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The Infiniti Q50 sport sedan offers a desirable balance between performance, styling, and luxury.  Following in the successful footsteps of the outgoing G37, the Infiniti Q50 captured the hearts of many when it came onto the scene in 2014.  The Q50 had big shoes to fill, but so far it has not disappointed.  The 2016 Infiniti Q50 seeks to only improve upon this winning formula with a whole new line of power plants under the hood: a 2.0L four-cylinder turbo and a 3.0L twin turbo V6 (available in both 300 and 400 HP variants).

We here at STILLEN recognize that many Infiniti Q50 owners are chomping at the bit to upgrade their new vehicles’ performance and aesthetics.  Well, you asked for it, and we delivered!  STILLEN is proud to announce a new line of products for the 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t, consisting of exhaust systems, body components, and handling parts that are sure to help this new sport sedan truly live up to its full potential.

2016 Infiniti Q50

The new 2016 Infiniti Q50 is the perfect blend of performance and luxury.

 

A Symphony for Your Infiniti

For the 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t, STILLEN offers a stainless steel axle-back exhaust system that will sound like music to your ears.  In line with the Q50’s blend of performance and luxury, the STILLEN axle-back exhaust emits an aggressive and throaty growl under hard acceleration but manages to mellow out while cruising.  Thus, you can access that signature STILLEN sound when you want it (and quiet it down when you don’t).  The free-flowing axle-back exhaust system is finished with stylish 4-inch polished exhaust tips.  The tips look and feel right at home under the factory exhaust cutouts, subtly offering an aggressive appearance that matches the new, enhanced exhaust note that they emit.  Backed by a lifetime limited warranty, the STILLEN axle-back exhaust system is built to last.

2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t STILLEN axle-back exhaust system

The STILLEN axle-back exhaust system will make your 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t SING.

Part Number

STILLEN 504443 Stainless Steel Axle-Back Exhaust System

 

Dress to Impress

With our extensive line of STILLEN 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t body modifications, it’s never been easier to further enhance the appearance of your new ride.  Ranging from trunk spoilers to rear diffusers, our products subtly flow with existing body lines and cues, resulting in a look that is both sporty and aggressive at the same time.  Each product is constructed out of durable polyurethane and protected by a limited lifetime warranty.  Each piece also includes genuine 3M auto trim tape, meaning that they’re easy to install and offer precision fit and finish.  Our line of Q50 body components includes:

Part Numbers

STILLEN KB11224 Roof Wing Spoiler

STILLEN KB11223 Rear Trunk Wing Spoiler

STILLEN KB11222MB Rear Diffuser – Matte Black

STILLEN KB11226 Front Lip Splitter – Premium

STILLEN KB11228MB Side Skirts – Matte Black

2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t STILLEN trunk spoiler

The new rear trunk spoiler for the 2016 Q50 juts out assertively, giving your car an aggressive look.

2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t STILLEN rear diffuser

The STILLEN rear diffuser pairs nicely with the STILLEN exhaust system on the 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t.

 

Handling the New 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t

When it comes to upgrading the handling of your 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t, a new set of STILLEN sway bars may be just what the doctored ordered.  Whether you’re carving up your favorite canyon roads, cruising down the highway, or tearing it up at the local race track, a set of STILLEN sway bars will help improve your car’s balance and maximize your tire contact, resulting in the ultimate driving experience.  Our sway bars are made from high strength, aircraft-grade steel for maximum strength and durability and come finished in an attractive red powder coat.  Plus, having our sway bars be adjustable means you can fine tune the handling just the way you like it.

2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t STILLEN sway bars

Our STILLEN sway bars come in a striking red powder coat.

Product Number

STILLEN 304396 Adjustable Rear Sway Bar 

 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our new 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t products, please give our experts a call!  You can reach them at 866-250-5542 and they will be happy to give you more information, answer any questions you have, and help you order your new Q50 upgrades!

 

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The End of an Era Begins

With the introduction of the Q50 Twin Turbo and 2.0 turbo, 2016 marks the beginning of the end for the now famous Nissan VQ family of engines.

