It’s been a good two-year run for Silvia fans.
In 2017, Otto gave us the (S13) 180SX and the S14.
Now, they’ve finished what they started.
The S15 is the most respected and iconic of all the Silvias, due largely in part to its inclusion in Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, in which the feature car from the opening scene is heralded as the “Mona Lisa” of drift cars. I much prefer DK’s 350Z with the Veilside bodykit, but that’s a discussion for another time. Rear-wheel drive, light weight, and plenty of cheap aftermarket bolt-ons make the S15 Silvia a perfect foundation for a track-day toy. To add to its mystique and allure, they were never exported to the U.S., creating a stereotypical want-what-you-can’t-have situation. A classmate once told me that his dream car was a S15, so there’s your proof. Not a Ferrari, not a Benz, but a freakin’ 1999 Nissan.
Ottomobile seems to understand consumer wants and needs better than the other companies out there, which is why they’ve given us not one, not two, but three colorways of this Silvia - again, the first of its kind in 1:18 scale. There are some collectors for which one is simply not enough, and I’m pretty sure I’m part of that contingent. Give me all or give me nothing.
The grey is the standard release, the white is a Kyosho-branded colorway, and the yellow is a collaboration with Route Twisk. Aside from body paint and packaging, there are no differences between these models.
I started by pre-ordering the grey model. Then, I added the white one to my cart to make the most of the flat-rate shipping. A few weeks later, I discovered the existence of the yellow colorway, at which point I pulled the proverbial “why not?”.
The result is the trifecta here. I have to say that the Silvia looks odd in yellow, and I’m as big a fan of the color as anyone. White is a favorite choice for Japanese sports cars, so you can’t go wrong there. However, grey is the gem in this trio, so that’s the one to get if you fall under the category of “most” collectors.
Otto’s S15 is modeled after the Spec-R Aero trim level. Opting for the Spec-R gives the Silvia a host of performance upgrades designed to improve the car’s handling, and checking the “Aero” box gives it the spoiler in the back. In stock form, the S15 isn’t an attention grabber, but I’ve seen customizers swap out the boring OEM rollers for proper racing wheels. The effect is tremendous, and I’m inspired to throw some bronze TE37’s on the yellow model. Just a reminder that I need to start taking my toys apart and tinkering with them.