Maybe there’s one in your town. There sure is one in mine. A maroon Nissan NX2000, parked over by where the houses meet the highway. It might just seem like any other forgettable ‘90s coupe with peeling clear coat, but these things are worth a look.
(Welcome back to Carspotting! It’s been a while but we’re back with The Worst Walking Tour of New York City, headed by me, a hack who is barely qualified to tell you how to get to the Empire State Building from here. We’re out to find the best cars of the Big Apple.)
The NX Coupe of 1990-1996 was the result of two branches of the Nissan family tree coming together. The first was the unfortunately forgettable RZ-1, which was a coupe version of the Sentra in the ‘80s, and the outstanding two generations of Nissan Pulsar NX (or Nissan EXA) that were coupe versions of the smaller Pulsar, also in the 1980s.
(If you’re wondering why there were so many random coupes from Nissan during that time period, look up the Bubble Era.)
In any case, the NX Coupe of the ‘90s was like a funky coupe version of the Sentra, and the NX2000 was like a funky coupe version of the Sentra SE-R. Yeah, the B13 SE-R that everyone goes absolutely nuts for and loves these days.
The NX2000 only weighed about 2,500 pounds and made do with a bit over 140 horsepower thanks to a non-turbo SR20 twin-cam under the hood.
You also got a factory limited-slip diff, even though the thing was front-wheel-drive. It had a five-speed manual, and t-tops. The good stuff.
They’re neat little cars, definitely overlooked and more interesting than you’d think. Kind of like the neighborhood where I always find this one, in quiet Windsor Terrace in Brooklyn.
Lots of interesting normal cars hang out around here, enough for more than one episode of Carspotting. I should get back to it, and that very interesting Jaguar. Locals will know which one I mean.