Ultimate 240SX Engine Guide
We to you everything you need to know about the Nissan 240SX engine lineup.
Nissan CA18DET – Everything You Need To Know
We get under the skin of Nissan’s CA18DET, covering history, specs, reliability and tuning potential of this classic JDM inline four.
Rare Dark Green Nissan 200sx S13
Here in the United Kingdom the version of Nissan’s S13 chassis that we received was called the 200sx. Our domestic 200sx was equipped from the factory with the CA18det turbo engine and (for most models) a five speed manual gearbox. Designed from the factory back in 1989 as a competent, modern tourer, the 200sx is still fulfilling many different roles today thanks to dedicated enthusiast owners like Brandon Sharp. Make & model: Nissan 200sx Model year: 1994 Engine: CA18DET Turbo: T28GTX Brandon bought his car in early 2015 and has built it up to be a rapid and reliable sports car. Brandon’s car is 1994 model year car which means it was one of the last Nissan S13’s that Nissan sold in the United Kingdom before they released the S14 chassis (also named the 200sx) around 1995. The car has been upgraded with performance parts under the bonnet and under the bodywork to raise the performance envelope and to increase reliability – something that is arguably more important as these cars are quickly becoming classic cars, with rising values to match. Under the bonnet Brandon has equipped the car with a front mounted intercooler, 444cc fuel injectors, Z32 MAF (300zx MAF allows greater airflow over stock MAF), aluminium radiator, electric fans, BLITZ Nur Spec R 3″ turbo back exhaust system and a Garrett T28GTX turbo charger. With these performance modifications fitted the car is now producing 280bhp at the flywheel from it’s 1809cc four-cylinder engine, roughly a 90bhp increase over the stock 171bhp factory quoted power output. With the increased performance Brandon decided to fit a set of Apex Performance coilovers to the car, improving stability and comfort in the ride whilst removing most of the ‘sloppiness’ from the handling when pushing on. The coilovers are fully adjustable and he lowered the ride height to a sportier level. To replace the dated 15″ OEM rims he opted for a set of 17″ ROTA Boosts. Inside the car things are pretty much stock barring a custom (half cage) rollcage that Brandon designed and built himself. Outside the car the bodywork is how Nissan intended it barring a front number plate delete and a rear light conversion from a late model 180sx Type X. The coachwork is painted from factory in the rare Dark Green metallic (#DH0). Building upon the solid Nissan 200sx base Brandon has updated, upgraded and tweaked the whole car to make it fit what he needs it to be. The result is a fast and capable car that would humble more modern machinery while being comfy enough to use as a daily. I love the S13 for being this ‘any size fits all’ platform; with enough effort and money you can create satisfying and reliable daily drivers, drift cars and track spec race cars all from the same platform. I think it is for this reason that enthusiasm for Nissan’s S13 is not waning and why we will have many more years to enjoy discovering cars like Brandon’s…
Home Built Hero – Graphite Grey Nissan 200sx s13 EDM
Here at the 180sx Club, we love the Nissan s-chassis – we are especially partial to S13’s… We do not discriminate with our enthusiasm for this platform; we love fully built 500bhp plus tarmac shredding monsters and we love more basic cars such as Frederik Fuhrhop’s Graphite Grey EDM 200sx. Make & model: Nissan 200sx Model year: 1992 Engine: CA18DET Turbo: T25 Frederik’s car is an early nineties Nissan 200sx manual which came fitted with the tunable CA18DET engine. The European Domestic Market version of the car comes equipped from the factory with a T25 turbocharger, wing mounted intercooler and limited slip differential. Power from factory should be around the 180bhp (flywheel) mark. This example has been modified for reliability and to increase driving pleasure. The car is fitted with a large front mounted intercooler to cool the intake charge, aftermarket intake, 2.5″ exhaust system, heat wrapped tubular manifold and a boost controller. The car features aftermarket shocks and springs and it has been fitted with a ‘Sleepy eye’ kit to give those gorgeous popups a fresh look. Moving inside the car Frederik has kept things simple with a suede, dished OMP steering wheel, aftermarket wheel boss and an upgraded stereo. The car has recently been fitted with a set of larger aftermarket wheels. Frederik has put in the spanner time for every job on this car that has needed doing since he has owned it – now if you have ever owned an older car, especially a well used Nissan s13 then you should appreciate the amount of ongoing effort and cost that running a car like this every day can incur. Frederik is a true enthusiast and we salute his enthusiasm to stick with and to enjoy his Nissan 200sx. Thanks for sharing your car with us Frederik!
Carl’s Nissan 200sx S13 daily driver
Welcome to Carl Mossy’s highly modified Nissan 200sx S13 daily driver.