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#1 David_Yu

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 05:21 PM

Thanks to Andy Wilkes of Performance Parts Ltd who are the UK importers of Akrapovic Exhausts for the review loan of one of their amazing titianium GT-R exhaust systems.

I saw and heard Alex (Evolution)'s system at the Nurburgring in October and was impressed, but you really have to see the whole system and the way it's made to get the full picture.

Incredibly light, I couldn't believe how I could pick up a 5 foot long section almost with two fingers!
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The welds are pure art and I love the mandrel bending (very rare for a titanium system). Look at the design and engineering that went into the support brackets!
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I had the system fitted by my old friends at Autofficina in Chessington who normally work on Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Peter Ward did some superb engineering work on Godzilla 1 back in the day. He's a perfectionist who is not easily impressed and has worked with loads of F1 exhaust fabricators, but he said the Akrapovic was flat out the best "off the shelf" system he had ever seen.
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The fitment was perfect and actually easier to install than the stock system was to take off.
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All you can see is some subtly bigger tips, but the sound is smooth, refined and powerful. Slightly quieter in fact than my Milltek Y-pipe/stock cat-back combo.
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But the amazing thing is, I could instantly tell it had freed up the breathing of the stock turbos!
Low end response is massively improved, for instance at 40mph in 4th gear, 2000rpm, a mere tickling of the throttle produced instant, massive grunt, (running of course the existing custom WG3 GTC/Thistle tune on the Cobb).

The car will be going back to Surrey Rolling Road as soon as Charlie can fit it in to see how many horses it has released, but I bet the area under the curve has noticeably increased.

I will see if I can upload some video clips in due course, but suffice it to say, I am very, very impressed.

Edited by David_Yu, 25 December 2009 - 02:59 AM.

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 05:42 PM

I really love this system....very true to form for Akrapovic
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Posted 24 December 2009 - 06:02 PM

Congrats! Baller exhaust!

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 06:48 PM

Just freaking awesome!!!! the quality on that looks incredible. congrats. Anyone want to loan me one for testing here in the US?
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Posted 24 December 2009 - 07:33 PM

Hi David!

Good choice and nice to hear that the GT-R freed up more HP... :)

Oh, and did you change the color of your car? Now purple? Foliage? Last time in October 2009, when I met you on the Nürburgring your car had still grey colour...
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Posted 24 December 2009 - 09:12 PM

burple.... eeepurple.....

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 10:58 AM

Waiting on sound clips. Looks smashing good

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 02:27 PM

Waiting on sound clips. Looks smashing good

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 08:57 AM

Ok, here is a brief sound clip:



Will try and get some on the dyno and road.

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 10:38 AM

very cool
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Posted 26 December 2009 - 03:24 PM

Sounds awesome!! And the looks... :)
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Posted 28 December 2009 - 10:30 PM

Their quality is the best -- have their Evo systems on both my R1 and 1098....and probably on the GT-R when I finally purchase it. :drool:
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Posted 29 December 2009 - 06:35 PM

Congrats on the new exhaust. I know pricing was mentioned in another thread I had viewed, but what is the pricing on something like that? Also, do you have a weight of the new exhaust for comparison to the oem exhaust?

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 06:46 PM

Very nice stuff. Akrapovic is definitely high quality. Mandrel bent Titanium looks great!

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 07:24 PM

That sounds really good!

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 06:52 AM

Congrats on the new exhaust. I know pricing was mentioned in another thread I had viewed, but what is the pricing on something like that? Also, do you have a weight of the new exhaust for comparison to the oem exhaust?


The UK retail price is just under £5000, and I think GT-RR have it on their site at just under $10,000 in the US.
Pricey but the quality is unmatched in my experience. Titanium can be a brittle material, but Akrapovic have their own foundries where they make their own alloys, hence the beautiful mandrel bends that most other manufacturers can't do.

The system weighs 38lbs (17.3kg) less than stock!

Will get some dyno figures for simply bolting it on, i.e. no tweaking of my custom tune and hopefully a tweaked custom tune figure too shortly.
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Posted 30 December 2009 - 08:28 PM

Great googly moogly, I will have to pass on that exhaust. It looks great though.....I would be worried about your car, some guys might come up and be touching your exhaust in a bad way.

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 09:58 PM

Great googly moogly, I will have to pass on that exhaust. It looks great though.....I would be worried about your car, some guys might come up and be touching your exhaust in a bad way.


Pricey for US owners for sure.

Really nicely done.

I would be worried-
About getting in an accident- and hit in the exhaust pipes
About getting robbed of my $10K exhaust
About the shipping from the UK to Hawaii. One island to another. :irock: :doh:

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 07:07 AM

Finally posted up a full review on Auto-Journals:
http://www.auto-jour...amp;journal=111

Yes I've decided to keep it!
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:00 AM

What diameters are the pipes for the exhaust and Y-pipe?
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