For nearly two decades, the Nissan V6 engines have been based on the VQ platform. These engines have been widely revered as powerful, fun, and innovative V6 mills with a distinctive sound – some would argue the “best” sound on the market.

STILLEN has always been fond of the VQ and its many variants; VQ35, VQ35DE, VQ35 rev-up, VQ35HR, VQ40 (found on the mini-truck and compact SUV line), and of course, the swan song VQ37 featuring Nissan’s progressive VVEL technology.

Nissan Returns to Its Roots

With deep respect and fond appreciation we say good-bye to the VQ. Now, we’re ushering in a new era by going back in history about 25 years.

Sound weird?

To our eyes anyway, Nissan appears to be returning to its performance roots. Long time Nissan fans know that the epitome of a performance Nissan engine is the VG30 3.0 liter V6 engine found in the Z32 chassis Nissan 300ZX. These cars were feared and respected in their time and are now considered timeless classics.

The latest excitement surrounding NISSAN power plants is the new VR30 3.0 liter V6.

See the resemblance?

The VR30 comes in two flavors, 300HP and 400HP. Needless to say, here at STILLEN we can’t wait to work on these engines.

However, it isn’t the only interesting new turbo engine available from Nissan/Infiniti.

The new Q50 is already available with a 4 cylinder turbo engine sourced from Mercedes.

Which leads us to the question…

One Turbo or Two?

Contrary to all the talk about the Infiniti Q50 and the all-new VR30 Twin Turbo, there’s been nothing but crickets about the Q50 2.0 Turbo that recently hit Infiniti showrooms.

Makes us wonder: is two the minimum number of turbos required to generate online chatter these days? Or is it more about engine displacement? Both?

Regardless, as usual the car with the smaller engine gets ignored. Here at STILLEN, we love underdogs because they usually embody the kind of performance challenge we love to take on.

And we know there’ll be plenty of enthusiasts who will pick up a Q50 4-banger and promptly begin to modify it.

So color us inspired!

Your 15 Seconds of Fame

Everyone dreams of owning that 500+ horsepower monster…the one that gets you daydreaming. You know the scenario: that magical day you line up on a Ferrari and live out everyone’s Fast and Furious fantasy.

The one where you:

  1. Win the race
  2. Shame the dude
  3. Get the girl

Ahhh yes…

Now that you’ve taken a second to imagine that scene from the movie, let’s return to reality. Because of real life concerns like budgets, insurance, significant others and gas mileage, lots of people will be purchasing the 2.0 Turbo version.

You know..the model that only has one turbo.

“One turbo? Old school, Bruh”.

Nah…the truth is, turbos in any quantity are back to stay and will likely usher in a golden era of automotive performance that we last enjoyed in the turbocharged 90’s.

No Replacement for Displacement?

Sure, bigger displacement motors will always be the dominant power plants in regards to hop up potential. There truly is no replacement for displacement after all.

And there seems to be a particular stigma in the Luxury Sport Sedan/Coupe scene about small displacement motors. While many owners now equate larger displacement 6 cylinder engines with luxury, let’s not forget that these 4 cylinder turbo motors aren’t that different that those found in other sporty cars.

A Weighty Decision

The weight differential between “pure” sports cars and “luxury” sport cars is less than you might think. For example: Subaru WRX – 3400 lbs, Audi S3 – 3400 lbs, Mitsubishi Evo – 3500 lbs. Granted, the Q50 2.0t weighs in around 3700 lbs. And yes, those other cars come from the factory with a lot more power.

However, there are plenty of indications that this engine is very capable of respectable output. We already know some versions of this motor (sourced from Mercedes) make 241 hp from the factory. The 208 hp version has been tuned to around 260 hp (and 302 lb-ft torque) with the stock turbo.

Needless to say, it appears there’s room for growth. If it’s possible to get the 2.0t into the 300 crank horsepower range, it will definitely be a blast to drive. It’d pretty much erase the 200 pound penalty and deliver all the real world benefits of a smaller displacement engine (insurance, gas mileage, happy girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, etc).

