The Nissan Silvia s14, one of the most versatile and loved platforms in our scene. We’ve seen the craziest, weirdest, fastest creations come out on the S-chassis and this one is no exception. The Level One crew is originally from the Toronto area, however their Japanese chapter is representing them with such an astonishing fitments that they are well known in all segments of the globe.
Saito’s Kouki has been popping up for years now during most of the car shows/meets and it never fails to impress the crowd. It’s by far one of the (if not THE) cleanest example that you can find, it has also recently debuted under “Eye-Candy” in the Oxford Dictionary of English (okay that second part is not true.. but it should have!).
The subtle yet stunning look of the car is achieved by a Vertex Lang body kit from T&E, with a T&E wide fender on the front and a Chargespeed wide fender on the rear. He decided to replace the front grill, the head and taillights with the USDM version, as strange as it may seem, it’s a fairly common move from the Level One Japan guys. It’s always refreshing to see appreciation for domestic markets within another country and the US being repped in Japan is no exception to this. To complete the slick and stealthy look he opted for a set of Ganador side mirrors and an Arclyc rear window.
The great thing about this setup is that if you’re a man of fine taste (like Saito proves to be), you have the option to swap between nearly any type of wheels and it will still look great.
At this time the most 2 common wheels that he runs with a set of Volk TE37SL (duh.. obviously!) and a set of staggered RFP1’s from Enkei. The specifications for the latter are 18x 9.5j+15 on the front and 18×10.5J +15 on the rear.
The specs for the TE37SL (pictured below) are 18×10.5J -3 and 18×10.5j -8 on the front and rear.
The fact that this setup sits perfect (and isn’t completely bonkers in size) shows that you can achieve a showstopper look without having to go overboard.
To make sure that this static beast can roll around at this height safely, a set of G-Master Super Low suspensions were added and the tension rods and and rear arms were changed to ones from Megan Racing.
The interior follows the overall theme and while you may not find an arsenal of gauges inside, you will be greeted with a clean yet sporty look.
Everything inside is top of the range; starting from the Bride ZETA3 and GIAS2 seats throughout the Takata harnesses and the 7 points roll-cage with the AB Pillar welding clasp.
The steering wheel was swapped out for a Nardi Larry 330mm version and a very unique STACK meter took its place on the dashboard allowing Saito to neatly place the boost gauge as well (true ingenuity).
Make no mistake while this car appears to be living the “Low’n’Slow” lifestyle, Saito’s done plenty of work under the hood, so that he’s ready to get down and dirty with it for a good time!
While we don’t have any exact numbers on the power output of this S14, we know that the standard t28 turbo was changed to an HKS GT-RS one. Additional pieces include an HKS camshaft, a 1.2mm metal head gasket, an HKS F-Con V Pro and an HKS Intercooler. This alone should float the car in the 300-400bhp range.
The fuel delivery of the much hungrier engine is handled by the Tomei GT-R pump, 740cc injectors with the SARD regulator and a fuel hose from EARL’s.
Keeping the cool car in the warm weather and under some rough driving is a Koyo Flex aluminium radiator and a Flex oil cooler.
The “other side” of the engine wasn’t forgotten either and the manifold is now a gorgeus looking Altrack type s4 EX with a one-off front pipe connecting the GP Sports EXAS Power Catalyzer to it. The exhaust he’s using is also a one of 80Φ muffler, when he’s using one that is ;).
As you can see now this Silvia is truly a state of art and I have no doubt that we will come across it for years to come. One thing is for sure, Mr. Shun Saito (and really all the guys in the Level One Japan crew) has set the bar of quality very high.
As always there are plenty more pictures below for you to enjoy and make sure to share and comment, so that other people can see how beautiful simplicity can be!
Until next time.
Owner: Shun Saito
Photography: Rock Photograph / Yuta Onoda
HKS GT-RS turbine
HKS cam shaft (IN / EX 264 °)
HKS metal head gasket (1.2mm)
HKS F-CON V Pro
TOMEI GT-R for the fuel pump
TOMEI 740cc injector
SARD fuel regulator
EARL’s fuel hose
Altrack type S4 EX manifold
One-off front pipe
GP SPORTS EXAS power catalyzer
One-off 80Φ muffler
KOYOxFlex aluminum radiator
Flex oil cooler
G-Master Super Low suspension
MEGAN RACING tension rod
MEGAN RACING rear full arm
RPF1 (F: 18×9.5j+15 R: 18×10.5j+15)
TE37SL (F: 18×10.5j -3 R: 18×10.5j -8)
BRIDE ZETA3 driver’s seat
BRIDE GIAS2 passenger’s set
Nardi Larry 33Φ
7-point roll cage (AB pillar welding clasp)
T&E VERTEX LANG full aero kit
T&E Front wide fender
Chargespeed Rear fender
Acrylic rear glass
US taillights & headlights
Ganador aero side mirrors