Nissan 370z performance tuning

Discover "Nissan 370z Tuning"

The 370z was produced when Nissan revisited the successful design of the 350z and looked for improvements that could be made to it.

It now sports more power, better handling and even blips the throttle for you on down shifts.

We have to hand it to Nissan, they have produced a cracking car and we are already starting to see a plethora of aftermarket parts around for these.

The bulge in the bonnet, sharply raked roof and new style front lights hint at the 350z but take things to a new level.  tcmenu

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So onto the 370z  tuning tips:- Instead of the engine fitted to the 350z the VQ35DE we see the newer more potent VF37VHR engine in the 370z. 

The latter has been uprated in every respect and can cope with a power figure of nearer 500hp. (Both have been tuned beyond this but we have to question the reliability issues that are bound to ensue.)

For the power mad you always have the option of fitting a supercharger or turbo. If you want to add forced induction then a twin turbo kit on the VF37VHR engine is the best and most popular option. You have much better basic internals to work with.

There are quite a few turbo and supercharger kits to choose from and each have their merits. For drag racing a larger big turbo conversion would be the best option.  

If you are serious about a power gain and have the VF37VHR engine then an engine swap to a more recent higher power version will give better and stronger internals to work with and be more cost effective than a strip down and rebuild. Other modifications you should consider for your 370z engine. 

Add in a Fast road cams with a duration between 260 and 270 degrees. Also look at improving the air intake and sports exhaust. We must say that the heads on these engines are really good as standard and Nissan have done a great job setting these up so head work like port matching is not really required unless you really want to eek out every drop of HP you can.

There have been a few minor issues noted though. To avoid detonation and premature wear use only a premium high octane fuel. If you only have access to low octane regular pump fuel then stick to lower rpm ranges.

Overheating can be an issue with some owners reporting high oil temperatures on heavy track day use. If you experience this then we suggest you get an aftermarket oil cooler fitted. Hopefully Nissan will see sense and start to fit these as standard and offer them as an option.  

Another option you may consider is adding nitrous injection kits, this alone can add 50bhp more power to your engine. What other modifications?

Brake upgrades are popular. We have seen some 370Z owners using the larger brakes from aftermarket suppliers. If you don't want to spend too much then a decent set of fast road pads will greatly help.

We suggest you check the offset and clearance behind your alloys before purchasing a much larger brake kit. Handling mods are also worth considering for your 370z, we would recommend that you get fully adjustable suspension kits if you are uprating the suspension. 

Remember to get the camber reset if you are lowering the car as this can be pushed right out and adversely affect handling,  if you are not careful. Aim for zero to a little negative camber on your wheels for fast road use. If you are lowering the car then stick with a drop of 20-35mm depending on the standard drop already on your car.

Further reading. We suggest that if you want a bit more information on 370z Tuning you consult the following sources. TorqueCars have a comprehensive  370z tuning article and also a very active, friendly and helpful 370z tuning forum.

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