This would make a lot of JDM fanboys very happy.
Nissan is currently better known for its upcoming electric vehicles like the Ariya than the sportscars that made the brand famous. Let's be honest, the GT-R is aging, and it's long past time for a replacement, no matter how good the R35 is. The Japanese company is trying to remind us that it used to make cool cars and still can with its upcoming 400Z, but the current 370Z tells us that the brand needs to really make the little sportscar fantastic to bring fans back. But what about a car that slots in between the 400Z and the as yet unconfirmed next GT-R? Enter the modern Silvia.
Lada designer Igor Sydoryk has taken it upon himself to pen his idea of the Nissan Vision GT concept with the Silvia - a 90s cult hero and modern drift icon - as the inspiration. As you can see from the images, the GT-R is a source of inspiration too. The Silvia aspect is what we're most interested in, however. That car came with a highly-tuneable longitudinally-mounted four-cylinder, a manual gearbox, rear-wheel-drive, and incredible balance. With hybrids and EVs taking center stage these days, a mild-hybrid four-pot with rear-wheel-drive and around 450 to 500 horsepower could be the perfect way to make Nissan cool again.
Obviously, this is nothing more than the depiction of one man's imagination. It's also unlikely that Nissan would choose to invest heavily in another new sports car, but considering how modular and easily adapted modern chassis components can be, it's not too much of a stress to imagine that such a project could indeed be viable. Of course, most modern electric performance cars are fitted with all-wheel-drive systems, but if an exception could be made for a car like this, it would undoubtedly go a long way to making enthusiasts more comfortable with the idea of electric assistance. If Ford can build an electric drag car, Nissan should make a hybrid drift car. Here's hoping that our fantasies come true some day.