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GTIROZ was established in the year 2000. We are a free-to-join non-profit car club based on a network of enthusiast owners of the JDM Nissan Pulsar GTI-R from around Australia.

We provide a searchable, organised archive of collective knowledge, and a place to share the enjoyment and frustrations of owning these rare and unique vehicles.

All Australian GTI-R owners are warmly invited to join, access our many years of historical data and share their ownership experience


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  1. GTI-R Production Numbers Over the 5 years that the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) RNN14 was produced, there were 2 very clear "series" (obvious differences) over 5 "phases" (minor changes) of production. VIN START DATE START VIN END DATE END SERIES PHASE RA RB TOTAL PLANT 000101 08/1990 005785 04/1991 1 1 TBA TBA 5684 Tochigi 020001 05/1991 021480 09/1991 1 2 TBA TBA 1479 Kyushu (FHI) 051001 10/1991 053491 07/1992 1 3 TBA TBA 2490 Kyushu (FHI) (S1: 9653) 100001 08/1992 102340 07/1993 2 1 TBA TBA 2339 Kyushu (FHI) 150001 08/1993 151846 11/1994 2 2 TBA TBA 1845 Kyushu (FHI) (S2: 4184) 13837 These VINs and dates have been sourced from both Nissan's in-house FAST software (using the chassis-lookup function) and the many available JDM VIN lookup (build date) databases now available online. Nissan (Japan) official response has so far been "no data". The European Domestic Market GNN14 models (badged as "Sunny") are not included in the above table. The Nismo and Autech versions were based on standard production models (they have VIN plates showing numbers in the ranges above). According to the data available, the total produced was 13837. Different Series of GTI-R Although there were 5 different phases of production, there were 2 clear "series" (comprising both RA and RB versions) which can be easily identified by their chassis numbers: Series 1: Below RNN14-100000 (August 1990 to July 1992) Series 2: Above RNN14-100000 (August 1992 to November 1994) Differences in the Phases & Series Although the biggest changes were between series 1 and 2, Nissan made small changes in each phase of production. There were no changes to the engine. Nissan Pulsar GTI-R (RNN14) SERIES 1 Phase 1 (101-5785) SERIES 1 Phase 2 (20001-21480) SERIES 1 Phase 3 (51001-53491) SERIES 2 Phase 1 (100001-102340) SERIES 2 Phase 2 (150001-151846) Body Colours Black (KH3) Grey Metallic (TJ1) Red (AJ4) Ivory White (KJ7) Black (KH3) Grey Metallic (TJ1) Super White (531) Green Metallic (DL2) Black (KH3) Super White (531) Green Metallic (DL2) Umbrella Holder Yes No (solid panel) Headrests Hollow/donut style Solid Interior Fabric Trim Textured, neutral dark grey Smooth, blueish grey Front Grill Badge "P" (the Pulsar logo) "Nissan" Steering Wheel Red "GTI-R" logo horn button Debossed Nissan logo, no button Windscreen Blue tinted upper strip Plain Roof Lining Twill Vinyl (except if sunroof optioned) Instrument Cluster White warning light logos, "ANTI-LOCK" text Warning lights hidden until lit, "ABS" text, different wiring Power Window Switch Text None "AUTO" Water Pump - Model changed Clutch Pedal Bracket - Added Side Door Beams - Investigating Added Air Conditioning Gas R12 Investigating Investigating R134a Gearbox Case 10mm bolts 8mm bolts, minor changes to the "strengthening" ribs Airbag - Optional (unicorn rare) Rocker Cover Red with black spark plug well Investigating Solid red
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  3. The days of saving by importing are past :( It's now about the same as buying locally, but with more time/effort/risk. They're going for 150-300k yen (2-4k aud) at auction, getting one here will cost around 5k aud, and factor 1-2k for compliance if you want road reg. Average price for them here is currently around 7.5k aud.
  4. You agree to adhere to the following when posting a GTI-R for sale on this forum: Topic Title: Prefix the subject with [FS] followed by the [sTATE] the vehicle is located. Include the year, body colour and asking price. Example: [FS] [NSW] '92 Black $10k Message Body: Year: 199x Colour: Eg. Factory Black / Custom Blue. Location: The city/suburb the car is located. Reg & Expiry: Registration details If being sold with car. VIN: RNN14-xxxxxx Kilometres: Eg. 195k Price: A fixed amount, ono, or "taking offers over". Contact: A contact phone number and/or email address. Details: Description of condition, modifications, damage, repairs, reason for sale, etc. Images: Pictures are mandatory. Outside, inside and engine bay are highly recommended. You can link directly to files elsewhere, or use the attachment feature to upload them here (max limit of 1024 pixels on any side) Afterwards: - Make a post stating the car has been sold, or is no longer for sale. - Change the [FS] prefix to [sOLD] - DO NOT remove the price or any other details (this is useful historical information!) Copy & paste this code into your post: [b]Year:[/b] [b]Colour:[/b] [b]Location:[/b] [b]Reg & Expiry:[/b] [b]VIN:[/b] RNN14- [b]Kilometres:[/b] [b]Price:[/b] [b]Contact:[/b] [b]Details:[/b] [img=http://]
  5. AUSTRALIA https://www.gtiroz.net/ https://www.facebook.com/gtiroz/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/gtiroz/ UK http://www.gtiroc.com https://www.facebook.com/GTIROC-118616151681951/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/1267363723290305/ CANADA http://www.canadagtir.com NZ https://www.facebook.com/gtirnz/ JAPAN SHIKOKU Branch (Founder) SOUTH KANTO Branch NORTH KANTO Branch TOHOKU Branch A NOTE ON OTHER FACEBOOK PAGES/GROUPS With the ability for anyone to simply create a "page" or "group" with just a few clicks, no ongoing management, mass content duplication, no ability to organise historical data, painfully limited search functionality, and a culture of instant gratification, trolling, spamming and lurking, Facebook is responsible for the significant reduction of activity on forum communities during the 20-teens. Join a forum and keep the community alive!
  6. Differences in the Sunny GTI-R The GNN14 model was a variation of the GTI-R specifically built for the European market and badged as a Sunny (the name of the existing N14 in that market). There were both LHD and RHD versions. They have some parts from the RA Series 1, some from the RB, and some unique. From estimates based on various data, it is generally accepted that there were less than 1000 produced in total. WIN: JN1EGNN14U0020*** Model: EBYNL*N14**** Released: 1992 Power: 220ps (217hp, 162kw) Torque: 27kgm (267Nm) LHD models produced: under 1000 (~700 is the common theory) sold in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium and Holland RHD models produced: under 100 (~70 is the common theory) sold in the UK Boot lid number plate surround: different design (to fit Euro-sized plates) Speed limiter: none Speedo - LHD: kph Speedo - RHD: mph & kph Gauges - LHD: bar (boost and oil pressure) Gauges - RHD: psi (boost and oil pressure) Clock: digital (in rev guage) Umbrella holder: none (solid panel - no vent like JDM RB model) Air conditioning: none Rear light clusters: lower half divided into 3 sections internally Rear fog lights: outer globe of each light cluster (switch next to rear demister) Brake lights: only 1 globe per side (the other used for fogs) Side mirrors: no folding feature Side mirrors: not colour coded Cup holders: none Steering column stalks: indicators on left, wipers on right Gearstick surround: rubber (same as JDM RB) Shift knob: plastic (same as JDM RB) Upper door trim: plastic (same as JDM RB) Steering wheel: plastic (same as JDM RB) but with GTI-R badge centre (same as JDM series 1 RA) Rear diff casing: longer cooling fins (same as JDM RB) Headrests: hollow (same as JDM series 1 RA) Electrical components: several have different connectors (ie. starter motor and alternator) Full Gallery HERE
