Nisota Cedlet 280E Turbo
The Nisota Cedlet may sound odd in your ears, but it takes the very best of the Nissan Cedric 430 and Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 and combines that into one single car! The Prince Skyline S54 with it’s enlarged nose was already a daring product, but a Starlet with such a treatment even more! This is bigger than the Nisota Sillet K Turbo and the only car coming close to this concept might be the AMC Gremlin…
The front section is taken from the Nissan Cedric 430 and the rear section is taken from the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82.
The fusion of these two cars was born out of the necessity to cut costs and both manufacturers combined forces, combining the best of both cars into this new Nisota Cedlet.
Nissan and Toyota deemeed it a good idea to combine the front of a hardtop sedan and the rear of a 3 door hatchback.
Due to the short front doors of the Cedric, the car sits on a short wheelbase, but that’s compensated by the increased width of the car.
Also the addition of a third door turns this sedan into an practical hatchback.
The Nisota Cedlet combines the late showa and bubble era. Near the end of the Showa period money was no longer a problem: more luxury was wanted in each generation of the Cedric.
The Starlet GT Turbo was a perfect example of bubble era thinking: youngsters who were wading in cash were eager to buy the top of the line performance model.
The Nisota Cedlet has 3 doors and the total length of the car is 4093mm.
Due to being a hybrid between a sedan up front and a coupe in the rear, the wheelbase is now extra short, measuring 2104mm in total.
The weight of the car also changed from 1360 kilograms (Nissan Cedric 430) and 830 kilograms (Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82) to 1004 kilograms (2215 pounds).
|Number of doors||3|
|Front suspension||McPherson struts|
|Rear suspension||solid beam axle with suspension arms|
Engine and drivetrain
|Bore x Stroke||86 x 79|
|Power||143 hp (107 kW)|
|Torque||226 Nm (167 lb.ft)|
|Gearbox||5 speed manual|
Even though this Cedlet features the powerful L28E engine, it’s 0-60 times are bad due to non of the wheels are driven…The turbo charged version of the L28E can only be found in the Datsun 280ZX Turbo, and unfortunately this isn’t one.
280E Turbo trim level
The 280E Turbo mixes the best out of the Nissan Cedric 280E Brougham and the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo.
The L20ET was only available on the Excellent trim level, that nearly matched the Brougham but did receive the additional two tone paint.
In the rear Toyota put a combination of a solid beam axle and suspension arms, making it effectively a torsion bar.
The TEMS (Toyota Electronically Modulated Suspension) automatically switched from normal to hard under heavy braking, acceleration or cornering.
The original front: Nissan Cedric 430
This particular model of the Nissan Cedric 430 was sold in 1981. The body style is a door hardtop sedan.
After the Prince merger the Nissan Cedric and Prince Gloria were basically their direct competitors. As both Prince and Nissan kept their own separate dealerships (only the Prince name got replaced on the cars itself), the Gloria lineup was kept. Starting from the third generation Cedric (230) the Gloria joined and shared the platform, engines, trim and most bodypanels. This meant that the two cars were visually almost the same and are sometimes hard to distinguish from each other. The fifth Cedric (430) was no exception to this and the most obvious difference between the Cedric and Gloria of this generation are the different grilles and crests.
The Nissan Cedric 430 ad campaign
The Cedric is coined by actor Hideaki Nitani (二谷英明), who is most famous for the leading role in the movie Tokyo Drifter. As Hideaki Nitani is a distinguished actor, he has to emphasize the luxury and class of the Cedric.
The Nissan Cedric 430 in popular media
The Cedric was a popular police chase car in the various cop series throughout the 70s and 80s in Japan. Especially Seibu Keisatsu (西部警察, Western Police) was reknowned for their police car scrapping schemes throughout the final car chases during each episode.
Car and Owner: Sumika’s 1979 Nissan Cedric SGL-E Extra by Wasabi Cars
The original rear: Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82
This particular model of the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 was sold in 1990. The body style is a door 3 door hatchback.
The Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 was a polongation of the 80s hot hatchback race by each manufacturer and a worthy successor to the Starlet Turbo S EP71. The new P80 Starlet was introduced in 1989 and it was an instant hit!
The Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 ad campaign
In the typical late 80s and early 90s, the Starlet GT Turbo ads were whacky. Don’t expect any Japanese celebrities showing up in these ads: they’re simply too weird for that!
The Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 in popular media
The Toyota Starlet EP82 was very popular with the 90s boy racers: the engine was highly tunable due to the absence of an airflow meter and it could zip through the tight corners of togues quickly as the Starlet only weights 830 kilograms.
Left To Rot: TRD Equipped, Toyota Starlet GT Turbo – EP82 by Wasabi Cars
The Nisota Cedlet certainly is a daring product by combining two cars from two different manufacturers. It really took guts from Nissan and Toyota to come to this consensus and that’s certainly something to be remembered for. It may not be 100% up to the tastes of typical buyers from Nissan or Toyota, but the car being sold under the brand could potentially attract new customers that they normally wouldn’t have had.
Keep in mind that this is an automatically generated artist impression what could be a possible mashup between the Nissan Cedric and the Toyota Starlet. This is not meant to offend any person nor mock a specific car or car brand as all cars and car brands in our database are mashed up randomly. The gods of randomization feel that this was the proper hommage to both cars and highlighting their strong and weak points. In the end, just imagine this newly created car was a real thing and existed out of cost saving necessity. This isn’t the first time such a thing happened, hence we now have to live with the Toyoscionbaru BRZFR-SGT86 and soon with the ToyoBMW Z4Supra.
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