To UK ears, Pulsar is an evocative name. It was what the JDM Sunny was called, meaning that any Pulsar that made it to the UK in the 1990s was mostly likely to be a GTI-R, the turbocharged, shrunk-in-the-wash-Skyline that gained a cult following. On these shores, Pulsar was synonymous with performance. Now the Pulsar nameplate is given to Nissan’s European-market hatchback, picking up where the Almera left off. Hardly a recipe to get pulses racing.
Unless it gets the Nismo treatment, which this Paris Motor Show concept points strongly towards. Yes, it looks ready for the showroom but Nissan is currently insisting that it’s a design concept – albeit one that adheres almost exactly to our expectation of a Nismo hot hatch. We wouldn’t bet against it appearing in Nissan showroooms soon.
Also on display at Paris are two Nismo models that are showroom bound very soon. The updated 370Z, initially destined only for the US market, is coming our way soon, and the Juke Nismo RS, which made its debut at Geneva, is appearing at Paris before it comes to showrooms in December. Nismo appears to be in its busiest phase for road cars in some time in this, its 30th anniversary year.