There’s one performance car that has really caught my eye lately: The Nissan IDx Freeflow concept. The ID represents the word, “identification”, while the letter X is meant to showcase new future values and dreams. Interesting idea considering it is a “concept” car after all..
Not much is known about it as far as specifics go, but rumors on the street are saying it’s based on the Nissan Silvia platform. As far as anybody’s guess goes the engine inside is still a total mystery..However, after some digging around I was able to find Nissan stating it’s between 1.2 and 1.5-liters in displacement.
Which did get me thinking about this.. Imagine if Nissan popped the Juke Nismo’s engine into this ride and called it a day. That’s a strong running 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with an impressive 230 horsepower at the wheel.
Pair that with a manual transmission and you have a match made in heaven. Paired with a CVT though, and it might have problems..
Where this car really shines though is in terms of the overall design and styling. It’s incredibly minimal but the subtle touches on the interior and exterior make it stand out quite well. The Nissan IDx has that iconic box shape I’ve seen from their older racing machines of the past. But it’s far from outdated, in fact, it seems almost too futuristic and that’s not a bad thing at all.
The impression I take away from it is an ultra-sporty style that’s begs to be showcased in all its glory on the race track. And surprisingly it will be!
Nissan’s Executive Vice President Andy Palmer confirmed Nissan wouldn’t build out both models, but he did state that they would put one of them into production. Could it be the modern-day Datsun 510? I can only hope so…
Andy also gave a bit of his own reasoning behind it:
“What I really expect is that, when I was a lad, I aspired to a sports car as a bit of a bad boy, and what I’m really looking for is to inspire that same positioning for kids who are coming through today who apparently aren’t that interested in cars. We have to re-engender that excitement for motor cars.”
All in all, it does make for an interesting situation when you consider that Nissan recently stopped production on the Altima Coupe this year. From how I see it there’s a gap the company needs to fill and the IDx looks like a solid candidate.
The Altima Coupe although fast with the V6 engine, wasn’t a true sports by nature, often attracting more women than men. But regardless, one thing is certainly clear when you take a moment to look at the sales volume of the Subaru BRZ for instance. There is a strong running demand in the sports segment among buyers.
Now there are some people complaining it’s far from practical for everyday driving usage, but does it really matter to begin with? It’s a lightweight compact vehicle that needs to stay at just that. The moment you start wanting more headroom, a back seat, and a larger trunk it’s going to make a turn for the worse.
The Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept Development: