Boasting a 0-62mph time of 7.7 seconds, it’s a reasonably potent alternative to warm hatch rivals such as the Kia Cee’d GT and Peugeot 308 GT.
Nissan hasn’t just installed a hotter engine, either: it’s also upgraded the chassis, sharpened the steering and even made the bodyshell stiffer.
There are stiffer (and, interestingly, longer) front springs and complementary firmer dampers, plus revised dampers at the rear as well. Nissan says power steering is faster and more direct, and the wider 18-inch wheels add grip and response.
The bodyshell boasts greater torsional rigidity thanks to additional reinforcements – not the sort of engineering we’d normally expect from a mere model upgrade, and perhaps indicative Nissan’s planning an even hotter version, possibly related to the Pulsar Nismo it showed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show…
Now Euro 6 compliant, the engine also gets shorter gearing within its six-speed ‘box.
Pulsar getting warmer
There isn’t a dedicated DIG-T 190 model grade – it’s offered in Acenta, n-tec and Tekna trim lines – but all cars fitted with the engine do receive bespoke styling features.
These include new diamond cut two-tone slack and silver alloys, sporty headlights with black surrounds, and a chrome exhaust tailpipe.
There’s a new trim finish that spans the full width of the dash, and white stitching for the three-spoke steering wheel; choose a Tekna and the leather seats get white stitching too.
Prices start from £19,645 and the Pulsar DIG-T 190 is on sale at Nissan dealers now: Motoring Research will be driving the sporty new Pulsar later next month.