Nissan's GT-R supercar will be even more of a monster in 2012 as the car gets a series of upgrades in the new model-year.

The biggest changes are under the GT-R's muscular hood. The intake and exhaust systems have been tweaked to allow the engine to breathe easier. The increased flow allows the car to pump out an additional 15 horsepower over previous models. This means the sports car now puts out 545 horsepower and 463 lb-ft of torque.

There are other numbers up for 2012 as well. The MSRP has been increased to $89,950 for the most basic model. It's still a bargain at that price, but there was once a time that a GT-R could be had for a little over 75 grand. We miss those days.

The 2012 GT-R's gearbox gets a few improvements for the new year as well. The car's paddle-shifting transmission will receive a new shifting fork and flywheel housing bearing that, Nissan says, will improve the transmission's feel and noise.

The car's suspension system also receives some tweaks to make the car even more nimble in the corners.

As with everything GT-R related, the attention to detail for the update package is almost overwhelming- The car maker even brags that racing-spec oil can now be found in the GT-R's differential case.

"It's our desire to keep pushing the envelope, to never settle for second best or second place - a philosophy that makes Nissan GT-R one of the most coveted and affordable super cars in the world today," said Brian Carolin, Nissan's North American Marketing VP.

Nissan hasn't yet claimed what the new performance numbers will be with the 2012 upgrades, but one has to think about that 'second to none' comment. The Nissan's stats have always compared pretty well with other more expensive, more exclusive exotics. Now that the GT-R has been around for around half of a decade, we're thinking Nissan needs to give its headlining sports car a little edge to stay competitive.

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J. Mark Sternberg is an automotive journalist, car enthusiast and writer with a degree from the University of Arizona. Mark is a devoted Formula 1 fan and also enjoys boating, flying and attending the occasional track day.

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