If you're looking for a capable car that'll stand out from the hordes of Subarus and all-wheel drive-branded luxury cars this winter, why not consider this car? It's a 1990 Nissan Pulsar GTI-R, sold in Japan when new, and recently imported into the States. It's , and you should buy it.
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The Pulsar GTI-R was built in the early 1990s to homologate Nissan's Group A rally cars in the World Rally Championship. It may just look like a normal Pulsar with a wing and a massive slotted hood scoop, but there's a lot lot more going on underneath. The engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four pushing 227 horsepower to all four wheels via Nissan's fully mechanical Altessa all-wheel drive system. It has a five-speed manual transmission, along with front, center, and rear limited-slip differentials. That means it can claw its way through pretty much any rough surface, including snow.
This particular car is located in Chelsea, Michigan, and has just 47,000 kilometers (around 29,200 miles) on the clock. It's number 1009 of the 5000 GTI-Rs ever built. The current owner says he's done a bunch of maintenance, including a new fuel pump, new alternator, new exhaust, new motor mounts, and refurbished seats. They've also added BC Racing coil-overs and Pirelli P Zero tires. Of course, being nearly 20 years old, it's not perfect. The dash is cracked, the air conditioning doesn't work, and it needs an alignment.
The car's listed . That might sound like a lot for an old Nissan hatch, but for the performance you get, we'd say it's a relative bargain.