Go Fast Bits – Developing Q50 Turbo Aftermarket Parts

STILLEN has already confirmed fitment of our body styling polyurethane parts (Splitter, Diffuser, Side Splitters, Roof Wing, and Deck Wing), Axle-Back Exhaust, and Rear Sway Bar. We have a cat-back exhaust in development and more goodies on the testing bench.

Handling wise, our friends at RS-R already have lowering springs and coilovers done.

So the power, performance and style parts for the 2.0t Q50 are already on tap and ready to quench your thirst.

Driving Impression: Torque to the Rescue

When Infiniti released the Q50 back in 2013 (as a 2014 model), the enthusiast community was impressed by its styling, comfort, and performance. The tried and true VQ37 provided ample power for a bit of fun and that refined feeling. It was only a matter of time before Infiniti followed the market trend and began spec’ing a small displacement turbo engine for the base model. Like most people, we thought this was a bit of a travesty (we’d grown rather fond of the raspy V6).

Now that we finally got a chance to drive the 2016 version of the small displacement Q50…it’s..not so bad.

At the bottom end, horsepower feels a bit anemic, but a dose of torque on the low end of the curve helps move things off the line.

At the other end of the spectrum, the car definitely lacks the top end power we were accustomed to with the previous engine. Once you pass about 5K rpm it feels like the motor is being reined in. The power stops building and the acceleration falls off a bit.

It isn’t terrible, but it’s a little disappointing to say the least.

Good News Travel Fast

The good new is, our initial testing with exhaust parts has definitely yielded improved feel in top end power. This hints that the car will be very responsive to mods. Who knows…maybe a STILLEN modified 2.0t will end up being faster than the VQ37 equipped Q50’s. Time will tell.

Meanwhile…

Call your STILLEN Power, Performance and Style expert at 866-250-5422. We’ll help you build the Q50 of your dreams!

 

The Infiniti VR30 twin turbo might be one of the most hotly debated and anticipated engine design in years.  All the comments flying around the forums and blogs about a “cheap 600+ whp car” might make you wonder: is it wishful thinking, or an attainable goal?

For starters, the VR30 is not the same animal as the VG30 or a similar bulletproof iron block monsters of the 90’s. It’s also not a hand-built GTR motor already making 500+ hp.  Still, it’s all conjecture, and up until now Infiniti hasn’t released enough information to help separate fact from fantasy.

You may recall a few months ago we looked at the new VR30 Twin Turbo motor from an aftermarket perspective based on the information given at the time (An Aftermarket perspective on the new Nissan/Infiniti VR 3.0 Twin Turbo V6). Recently Infiniti released some “Technical Cinemagraphs” offering a closer look at this new engine. These Cinemagraphs give us a lot more information about the motor design and what we might be able to improve upon.

Twin Turbos and Two Outputs

As we already know, the VR30 will be a 3.0-liter V6 Twin-Turbo Engine with two output variations: one producing 300hp and the other a whopping 400hp. We covered the differences in the last blog post, so armed with fresh information we can look at areas we feel might yield results.

Intake Manifold and Intercoolers

Starting at the top with the most obvious (however not the cheapest) potential upgrade: the intake manifold. As you can see, the design of the intake manifold looks ideal for “packaging”. Looking at the diagram below you can see some of the restriction points as well as areas that are susceptible to turbulence. While this will work fine and is great for a the stock setup, it leaves room for potential improvement.

 

Take a look at the Nissan GTR Intake Manifold Design below. A larger plenum (which the OEM design doesn’t really have) helps take care of air starvation issue before the boost fully kicks in. The shape of the plenum creates less turbulence and feeds more directly into the runners. With this type of manifold, the runner lengths could also be optimized for performance. Coupled with the possibility of switching from an Air to Water to an Air to Air Intercooler setup (which would free up the space on top of the motor), a GTR-esque Intake Manifold would potentially yield serious gains.

