Nissan is gradually expanding the list of parts it reproduces for older variants of the GT-R. It launched its Nismo Heritage program in 2017 with about 80 components and announced custom titanium exhaust systems for three generations of the car in December.
Buyers in Japan have the option to order a full exhaust system, including a front downpipe with integrated catalytic converters, a mid-pipe with silencers and a Nismo-branded muffler. These parts blur the line between stock and aftermarket. On the one hand, they were designed by Nissan as a direct replacement for the factory-fitted exhaust components. On the other hand, they’re made with titanium, so they’re about 28 pounds lighter than stock, and design tweaks to the mid-pipe and muffler reduce in-line pressure by about 7%.
Nissan is marketing three exhaust systems: one for the GT-R of the R32 generation released in 1989, one for the R33 model launched in 1995 and one for the R34 generation car that was introduced in 1999. All three have become highly sought after. -after classics of recent years.
No matter what generation of GT-R you have in your garage, exhaust systems don’t come cheap. The units that fit the R32 and R33 models cost 726,000 yen, according to the Japanese site Car Watch, which works out to about $6,400 at the current exchange rate. R34 owners must send Nissan 737,000 yen (about $6,500). As a trade-off, the exhaust components are made to order to factory specifications.
There is no word yet on whether Nissan will make its titanium exhaust systems available in the United States. Older versions of the GT-R weren’t officially sold here, but many have trickled in (sometimes via Canada) now that they’re old enough to be legally imported.