Nissan Pulsar DIG Turbo-20

At the 2014 Bangkok Motor Show, Nissan showed off a hot version of the hatchback version of the Sylphy. Yes, that’s what the Nissan Pulsar DIG Turbo is, the range topping Pulsar in Thailand. The five-door “premium sports hatchback” was launched in the Land of Smiles this time last year, with naturally-aspirated 1.6 and 1.8 litre engines.

The Pulsar DIG Turbo is powered by a Direct Injection Gasoline (that’s the DIG) 1.6 litre MR16DDT turbo engine with Twin C-VTC. It makes 190 PS at 5,600 rpm and 240 Nm at 2,400 rpm, leading Nissan to say that this car has “2.5 litre class power”. To compare, the standard 1.6 makes 116 PS and 154 Nm, while the 1.8 pushes out 131 PS and 174 Nm.

Like the rest of the range, the Pulsar DIG Turbo is equipped with Nissan’s Xtronic CVT gearbox, but there’s a six-speed manual mode here. It also comes with uprated brakes with larger discs, a revised steering system and retuned suspension for a sportier feel. Safety wise, there’s VDC and six airbags.

The Pulsar DIG Turbo won’t appeal to all, and Nissan Thailand probably knows that, which is why only 350 units of each colour (black, red, pearl white) will be made available here.