  7. GTI-R Model Types There were 2 main models of the RNN14 Nissan Pulsar GTI-R sold on the Japanese Domestic Market: GTI-RA - Model number EBYNRVFN14**** GTI-RB - Model number EBYNRRFN14**** There were 2 types of of GNN14 Nissan Sunny GTI-R sold to the European Domestic Market: GTI-R LHD GTI-R RHD The model number is printed on the VIN plate, located top-centre of the firewall in the engine bay. Production The GTI-R was designed and manufactured in Japan. Production ran from August 1990 until November 1994. The total number produced during those 4 years was 13835. Over 5000 of them were in the first 12 months (1990-91) so Nissan could fulfill the FIA Group A World Rally Championship entry requirements (5000 units in 12 months) in order for the car to be homologated and eligible to enter the WRC. See full production data here. RA Models Model code EBYNRV***. The RA model (aka RA, Alpha, Road, Luxury) were produced across 2 distinct "series" (1 & 2, Early & Late). About half way through the production (August 1992), Nissan made a range of mostly-aesthetic changes (around 10 items). Rather than being an evolution, it was a simplification or de-specialisation in preperation for the planned discontinuation of the GTI-R (after pulling out of the WRC). They are defined by chassis numbers RNN14-100000 and above. RB Models Model code EBYNRR***. The GTI-RB (aka RB, Beta, Rally, Homologation) model was a stripped-down version ready to be prepared for motorsport (Group-N rallying in particular). They had the "luxury" trimmings (such as air conditioning and power windows) removed as standard, steel wheels and the interior trim from the base model Pulsar which reduced the kerb weight to 1190kg (2624 lb). Some of the luxury items were available as an option. The engine was the same as the RA model, but they had a closer ratio gearbox and most were factory-fitted with Nismo options (see below for details). Weight: 30kg lighter (due to removal of electrical systems) Closer-ratio gearbox (standard) Side mirrors: Grey plastic (not colour-coded, standard) and no power adjustment (could be optioned) Umbrella holder: None (a vent in place, standard) Rear diff housing: Larger cooling fins (standard) Wheels: Steel (standard) Rear wiper: None (could be optioned) Air conditioning: None (could be optioned) Window Electrics: None (could be optioned) Interior: Base-model Pulsar (vinyl trim, basic seats, rubber gearstick boot, plastic gear knob, plastic steering wheel - standard) Exterior paint colour: Ivory white [KJ7] (all other colours could be optioned) Front LSD: Nismo mechanical (very common option) There were also many Nismo 'Rally Option' parts available, some were more commonly chosen than others. The "Green" Models Colour code DL2. There were exactly 100 Mist Grey Metallic / Turquoise Metallic (aka "Winter Green") coloured examples produced during Series 2. DL2 was a standard colour in the rest of N14 Pulsar model range, but not for the GTI-R (it does not appear in any of the sales brochures). It is unknown if they were a special order or a limited edition run or something else, but it is clear that they are by far the rarest of the factory colours. There have been examples of both RA and RB versions. There are a few unconfirmed theories: In celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Naruhito to Masako Owada in 1993. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Nissan in 1994. Because dealers had multiple requests from buyers who had seen it on other N14s so Nissan produced a small batch (most probable). The Sunny Models The GNN14 model was a variation of the GTI-R built for the European market and badged as a Sunny (the name of the existing N14 in that market). There were both RHD (UK) and LHD (rest of Europe) versions. It is unconfirmed if they were manufactured entirely in Japan, but production continued until January 1995 (2 months longer than the RNN14). There was no RB model. They have some parts from the RA Series 1, some from the RB, and some unique. It is generally accepted that there were less than 1000 produced in total. See details here. Autech Models Autech is a Nissan tuning division (separate from Nismo). They were responsible for the installation of factory optional parts for new car packages. All recorded examples have been RB models. The parts installed were based on individual orders, and could come from both the Nissan "Motorsport Options" catalog and Nismo catalogs. There was no special numbering, plaques or badges - just a small oval-shaped "Autech Japan" sticker on the boot (below the GTI-R badge). Many (but not all) are listed in the Nissan FAST software as "Autech model". Autech did not produce a "Complete Car" version like they have for some other Nissan models. Nismo Models Nismo offered a "Complete Car" model based on the RB, featuring many of the Nismo rally options (suspension, diffs, seats, roll cage, foot rests, underbody guards, strut tower strengthening, no carpet or rear seats, etc - see below). Unlike most of their other "Complete Car" offerings, no engine changes were made, and they are not listed on the Nismo website "Complete Car" archive. The price in base configuration was 3,140,00 yen. Nismo (Japan) confirmed via email in 2010 that only 21 of them were produced. They had an individually numbered Nismo plate on the firewall (in addition to the standard VIN plate), and a Nismo badge below the GTI-R badge on the boot.
