The 2nd generation Suzuki Cultus (Latin for the word "care" or "adoration"...ha!) was a little economy car that was sold by the buckets around the world as the Suzuki Cultus / Esteem / Swift / Amenity / Forsa II / Gazelle / Antelope / Margalla, Geo Metro, Pontiac Firefly, Holden Barina, Chevrolet Swift / Sprint, Subaru Justy -- honestly I'm surprised there wasn't a Mercedes version for some oddball market.
The screaming noises under the hood come courtesy of a 1.3 liter DOHC 16-valve Suzuki G13B 4-banger that puts out 100 horsepower at lofty 6800 rpm. This is the kind of old school small displacement hot-hatch engine that loves being bounced off the rev limiter repeatedly.
The only one of these cars we can think of that would be better than a sub-$1k GTi is the CBR1000R-powered Geo Metro Gnome, but the story of that car is better left for a future Daily Turismo Radio podcast. Vendler, are you reading this?
See another car that comes with free underpants in the driver's seat? firstname.lastname@example.org