A Simple & Clean S15 At Tokyo Auto Salon

In this day and age, it seems like a build needs to be really over-the-top in order to stand out.

With all the crazy body kits, flashing lights, and big horsepower builds that fill up the halls of Makuhari Messe come Tokyo Auto Salon time, it’s always a treat when you come across a car that brings it all back down to Earth.


In the case of N-Stage’s wide-body S15 Nissan Silvia, everything is incredibly well executed but not overdone.

The extra girth added by the kit has been molded back into the body instead of being riveted in place, and made to match the S15’s original body lines. It’s something that helps enhance the look of the deep-dish Work Zeast ST1 wheels and pulls the overall exterior image together.

The most extreme things are at the rear, thanks to a wide spoiler with added Gurney flap and a quad-tip Akrapovič exhaust.


The interior also keeps it simple; aside from the driver’s seat being changed and a Nardi steering wheel added, it’s a pretty stock affair.


But the star of the show is most definitely what lies beneath the carbon fiber hood.


For a refreshing change of pace, the S15’s original SR20DE has been retained rather than swapped out for an RB or JZ engine. The owner also shaved and tucked the engine bay (something that seems to be catching on in the Japan show scene) which makes the four cylinder power plant really stand out.


It just goes to show – sometimes simple and elegant really is best.

Ron Celestine
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That’s not simple at all! Lol. The definition of simple is a factory body with no body mods and a nice clean paint job.


Not necessarily


That's interesting, in my mind what you have described is a 'neat' or 'clean' build. Simple for me is mechanical, no engine swap or auto with big stall converters etc.
But I do get what you mean.


inner fenders in the engine bay look like the back wheel wells on a domestic "Pro-Street" build that's been tubbed. Are the front wheels so wide they needed that, or is that the way the builder chose to shave the bay by just putting in a false wall over the clutter? it looks gussetted, so I assume it's structural?


I'm not into drifting, but I believe drifters do that to provide clearance for their angle (as in steering angle) kits.


Likely trailer fenders cut to fit the engine bay. Or at least that's what is often done in North America.

OEM metal out, trailer fenders in. Clearance for all.


This is a very beautiful example, but sadly ruined by that silly looking rear spoiler.


It would look much better if those hanging sides were lopped off just outside the supports.


more of that 4-door R34 next to it!


It's a lovely car! The lambo spoiler is definitely different.
That is a SR20DE engine though, unless they have done a really good job of hiding the turbo, piping & intercooler.


Good eye! I noticed that as I was scrolling as well.

I’m not a fan of cars with such a harsh show:go ratio. I know everyone defends the SR20DE but this car is really a 3 dressed up as a 9 without some real power, in my opinion only.


Without knowing details on the engine, that could easily be a 250+ whp build. Nothing wrong with that, we don't all crave 1000hp drifters/drag cars.


i like how in 2019 overfenders, vented hood, and large rear spoiler make a car simple and clean.


The last couple years were just that bad, haha!


I notice that the hole where the stereo sits seems quite unfinished. I would have at least liked to see a nice looking stereo in the dash instead of just an empty hole that looks unfinished.

Pancho Northmann

No snail, no intercooler,... NO T! Lol, without any power adder, that spoiler is going to live up to it's name. Nicely done, though. Kill the wing and I'm totally on board style-wise.


Im pretty sure this is not a gurney flap


The rear tail lights look like a 97-03 pontiac grand prix and I can't unsee it


Also fake Akrapovič exhaust. I am 100% sure they don't sell anything for sr20 . Or even sell mufflers without full exhaust.


I believe these are only Akrapovič tips, Aliexpress is full of them.


If you give them 20k they will make you a full exhaust even for a miata mk1. There is nothing impossible with money;)


I think that's NOB's car


I think that's NOB's cars


Lovin that wing. What's the word on that orange nissan next door?


The owner of that car is Takanori watanabi and he owns the shop called N-stage in yokohama. He also worked on my PS13 that was featured on here like 2 years ago and on NOB’s personal cars. The man does amazing work and fabs everything himself.


I love the S15, but is there any chance you're going to be doing a feature on the URAS ER34 next to it as well?


Quite beautiful except that wang, especially from the rear view


Simple, no. Clean, yes.


That rear wing definitely does not fit the category of simple or clean.