|These photos and information were provided by Kyle Gilliland, John Tong, Jim Hatfield, and Chris Parker.|
|Produced:||Aug 1990 - Dec 1994|
(0 - 62.5mph)
(0 -.625 miles)
|Curb weight:||1250 kg|
(62.5mph - 0)
|Top Speed:||223.450km/h (139.66 mph); it's geared for rallying|
|Fuel Economy:||12.93/14.11m/g (city/highway)|
|Price (2/93):||20,200 pounds|
|Available Colors:||TJ1 - Blue Gray Graphite Pearl
KJ7 - Marble White
AJ4 - Red
KH3 - Super Black
|Before, I had a 200SX with the 1.8 turbo engine, rated at 169 bhp.
The Sunny didn't feel 60 bhp faster, so I mentioned this to the dealer. They fobbed me off
at first ("it's the four-wheel drive sir, you're not used to it"), but after
persistence they had it measured on a rolling road by a well-respected engineering
company. It measured 150 bhp at the wheels which I thought was evidence that it wasn't
producing it's rated power but the engineering company said that it was normal to lose
that much through the transmission of a 4-wheel drive car, since there are three
differentials rather than one!
But it is fast, and it holds the road pretty well. I recently tried out one of the new model 200SX, which has been given a detuned version of the same engine (198 bhp) but has been softened up a bit ("for the American market" !) and it was not too good - handling was much less precise and it was hard to pick a tight line round a bend.
The major issue with the Sunny is that it is uncompromisingly a rally car for the road, which means that it is hard, uncomfortable and very noisy. I bought a radio/CD player for it but it was a complete waste of money because you can't hear anything when the engine is running!!