  8. Computer games that feature the GTI-R PlayStation Gran Turismo Gran Turismo 2 PlayStation 2 Kaido Battle Kaido Battle 2: Chain Reaction Kaido Battle 3: Touge No Densetsu Dreamcast Sega GT Nintendo Entertainment System Championship Rally NeoGeo Thrash Rally Gran Turismo 2 (US Version) Gran Turismo 2 (UK Version)
  9. The Nissan and Nismo Optional Parts There were many factory options for the N14 Pulsar range available throughout production: Climate control (common) Wind deflectors (common) Plastic protectors (doors, handles, bumpers - rare) Heated seats (very rare) Heated mirrors (rare) Illuminated ignition ring Rear speaker upgrades (parcel shelf) More of these options are found in the later models, most likely due to the general automotive industry rule that towards the end of a models production, showrooms offer deals on them. There were also what Nissan marketed as 'motorsport' options (not Nismo): Rear roll bar Driving/fog lights (replacing front grill) Knee rests Bumper protector (skid plate) Foot rests (different from Nismo ones) Strut braces (different from Nismo ones) Rear diff protection plate (different from Nismo one) Mud flaps GTI-R badge with red 'R' Stripes sticker kit Map light There were also many Nismo options (not a definitive list): Strut braces Suspension (struts and and a range of springs) Clutches Bushes & engine mounts Steering wheel Seats & harnesses Underbody guards Brake pads Alloy wheels Fog lights (small seperate units - different to the Nissan replacement grill type) Limited slip differentials (front, centre and rear) Gallery HERE
  10. World Rally Championship Works Team After producing the minimum 5000 road car examples required for homologation in 1991, Nissan entered the GTI-R in the Group A category of the FIA WRC as a "Works" factory team under the banner "Nissan Motorsport Europe" (NME) in 1991 and 1992. Based in Milton Keynes in the UK, NME only competed in selected rallies during both years (ones Nissan thought had the highest potential for good results), but the initial success expected by Nissan Japan was not forthcoming, and they abandoned the campaign in 1992 after only nine rallies. Factory development stopped there, and the GTI-R never won a WRC Group A rally. Nissan redirected funding to the development of the R390 for Le Mans, and NME moved to the FWD Sunny GTI in the WRC F2 category (A7 class) where they had better success with Alister McRae winning the 1995 BRC. Much has been written about the reason for the GTI-R Group-A failure. The most notable being the uncompetitive Dunlop tyres, the inefficiency of the top-mounted intercooler when engine power was increased to Group A standards (especially in hot weather), and the political and cultural issues between Nissan Japan and the newly-created Nissan Motorsport Europe. WRC Group A Results - Group A - 1991 Driver Round 4 Round 6 Round 9 Round 14 39th Martini Safari rallyKenya 38th Acropolis Rally 41st 1000 Lakes Rally 47th Lombard RAC Rally Stig Blomqvist 5th DNF (differential) 8th DNF (suspension) David Llewellin DNF (accident) 9th 10th DNF (electrical) Mike Kirkland 7th Results - Group A - 1992 Driver Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 9 Round 14 60th Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 41st International Swedish Rally 25th Rallye de Portugal 42nd 1000 Lakes Rally 48th Lombard RAC Rally Stig Blomqvist 3rd DNF (engine) DNF (accident) Tommi Mäkinen 9th DNF (accident) DNF (gearbox) 8th François Chatriot 7th 6th WRC Group N Nissan/NME did not enter Group N (production-based) cars in the WRC, but other factory-backed Nissan teams did between 1991 and 1993. Most notable was the Nissan Belgium Rally Team with lead driver Grégoire De Mévius, and a Japanese entry (team unknown) driven by Hiroshi Nishiyama. The GTI-R dominated the Group N Championship (FIA) Cup for Drivers of Production Cars) in 1992 taking 1st and 2nd places, clearly demonstrating the GTI-R's ability at production class level. [hide]Results - Group N - 1992 Round 3 Round 4 Round 6 Round 8 Round 9 Round 12 Round 14 Final Classification 26th Rallye de Portugal 40th Martini Safari Rally Kenya 39th Acropolis Rally 12th Rally Argentina 42nd 1000 Lakes Rally 24th Rallye Côte d'Ivoire Bandama 48th Lombard RAC Rally Grégoire De Mévius 3rd 1st DNF (Late for start) 3rd DNF (Engine) 2nd 1st Hiroshi Nishiyama 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd