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Intercooler Conundrum

We discussed an Air to Air Intercooler setup in the last article.  There are potentially limitations to the factory intercoolers as they were designed for a specific amount of power and boost. Also, with an increase in boost the almost 90° turn the air has to make could create another restriction point. If we can fit a front mount Air to Air Intercooler it could allow for a safer increase in boost and squeeze a lot more juice out of this new 3 liter.

You might say: “But STILLEN, what about the turbo lag from the increased distance between the turbo and throttle body?” While greater distance between the turbo and throttle bodies can increase the time it takes for the pressure to build, the effect is so negligible it’s not worth worrying about. The real difficulty lies with fitting all the plumbing in. We know what the Q50 engine bay looks like and an Air to Air Intercooler setup will prove very challenging. We hope that the Q60 gives us a little more space to work with. If not it should still be possible to upgrade the pump and heat exchanger for the Air to Water Setup, and/or upgrade the intercoolers themselves. However, because of the space restrictions, upgrading the actual intercoolers may be difficult.

High Flow Intakes

The next power grab opportunity is the intakes (everything pre-turbo). A visual analysis of the OEM design reveals an air flow path that can definitely be smoothed out. Understanding that Nissan/Infiniti had the parameters of the EPA to follow and NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) standards to meet, we know why they went with this design. Fortunately for us this leaves some room for improvement.

 

The air coming through the air boxes is forced through the restrictive panel filter, then takes a hard 90° turn over the Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF) which is not ideal because of turbulence created by this design. It then executes yet another 90° turn before reaching the turbos. Simply reducing the number of turns in the system and creating a smoother path for the air as it passes over the MAF will allow for more accurate readings (helpful in tuning) as well as less restriction. The restriction can also contribute to a significant power loss. On other modern turbo powerplants, we have observed notable power gains by simply adding a high flow intake which can increase the boost (boost can be limited by restrictions on the intake side of both Turbo’s and Superchargers).

Exhaust & Turbos

Exhaust system modifications on turbo cars always generate power gains. Down pipes and cat-backs are already a given for the VR30 and will be available from STILLEN. Now we finally got a look at the cylinder head to turbo interface so we can see what might be done about turbo upgrades.

 

Looking at the design of the turbo flange, it appears that fabricating an adapter for aftermarket turbos should be pretty simple. Though we don’t know specs on the turbos yet, it won’t be difficult to sort out good upgrade options for those looking to make a lot more power. The only limiting factor might be space, but most upgrades shouldn’t pose an issue.

 

We still need more information about the engine internals before we can be more specific about turbo upgrades and increased boost. However, most Nissan/Infiniti Motors tend to be pretty hearty. The old VG30’s were capable of 550-600 whp with a healthy block and the VQ37’s held up to about 500 whp on stock internals (with Turbo Kits). It seems fairly safe to assume we be able to get this motor close to the 500 whp mark without reliability issues. The 600 whp mark that everyone is hoping for might be a possibility, but it will depend on the strength of the internals.

 

We will be getting a few VR30 equipped test vehicles delivered to STILLEN in the next few months. We can’t wait to get our hands on them and start doing some real world testing. Stay tuned for more articles and info on the VR30 as we continue to learn more about this motor!

 

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With so much hype around the Infiniti Q50 and the new Twin Turbo V6 it will be receiving we think some people forgot that the new Q60 was being released soon. Well, today all of you two door lovers out there got a big treat.

 

Infiniti released the 2017 Q60 today at the Detroit Auto Show and it is beautiful. The new Q60 will come with the same engine options as the 2017 Q50. A 400 HP (350 lb-ft) Twin Turbo V6 at the top of the line up, a 300 HP (295 lb-ft) Twin Turbo V6 will be the middle option, and the entry motor will be a 208 HP (258 lb-ft) 2.0 Turbo Inline 4 (for more analysis on the Twin Turbo V6 motor please see our blog article “An Aftermarket perspective on the new Nissan/Infiniti VR 3.0 Twin Turbo V6“).

