Fans of the Nissan have another reason to covet the brand now, writes Chris Nixon.

With the traditional Holden versus Ford Bathurst battle now history and other makes joining the fray, Nissan is releasing a limited-edition Pulsar to remind fans it also owns part of the Mountain heritage.

The Pulsar SSS Heritage Edition hatch features dress-up bits including big red and blue body stripes replicating the Nissan Bluebird that claimed pole position for the 1984 Great Race.

That Bluebird never won the 1000 enduro, but its all-conquering successor nicknamed Godzilla did in 1991 and 1992 and the latest V8 Altima ran a tantalising second this year.

You can’t buy a V8 Altima in showrooms – the racing engine comes from the Nissan Patrol 4WD – but at least the Heritage Pulsar comes with a 1.8 litre turbo four, just like the giant-killing ’84 car.

It also has not only stripey paintwork, but also special floor mats, head rests, interior badging and a Nissan Motorsport team shirt.

The Nissan Pulsar SSS Heritage Edition is available from late this month with six-speed manual or Xtronic automatic transmission and white or silver body colours.

Driveaway prices are $28,990 the manual and $31,631 for the automatic.