You Must Buy This 1991 Pulsar GTI-R, Nissan's Forgotten Rally Car

When you want a JDM Nissan performance machine but an R34 Skyline GT-R is just too mainstream.

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Everyone, for good reason, obsesses over the R32 Skyline GT-R, but it wasn't the only cool homologation special Nissan made in the early 1990s. The Pulsar GTI-R was a tiny, all-wheel drive hatchback built so Nissan could enter the World Rally Championship. It was never sold in the US, but Shinku Classics in Houston has listed for sale at $13,995.

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was powered by a version of Nissan's famous SR20DET 2.0-liter turbo-four, here making 230 hp. The GTI-R also used Nissan's ATTESA all-wheel drive system that split power evenly between the front- and rear axles. That's not quite as clever as the variable-torque-split all-wheel drive system used in the Skyline GT-R, but traction didn't seem to be a problem for the Pulsar GTI-R, since it could hit 60 mph in five seconds flat.

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The Pulsar GTI-R street car was highly regarded, but unfortunately, its race-car counterpart didn't enjoy as much success, mostly existing in the shadows of rival cars from Ford, Lancia, and Toyota. That's likely the reason why the Pulsar GTI-R never reached the same legend status as the Skyline GT-R, which dominated near every race it entered.

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But for buyers looking for something really cool at a reasonable price, that might be a good thing. As Skyline GT-Rs continue to climb in value, enthusiasts might need to start looking at other neat JDM cars. This one will surely fit the bill.

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