The Nissan Pulsar GTI-R (known as Sunny GTI-R in Europe) was manufactured between 1990 to 1994 in Japan. Spawned by a full model change in 1990, the GTI-R was the only 3-door hatchback amongst the fourth generation Pulsars.
The GTI-R’s engine was based on the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder DOHC turbo SR20DET 2.0-liter inline power unit. It has a power output of 226hp and 209.7 lb-ft of torque. This was made possible by modifying the engine’s 4-butterfly-throttle intake and exhaust systems.
The body also underwent substantial changes, such as large front and rear spoilers being added, and a large diameter air intake placed on the hood. The drive this car produced was truly impressive, and the way its compact body accelerated made the driver believe that there was a much bigger engine under the hood.
The GTI-R hugs the road and provides fantastic cornering ability thanks to the four-wheel drive system. Though the car’s heavy front-end could often lead to understeer and become a problem unless care is taken.
Due to the GTI-R’s impressive driving performance, it is still popular amongst tuners and car enthusiasts around the world.