With the 2012 Nissan GT-R still barely available at Nissan dealers, we had the opportunity to build one at our shop during the month of June. Like many of the cars we build here at AAM, the exterior looks are always understated, and all of the modifications are done under the hood. The car arrived to us brand new, still carrying plastic covers on the seats and steering wheel.

The first areas that need to be addressed most factory turbocharged cars are the charge pipes. We removed the factory Nissan units in favor of lighter, more durable polished aluminum pieces, hand crafted in house. HKS SSQV blow off valves replace the OE valves, and new intakes were installed to replace the factory air boxes for more optimal airflow.

The exhaust was the next to be replaced, with the entire factory system being removed in favor of AAM Competition Race Downpipes, Midpipe, and Sports Exhaust. Opening the exhaust system allows for the turbochargers to flow more freely to bump the horsepower, and most notably, the exhaust note is elevated to a more aggressive level.

After a dyno and road tuning session using the Cobb AccessPORT, total power output was increased from 450awhp to 558awhp and 611 ft lbs torque. There are not many 2012 GT-Rs on the road to begin with, and the modifications done here at AAM Competition make this one even more unique.


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