Monthly Archives: April 2015

Meet Godzilla’s Little Brother, the Pulsar GTi-R!

The Nissan Pulsar GTi-R, aka “Baby ‘Zilla”

The Pulsar is normally a very boring, bland commuter car but Nissan decided to go racing with it and that’s where the fun began. In 1991, Nissan entered it into the Group A class of the WRC, pitting it against the Subaru WRX, Mitsubishi Evo, Lancia Delta Integrale and other rally legends. Thanks to the homologation rules Nissan was required to produce 5,000 models for public sale with 500 of those being the stripped down, race-ready GTI-RB models. The remaining 4,500 cars were the very similar but more street-friendly GTI-RA models. You can tell which is which by the VIN numbers; the RA has a VIN of EBYNRVFN14xxxx and the RB has a VIN of EBYNRRFN14xxxx.

Pulsar rally car

The Group A Nissan GTi-R

Between August of 1990 and November of 1994, about 12,000-15,000 GTi-R’s were made in total. The most were made in 1990 (good news for US buyers!). In 1992 Nissan changed some of the interior trim from pieces specific to the GTi-R to ones found across the Pulsar range, but otherwise the car remained unchanged throughout its run. Some ways you can tell an early from a late model include the Prince logo on the grill, a red GTi-R badge on the steering wheel and hollow (instead of solid) headrests. The model changes are purely cosmetic, so you can be assured that no matter what year Pulsar GTi-R you buy, you’re still going to get the same killer performance.

So what makes the GTi-R so awesome?

Simple, Nissan raided the parts bin. They took the motor from an S13 Silvia (an SR20, aka “red top”, with a big intercooler stuck on toppulsar gti-r motor) and the all-wheel drive system from the R32 Skyline GTS-4 and stuck it in a package with a curb weight of only 1220kg (1190kg for the RB models). This gave it a 0-100km/h time of under 5 seconds, a 232km/h top speed and a standing quarter mile time of 13 seconds. Nissan didn’t forget this was a road car though and added power windows, power locks, ABS, fully independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes so not only does this little hot hatch scream, but it’s very nice to drive on a daily basis. With it’s 2 liter motor, it’s not bad on fuel either (if you can leave your foot out of it!). No other hatches on the market today can compete with a Pulsar GTi-R’s power to weight ratio, and a stock Pulsar GTi-R will have no problems flying past a VW Golf R32, Audi S3 or Honda Civic Type R.

Ok I want one, now what?

Why should you buy Honda NSX (Acura NSX) from Japan?

You have probably heard that Honda NSX (Acura NSX in the States) is one of the most expensive sports cars ever made by Japanese manufacturers. Have you ever wondered why it is actually more expensive compared to other JDM sports vehicles? To find an answer for this question, let’s pay a little attention to Honda NSX’s development process and capabilities.

Initially, in the mid-1980s also known as the golden development period of Japanese car manufacturers, Honda committed itself to develop a car in order to beat the world’s top sports car manufacturers from Italy and Germany. This resulted in the development of Honda NSX which was originally targeted to rival the Ferrari 328 – the fastest and perhaps the most expensive cars of the time. Later on in the late 1980s, the plan was revised to beat the newly produced Ferrari 348 of Ferrari.

This resulted in the development of the rear-wheel drive two-seated Honda NSX with an all-aluminum body powered by an all-aluminum powerful V6 engine which featured Honda’s unique VTEC(Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) systems. The Bodywork design of the car was specifically researched through studying the 360 degree visibility inside a legendary F-16 fighter jet cockpit. Thematically, the F-16 came into play in the exterior design as well as establishing the conceptual goals of the NSX, resulting in optimized visibility of the car – Honda NSX, while the long tail design of it enhancing high speed directional stability of the car.

After all its developments, when the Honda NSX was first unveiled at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show, it was nothing short of a revolution, offering performance to rival the established competition produced by the likes of Ferrari through intelligent design. It was also the first production car to utilize a lightweight and incredibly strong aluminum monocoque chassis, together with never-seen-before-seen accessibility. Perhaps, it was the most technologically advanced car ever built during its time of the production!

However, apart from everything, up until today the most credit for Honda NSX given to its reliable. It’s probably the most reliable sports car even after 200,000 kms of its life mileage, still running like a champ.

As for the price of the car, the most people would range them from 60,000 USD to 80,000 and 100,000 USD depending on its condition. However, at JDM EXPO, we offers you the top quality Honda NSXs from Japanese domestic market at the most competitive prices in anywhere around the globe. We already have 10s of Honda NSXs available in our stock ranging from incredibly 17,000 USD to all the way up to 70,000 USD while all being in a great condition without any issues or accidents. We also deliver the purchase Honda NSXs in anywhere around the globe and the most of our Honda NSXs are available to export to the USA under 25 years old rule. Feel free to check out our available Honda NSXs at our stock and don’t hesitate to ask any questions that you might have.

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