  11. Information provided from the Nissan Service Manual and official Nissan marketing material: VIN: RNN14-****** Type: E-RNN14 Length: 3975mm Width: 1690mm Height: 1410mm Wheelbase: 2430mm Tread Front: 1440mm Tread Rear: 1415mm Ground Clearance: 150mm Kerb Weight: 1220kg (RA) 1190kg (RB) Fully Laden: 1495kg (RA) 1465kg (RB) Seating Capacity: 5 Turning Circle: 10.4m (5.2m radius) Drag Coefficient: 0.39 Engine Model: SR20DET (54C version) Engine Type: 16 valve DOHC 4 cylinder with intercooled turbocharger Displacement: 1998cc Bore & Stroke: 86 x 86mm Compression Ratio: 8.3:1 Throttle Body: Quad (one per cylinder) Valve Lifters: Solid (shim adjusted) Exhaust Valves: Sodium filled Connecting Rod Bearings: 19mm wide Control System: Electronic Port Injection Fuel Injectors: 444cc, top feed, low impedance Turbo: Garret TB2804 (T3/T25 combination) Compressor: 60mm, 60trim in .60A/R Turbine: 53mm, 79trim in .86A/R Intercooler: Air-to-air 350x295x60mm Max Turbo Pressure: 550mmHg / 10.6psi / 0.73bar Max Power: 169kw (227hp / 230ps) @6400rpm Max Torque: 284Nm (29kgm) @4800rpm Max Speed: 232kph (144mph) Acceleration 0-100kph: 5-second bracket Acceleration 0-400m: 13-second bracket Steering: Rack & Pinion with gear-sensitive power assist and tilt adjustment Suspension Front: Independent McPherson multi-link strut (hydro+telescopic), coil spring and torsion (sway) bar stabiliser Suspension Rear: Independent strut, parallel link, coil spring and torsion (sway) bar stabiliser 4WD System: "ATTESA" - Viscous Coupling, Centre Differential and Viscous LSD (open front, vlsd centre, vlsd rear) Brake System: 4-sensor, 2-channel electronic ABS, 24mm master cylinder Brakes Front: 257x26mm Ventilated Discs, 54mm single piston calipers Brakes Rear: 258x9mm Solid Discs, 34mm single piston calipers Wheels: 14 inch Aluminium 14x6JJ Tires: 195/55R14 82V Fuel Type: Premium Unleaded Petrol Fuel Tank Capacity: 50 litres Fuel Consumption: 13.2ltrs/100kms (Urban Cycle) 10.6ltr/100kms (Constant 120kph) 8.1ltrs/100kms (Constant 90kph) Boot Capacity: 280ltrs Max Towing Weight: 1560kg Transmission Type: 5-speed manual Transmission Gear Ratios: 1st - 3.285 (RA) | 3.067 (RB) 2nd - 1.850 (RA) | 2.095 (RB) 3rd - 1.272 (RA) | 1.653 (RB) 4th - 0.954 (RA) | 1.272 (RB) 5th - 0.740 (RA) | 0.911 (RB) Reverse - 3.266 (RA) | 3.153 (RB) Final Drive - 4.125 Paint Colour Codes: KH3 - Super Black (entire production) AJ4 - Red (series 1 only) TJ1 - Blue-Grey Graphite Pearl (series 1, and the first half of series 2) KJ7 - Ivory White / Marble White (series 1 only) 531 - Super White (series 2 only) DL2 - Turquoise Metallic / Winter Green (series 2 only) Gallery HERE
  12. The Nissan Pulsar GTI-R (chassis code RNN14) is a special vehicle in automotive history that was manufactured by Nissan between 1990 and 1994. It was born of Nissan's desire to win the World Rally Championship (WRC) under the FIA Group-A rules, and was somewhat of a Frankenstein. They took their acclaimed 4cyl 2ltr 16v SR20DET engine from their S13 series and upgraded it for more strength and power, grabbed the mechanical version of their ATTESA AWD system from their U12 series for grip, and then stuffed it all in a compact 2 door hatch body from their N14 series with a large rear wing for some stability and a huge bonnet scoop for the intercooler. Although Nissan failed at Group-A rally, the GTI-R was a force in Group-N winning the 1992 World Championship The GTI-R is a member of the highly prestigious, very exclusive, historically awesome and utterly cool World Rally Group-A Era Club: Nissan Pulsar/Sunny GTI-R Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 4x4 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Lancia Delta (HF 4WD + Integrale + Evoluzione) Mazda Familia/323 (GTX + GT-R) Toyota Celica GT4 (ST185 + ST205) Subaru Legacy RS Subaru Impreza WRX Mitsubishi Galant VR4 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
  13. DO YOU HAVE A NISSAN PULSAR GTI-R FOR SALE IN AUSTRALIA? We'll help you find it find a new home! This GTI-Rs For Sale section of the GTIROZ forum is the top result when searching "gtir for sale" on Google AU. Listing if free and does not require registration, all we ask is that you follow the rules.
