Keep your finger on the Pulse
The Nissan Pulsar GTi-R is one of the quickest small cars offered by the giant car maker.
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The principle of making a car based on a lightweight and tight chassis and then bolting around the biggest engine around does indeed work.
To obtain a 200plus SR20DET bhp engine in this car is a tribute to the determination of the Nissan WRC Rally team to create something which could comply with the Group A rules. The engine boasts 16 valves along with a DOHC arrangement controlling the exhaust and intake valves separately.
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Because the engines are so highly stressed they are often prone to failure and reliability issues. If properly serviced and maintained and sympathetically driven there is absolutely no reason why this ought to be the case. When buying look for a big batch of check and receipts the car has been fastidiously serviced.
The Pulsar GTi-R is phenomenally quick – considering the year it was built it still remains one of the fastest mass production hatches around.
The large vent in the bonnet is the first hint that this car is one thing special. A huge rear spoiler and front vented bumper further hint at the power being offered. The seats and interior reinforce the sporty feel of the car.
The following mods are usually done by our members, decide how far you want to go before you begin.
Stage 1 mods: Exhaust, Panel air filter, Remap, lighter flywheel
Stage 2 mods: Fast road ported, cam and polished head, fuel injector & fuel pump upgrades,
Stage 3 mods: Engine balancing, forced induction (turbo/supercharger), Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves), competition cam.
So what can be done to improve on an already quick car? Looking first of all with the engine we will look at uprating the turbo. A boost controller mated to a aftermarket ECU will enable you to setup the engine map and maximise the return about the turbo upgrade.
A larger and more efficient intercooler will help bring the intake charge temperature down free and further up some more horses.
Fast road cams will lift the peak torque and bhp figures making the vehicle explosively powerful. Depending on the amount of power increase you are after you will need to ensure that the fueling matches the engines air intake. Bigger injectors and an uprated fuel pump would be the ideal solution.
Often owners look to boost the handling by fitting some fully adjustable coil overs. That method for you to set the car up to suit your individual driving preference. We would not recommend lowering your Pulsar by more than 35mm particularly if have fitted larger rims.