The 4th generation Pulsar was launched in 1990. This compact car was produced for the European market. Pulsar itself aroused a lot of praise, but when its new sports modification GTi-R appeared, the popularity of the model only increased. In the wake of the Skyline GT-R glory that Nissan revived a year earlier, it was easy to imagine that this car with its high speed characteristics would achieve extraordinary success only thanks to the abbreviation GTi-R. This model used an inline 4-cylinder 2-liter engine of the SR series with a turbocharger, which has the highest power among 2-liter engines - 230 hp
The Pulsar GTi-R was designed to revive Nissan's image as a strong rally car. It was equipped with Atessa suspension and 4WD FULLTIME all-wheel drive system with a central "thinking" differential. It used only a 5-speed manual gearbox. An air intake on the hood and a large rear spoiler leave an impression comparable to the Skyline GT-R. Participating in real rally competitions, this car did not live up to the hopes it had, and did not earn fame, as it was too heavy (especially its front end) and, as a result, had poor handling.