  14. By using this free service you agree to the following rules: Topic Title: 1. Australian State/Territory the vehicle is located (in square brackets) - [NSW], [VIC], [WA], etc 2. Year of Production (abbreviated) - '90, '92, '94, etc 3. Colour - Black, Grey, Red, etc 4. Extra Specialness - Rally, Drag, Project, Damaged, etc 5. Asking Price (thousands with k) - $5k, $12.7k, etc Examples: [NSW] '92 Black Damaged - $3k [WA] '94 Red - $8.5k [VIC] '90 Harlequin Drag - $11k Message Body: This will auto-enter when you create a new sale topic. Year: 199x Colour: Eg. Factory Black (KH3) / Custom Blue / Monaro Orange. Location: The city/suburb the car is located. Reg & Expiry: Registration details If being sold with car. VIN: RNN14-xxxxxx Kilometres: Eg. 195k Price: A fixed amount, ono, or "taking offers over". Contact: A contact phone number and/or email address (your biggest market is NON-OWNERS/NON-MEMBERS who cannot use the PM system). Details: Description of condition, modifications, damage, repairs, reason for sale, etc. Images: Pictures are mandatory. Outside, inside and engine bay are highly recommended. You can link directly to files elsewhere on the net (ie. photobucket), or use the attachment feature to upload them (max limit of 1024 pixels on any side). Afterwards: - Make a post stating the car has been sold, or is no longer for sale (staff will lock the thread). - DO NOT remove the price or any details (this is extremely useful historical information for everyone - now and in the future!)
  15. Expensive to own? Depends how you treat them, and how they've been treated in the past. Price in Japan? 150-300k YEN at auction. Up to 500k YEN at private sale. (JAN 2012) Import cost? Cars from Japan cost around 5k AUD in fees/tax. Compliance cost? Around $2-4k AUD. Search for a RAW on the RAWS website for contact details. Insurance? Varies greatly. Online quotes can give an idea. Fuel economy? Factory specs are 13.2ltr/100km for "urban cycle". Owners report 12-16ltr/100kmh (300-400kms per 50ltr tank). Fuel type? The maps in the ECU are designed for Japanese fuel (100RON), so downgrading to 96RON can cause poor performance and detonation under high loads. 98RON is recommended with the stock ECU. An aftermarket replacement or piggyback can be remapped for any type of fuel. Parts expensive? Not any more than other 20yr old JDM performance cars. Parts hard to get? Not really. Engine parts the same as other SR20DETs? The RNN14 SR20DET (54C) is unique in many ways, and the vast majority of parts are not interchangeable. Parts the same as the local N14? Some. The list is wide and varied, but overall it is not that many, and mostly small things. Gearboxes? The engine can easily produce more power than the box can handle if abused. If the clutch is up to the task, the next in line is the box - abuse it and it will break. Aggressive launches are the biggest gearbox killer, followed by poor quality oils and poor maintenance. There are uprated gearsets designed and produced locally (PAR, PPG, Modena). Understeer? They are a front-heavy AWD, so understeer is natural. Suspension modifications, quality tyres and driving technique have shown they can be made quite neutral. Interwarmer? Overheating was a problem on the 300hp Group-A cars running a restrictor, whereas the production-based Group-N cars had no such troubles. The factory intercooler works fine when the car is moving, but struggles at slow speeds in warmer weather. Performance? 0-100kph: Owners have proven the 5 second bracket is easily attainable (stock or basic mods). Modified owners have records in the 3s. 0-400m: Best Motoring Video tests (and owner reports) show 0-400m in mid-high 13s is attainable in stock form. Modified owners have records in the 10s. Crap ones? Sadly, there are many uncared-for examples, but the SR20 engine is strong and the ecu programming is intelligent - so even when damaged they can appear to work ok. The biggest causes of poor performance are incorrect timing, old and damaged ignition system, and poor/incorrect fluids/filters. There are a lot of examples which have been purchased by young drivers, abused for a few months, then sold cheaply when things start going wrong What else? A GTI-R is not just for Christmas. As with any old performance car, rewarding ownership requires enthusiasm, respect, care, attention and a steady income. The initial shock and awe wears off and they have the ability to suck bank accounts dry in the continuous search for MORE (reliability, power, handling, driveability, etc). Many things can fail and the resolution is not always apparent, or easily attainable. They can be downright frustrating and expensive to own (even with mechanical knowledge and the ability to do the work yourself). Without real passion for the marque you will struggle. Still interested? Researching early-90s Japanese performance cars (in & out of Oz) is highly recommended. Read the buyers guide. Visually inspect and test drive as many examples as possible.