Back in September, Nissan released some illustrations of an electric Silvia revival. Penned by Matthew Weaver, a vice president at Nissan’s European design studio, it pays homage to the original Silvia, the 1965 CSP311. At the time, it was just an assignment where Weaver was asked to come up with an electric car based on something from Nissan’s past. Now, the electric Silvia is apparently being seriously considered.
According to Japan’s Best Car magazine, the Silvia received a lot of positive attention. Though it existed only as a series of drawings, it left enough of an impression that it triggered a movement within Nissan to revive the Silvia as an EV. Best Car’s post merely says that a pure EV Silvia revival is “gaining momentum” and that Nissan’s goal is to “show that its history will continue even in the EV era by reviving its historical masterpiece in the modern age”. Best Car believes that such a car will debut in 2025.
If we read between the lines it indicates that back in September, when Weaver published his drawings, the Silvia was merely a one-off “what if” scenario. It was never meant to move beyond the illustrations. However, now it seems that the images have sparked someone to actually consider this as a, at the very least, something worth studying.
Perhaps numbers will be crunched, management pitched. As you know, these are just the first steps on journey of thousands before it even reaches the concept stage. And we know how many concepts actually make it to production.
Nissan was a leader in electric cars with models like the Leaf, but kind of stagnated and squandered its lead. Its upcoming Ariya is late to the game behind many other companies now offering an EV crossover. A sporty halo car like the Silvia would be a product no one else is offering yet, a stylish EV coupe. And capitalizing on Nissan’s heritage, it would be just the right car to make a strong statement and perhaps recapture the lead. They could even bring back the IDx or subsequent Silvia generations on the same platform. We dig the idea, as we explained back in September. But, we won’t hold our breaths just yet.
Images courtesy of Nissan/Matthew Weaver.