It is not clear yet, but it seems all versions will be available with AWD. Twin Turbo V6 variants will come with the 2nd generation of the Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) which will hopefully prove to be much better than the first generation. Infiniti is also adding a 2nd suspension option that they are calling the Dynamic Digital Suspension (Standard on Sport Models) which will allow you set you suspension for the right occasion.

 

All of these new options and upgrades made the Infiniti Q60 a much more appealing car in a very competitive segment. Though the 400 HP variant will probably run in the $50k range, we are certain that the mid level 300 HP Version will be able to be modified to compete with the big boys the way the BMW 435i has compared to the M3.

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Red Sport

 

With Nissan/Infiniti recently announcing the release of their new Twin Turbo V6, we wanted to take a closer look at this motor and what is means for the Aftermarket industry and Automotive Enthusiasts.

 

The all new ‘VR’ 3.0 Liter V6 Twin Turbo motor is touted by Nissan/Infiniti to be the most advanced V6 they have ever offered. With features like Direct Injection, high efficiency turbos, electronic wastegate actuator, etc, there is a lot to talk about.

Let us start with the pros of this engine when thinking about aftermarket tuning and modifications.

  • Twin Turbos…I repeat…Twin Turbos! Some of the most exciting times in the Tuning Scene were in the 90’s when most of the big import sports cars featured factory turbos. When a car comes factory equipped with a turbo charging system, many of the inherent challenges are solved. Is the engine bay properly designed to manage the heat generated? Is the engine able to handle the pressure of forced induction? Is the engine bay big enough to house turbos? All of these potential hurdles are instantly removed because the turbos and infrastructure are already there.
  • Direct Injection! Direct Injection systems have much higher flow ratings than they use so when adding power there is no need to upgrade the fuel system (to a point).
  • Electronic Wastegate Actuator. In the past the turbo wastegates were controlled by pressure and dictated by a boost controller. With an electronic wastegate actuator, you can control the wastegate and the amount of boost you make more accurately and variably. Nissan is using this to make more power on the 400 hp variant of this motor, and we should be able to have a lot of fun with it once we have an ECU control. If it is not possible to control the wastegate through the ECU there is always the option of using an aftermarket diaphragm style wastegate actuator and using a standalone boost controller. If and when ECU control is available it will be the most cost effective and best option.
  • Oxygen Sensor & Exhaust Pressure Sensor. Oxygen (O2) Sensors are obviously a crucial part of tuning. However, on forced induction motors the way O2 sensors record data is different because of the change in air properties under pressure. The addition of an Exhaust Pressure Sensor allow for more accurate scaling, tuning, and data in regards to the gases coming out of the cylinders. This means better and safer tuning when adding power.
  • Square Engine (1:1 Bore to Stroke Ratio). Utilizing a 86mm Bore and 86mm Stroke the new VR Motor is a “Square Engine”. The Square design gives a balance of Torque and Horse power (Torque is more dependent on total displacement while Horsepower is more dependent on valve area). With Square motor, you also get a smoother transition between the torque and horsepower power curve.

 

Other nice things we have noticed about the new VR 3.0 TT V6.

  • V-Band Coupler from Turbo to Down Pipe. This will make replacing the factory catalytic converter with a free flowing down pipe easy and leak free. V-Bands are one of the most effective ways to fasten exhaust parts together (especially areas of higher pressure and heat). Because the V-Band Coupler applies an inward radial force compressing the flange together, you have less chance for an exhaust leak with less effort of tightening.
  • No VVEL! Not that VVEL was inherently bad, but it was a major culprit in the heat issues experienced in the outgoing VQ engine. Nissan/Infiniti has switched to a new Valve Timing System (controlled by an electric motor accord to them).
  • Standard Turbos. With no mention of twin scroll technology, this could mean for more options when it comes to possibly upgrading the turbos.
  • Exhaust System. It looks like the cat-back section of the exhaust has not changed with the new motor. This would mean the current cat-back and axle-back options would still work. Do note, most cat-backs were not designed with forced induction in mind. STILLEN does have an advantage here because we designed our Cat-Backs to work with forced induction. This mainly applies for the Q50 as it will be the first Nissan/Infiniti to get the new Turbo motor.
  • Oil Filter. The location of the oil filter look very convenient for installing an oil cooler. While we don’t anticipate the VR 3.0 TT to have the same heat issues that the VQ’s had, it is always beneficial to keep those oil temps in check.

