The NX2000 model had some mechanical improvements over its SE-R sibling. It had larger brakes and more aggressive tires on wider 6" wheels (195/55VR-14 with 14x6" wheels vs. the 185/60HR-14 with 14x5.5" wheels and tires in the SE-R). The NX2000 brakes are a common aftermarket upgrade for B13 Sentra SE-Rs. The NX2000 also had a center armrest, a larger two core radiator, and slightly lower ride height compared to the SE-R. However, the T-top roof in the NX2000 along with the mechanical upgrades made it slightly heavier than the SE-R.
The NX2000, with its light weight, stiff chassis, and limited-slip differential, was considered one of the best-handling front-wheel-drive cars of the time. In 1992, Road & Track magazine included the NX2000 in a test of the world's best handling cars against such competition as the Acura NSX, Porsche 911, Nissan 300ZX, Mazda Miata, and Lotus Elan.
The 100NX came with two engine options, a 1.6 L and a 2.0 L.
The 1.6 liter, made from 1990 to February 1993 had a carburetor fitted which tended to consume excessive fuel as it aged. From April 1993 onwards, the 100NX was sold with a more efficient fuel injected setup.
1.6 carbureted — 90 bhp (67 kW; 91 PS)
1.6 fuel injected — 105 bhp (78 kW; 106 PS)
2.0 fuel injected — 150 bhp (112 kW; 152 PS)
2.0 fuel injected — 140 bhp (104 kW; 142 PS) North American version
The 1.6 liter fuel injected version achieved 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 10.5 seconds and had a top speed of 121 mph (195 km/h).
The 100NX was mainly sold with a T-bar removable roof in Europe.
NX Coupe (Japan)
The Nissan NX was also sold in the Japanese domestic market as the Nissan NX Coupe. Some models were fitted with T-Tops, whilst others were hardtop. The Japanese domestic NX Coupe's came with either a 1.5 DOHC carburetted engine (GA15(DS)), a 1.6 DOHC EFI engine (GA16(DE)), a 1.8 DOHC EFI engine (SR18(DE)) or the rare 2.0 DOHC EFI engine (SR20DE)of the NX-R (Aus). The model was available in automatic or manual transmission. The 1.5 DOHC models were all fitted with digital speedometers, whilst all other engine versions had the standard analogue gage. All Japanese domestic models were fitted with electric windows, air conditioning, power steering, electric mirrors and central locking which locked the doors automatically at 18 km/h whilst driving.
In Australia, the 1991-96 Nissan NX was assessed in the Used Car Safety Ratings 2006 as providing "significantly worse than average" protection for its occupants in the event of a crash.
Twin Nissan subcompact sports coupes debuted during 1991, replacing the Pulsar NX. Built on the same front-drive chassis as the Sentra sedan, they came only in a 2-door hatchback body style. Two engines were available. The NX 2000 carried a 140-horsepower, twin-cam 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, also found in the sporty Sentra SE-R and the Infiniti G20 sedan. The NX 1600 borrowed the Sentra's 110-horsepower, 1.6-liter four. A 5-speed manual transmission was standard, with 4-speed automatic optional on both models. In addition to a larger engine, the NX 2000 got a firmer sport suspension, bigger wheels and tires, rear disc brakes, and a viscous limited-slip differential. A rear spoiler and fog lights were standard, rather than optional as on the NX 1600. A T-bar roof was optional only on the NX 2000. Antilock braking was available only on the manual-shift NX 2000, but both models had a driver-side airbag.
Didn't have any strong expectations, it wound up blowing me away. Torquey engine, impressive power, very impressive 32mpg economy. Bland cockpit, but the steering, shifter, and controls all offer very nice tactile feedback. With the rear seats folded down, the car offers tons of hauling space, par with most mini-SUVs. Lastly, T-tops? It's not a little roadster by any stretch of the imagination, but having that combination of power, versatility, economy, and still having the wind in your air makes it almost the perfect car!