 

There will be some challenges, hurdles, and limitations. From what we have seen in diagrams and specification here are going to be some of the limiting factors of this motor and some possible solutions (these are just possibilities that cannot be confirmed till we have this motor to actually look at in person).

  • Integrated Exhaust Manifolds. While this does help reduce the size of the motor and provide some nifty emissions benefits, it does limit the capabilities of what we can do aftermarket.
  • Optical Turbo Speed Sensor (only available on 400hp variant). While this is an amazing tool for tuning and being able to run the turbo at peak efficiency, it does not come on the 300hp variant of the motor. This might make tuning less accurate. We won’t know till we take a closer look, but there is a huge advantage to being able to tune based on both boost and turbine speed.
  • Water-Cooled Intercooler System. While Air to Water intercoolers are great, they do provide some potential stumbling blocks on this motor. If you look at the location, it will be difficult to upgrade them. While upgrading the heat exchanger in front and possible the pump is fairly easy, big power would most likely require a Air to Air setup and the turbos are positioned to feed directly into the factory coolers. Just means more piping than what we’d like to add if that becomes the case.
  • Intake Manifold. You can see there might be some major restrictions, bottle necks, and harsh turns on the factory unit. This may be simple to remedy, but depending on how the manifold is designed and what the reset of the manifold and lower plenum look like it could be difficult and expensive. At first glance you can see some areas that look restrictive, but from other angles you can see how it is just a design feature, and not a bottle neck.
  • Air Boxes. Because we know the core support design has not changed in the new Q50, new air intake systems will require some major testing to see if we can place the filter outside of the engine bay. This is more crucial on the Turbo motor than the old VQ37 because turbo motors generate much more heat in the engine bay. When the new Q60 and Z are released we can see if the design is different than the Q50.

 

 

While all of this is based off of the information provided, and images available, we cannot say for sure what the potential is until we have one to do testing with. Never the less, we are very excited for the newest V6 from Nissan/Infiniti and can’t wait to start tuning them.

*Photos courtesy of Nissan & Infiniti.

 

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STILLEN Attends the First Annual NissFest!!!

STILLEN is deep rooted in the Nissan/Infiniti Community. So obviously when we heard there was going to be a new annual event for Nissan & Infiniti, we had to get involved.

The 1st Annual NissFest event was held at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. With this being the first show and also taking place a little later in the year we were still very happy with the turn out. It was great seeing a lot of the local Nissan/Infiniti Enthusiasts happy to come out, show off their cars, visit vendors, and also just admire what others had done to their cars as well. We are very much looking forward to next year and hope to see even more people attend!

It was also great to see so many cars featuring STILLEN Parts. Here are some of our favorites from the show!

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The annual OC Auto Show has always been a great way for Orange County Residents to see what is current in the Automotive world without having to make the big trek up to Los Angeles a month later.

If you are in Orange County and want a convenient way to go look at all the cars currently on the market and a few prototypes as well, the Auto Show is a great event. There are definitely some great cars that we found interesting and exciting. Our top 3 would have to be…

Toyota FT-1:

The “Supra Successor” has been a big topic of discussion in the car community for years. While there are still a lot of detail unreleased, if this car makes it to production in the near future it will be epic. If you haven’t had a chance to see it in person, photos don’t do it justice.

Ford Focus RS:

The epic hatch is filling the empty shoes left by the late Mitsubishi Evo X. With a 2.3L Turbocharged Engine putting down around 350 HP to all 4 wheels. Looks like the Subaru WRX STI is gonna have some competition again.

Lexus GS-F:

Lexus has been teasing GS owners for years with the idea of a M5 competitor. With the newest generation of the GS released, Lexus has finally delivered on their promise. Though not the most stunning in stock form, we feel the body lines and shape have great potential to our fellow enthusiasts out there.

If you want to check everything out in person tickets are only $12.00 and the show runs from now through Sunday (Oct. 18th).

 

We are pleased to announce the release of the STILLEN Infiniti Q50 Sway Bar Set.

Sway Bars are easily the biggest performance upgrade you can make to your car’s suspension. Though not as popular as lowering a vehicle because there is no aesthetic change, it is a much more noticeable and dynamic modification. Modern vehicles (especially luxury cars) are designed with comfort in mind first, and then handling is more of an afterthought with most consideration given to safety. Because of this, we often find ourselves with a car that has great potential, but has a tendency to understeer and wallow through turns.

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The STILLEN Q50 Sway Bars solve this issue by strengthening the link between both sides of the suspension. This results in less body roll, a stronger contact patch, and better balance in and out of turns. The Sway Bars are also adjustable allowing you to tune your suspension to favor Understeer or Oversteer. No matter what how you drive your Q50, the STILLEN Sway Bars are comfortable enough for everyday driving, while providing the performance you want for canyon carving and/or the occasional track day.

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STILLEN Q50 Sway Bars (304396) Feature:

  • Front Sway Bar
  • Rear Sway Bar
  • 3 or 5 way adjustable
  • Red Powder Coat Finish
  • Hollow Tube Construction for weight savings
  • Fits RWD Q50, Q50S, Q50 Hybrid, and Q50S Hybrid
  • Made in America

AWD Setup is currently in development and should be ready in the near future.

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Infiniti recently released the Q30, their latest concept vehicle which will break them into the CUV (Compact Utility Vehicle) market. This has been a fast growing segment with the likes of Audi, BMW, and Lexus dominating thus far. The Infiniti Q30 is a good looking CUV and we feel like it has a good chance to give the Lexus NX, BMW X1, and Audi Q3 a run for their money (at least in the eyes of consumers).

 

The new trend…

With a large group of the 1990’s and early 2000’s tuner community starting families and changing their lifestyles, it is no surprise we have began to see more modifications being done to CUVs, SUVs, and even Minivans. STILLEN wanted to give you a quick rendering of what the Infiniti Q30 could look like with even some minor modifications.

 

There is so much potential in this new market and STILLEN is excited to see where it goes.

Instead of telling you what everyone else has and will about the car, we would like to take a different approach to car reviews for all of you enthusiasts out there and we’re going to start with an Infiniti Q70 review. The Infiniti Q70S 5.6 (previously the M56S) is a great car overall. Coming equipped with a 5.6 Liter V8, 20 inch wheels, and Akebono big brakes. The car handles decently for a 2 ton luxury sedan designed to be comfortable, and has ample power to get up and move when you want to. So why does STILLEN find the Q70S interesting? STILLEN has specialized in modifying Nissan/Infiniti Models since 1986 and is recognized as a premium automotive aftermarket manufacturer and distributor. With STILLEN’s experience and reputation, tuning is the only logical course for a car with such a well-developed platform.

Protecting Your Investment

Before we get into talking about performance modifications in our Infiniti Q70 review, we want to make sure owners think about more than just performance parts. To keep your Infiniti Q70 running properly and looking it’s best, it’s also important to make vehicle maintenance and interior/exterior protection a priority. After all, with such a high end car, something that everyone can value is protecting their investment. As such, we always recommend taking your car to a qualified shop or mechanic for regular maintenance. Equally important is regularly washing and waxing your car to protect the exterior. Lastly, we believe protecting your car’s interior is also important. To do this, we recommend WeatherTech Floor Liners, which are an excellent idea for any owner looking for something to protect their carpets against mud, dirt, and general wear and tear.

Infiniti Q70 Review: Uncork the Power

The first thing you think of when you hear 5.6 Liter V8 is power. Now, the Q70S put down some respectable numbers on the STILLEN Dyno; 310 wheel horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque. A bit more drive train loss than we would have expected for a car rated at 420 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque, but there is room for improvement. Under full throttle you can definitely feel the torque, but the top end power is a little lacking. The engine feels like it wants to go but there is something holding it back. A quality exhaust system to uncork the extremely quiet and restrictive stock system is a great way to get back some of that top end power that big V8 wants to make. This subsequently brings up another area for improvement on the Q70S (M56S). The exhaust note is very quiet and luxurious, which is not something most enthusiasts are interested in. An aftermarket exhaust system would remedy this very quickly as well (giving you an aggressive note for aggressive driving but maintaining a high end and quite note while crusing). A good option here would be the STILLEN Near Cat-Back M56/Q70 Exhaust. Now, if you are looking for the most power you can get from your Q70 or M56…we could recommend adding a set of K&N Drop In Filters and UpRev Tune to your STILLEN Exhaust.

Enthusiast’s Suspension Improvements

Now the Q70S (M56S) is a real stunner. The stock suspension has a lot of travel which is used to keep ride quality optimal (it is very nice). While this type of suspension soaks up speed bumps like a champ, the high ride height is something many people would like to reduce. Also, with this type of luxury suspension the handing does suffer a bit as this 4000 lb sedan wallows through turns a bit. How would STILLEN solve these two issues? Fortunately this is another modification where you can kill two birds with one stone. There a few good options here to fit your goals and budget. The first option would be a set of lowering springs like the RSR Down Sus Springs. Lowering the center of gravity on the car and firming up the suspension both improve the handling, reduce the body roll, and make the wheel gap a little more refined. Another quality option would be a set of RSR Sport-i or Black-i Coilovers. If you need that extra bit of performance while still lowering the car and maintaining factory like ride quality, this would be a great option. However, for those looking to go the extra mile and really set their car apart, we would recommend the AirREX Digital Air Suspension System. With this system you can set your ride height anywhere you want and adjust it with the click of a button.

Setting the Q70 Apart From the Rest

After suspension, it only makes sense to talk about the wheels. Now the Q70S (M56S) comes with factory 20×9 +43 offset forged wheels made by Rays Engineering. One of the first things any enthusiast would notice is the wheels are far from flush. A relatively inexpensive option for someone who loves their stock wheels and would like to keep them would be some H&R Wheel Spacers. The best option would be 10mm Spacers front and rear to move those wheels out and reduce that “sunk” factory look. One could also go with 10mm Spacers up front and 15mm Spacers in the rear to give it a little bit of a staggered look that is seen on a lot of rear wheel drive sports cars. For owners looking to personalize their Q70S (M56S) a bit more there are some great aftermarket wheel options. With such a large vehicle owners are able to fit either 20 or 22 inch wheels on the car. A great option would be the Vossen VFS-1’s (STILEN Recommends 20 or 22×9 +32 and 20 or 22×10.5 +45 for that flush fit). We all know wheels are one of the biggest modifications that can really set your car apart from the rest.

Brake System Improvements for Enthusiasts

The last thing to address in our Infiniti Q70 review would be the braking performance. Now the Sport model which we tested came equipped with the factory Akebono Sport Calipers. While impressive and very efficient, there is always room for improvement. We feel like a simple performance Brake Pad and Rotor upgrade would take the braking performance from good to great. For rotors, we would upgrade to the STILLEN Cross Drilled and Slotted or J-Hook ® Rotors paired with either STILLEN Performance Brake Pads or Hawk Performance Brake Pads. That extra bite and fade resistance really come in handy for the enthusiast that likes to do some performance oriented driving. Along with that, a GoodRidge Stainless Steel Brake Line upgrade will insure a consistent pedal feel (factory rubber lines can swell under heat and cause the brake pedal to feel mushy) so you can drive and brake with confidence.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, the Q70 (M56) is a great tuner platform and we look forward to helping you make your car unique and amazing! With just a few modifications to the Infiniti Q70, you can easily strike the perfect balance between luxury and performance. If you have questions about any of the Infiniti Q70 parts listed above or would like additional information about our suggestions, give one of our performance specialists a call at 866-250-5542 and we will be happy to help you. Also, if you live in the Southern California area and are looking to make some of the customizations listed in our Infiniti Q70 review and need a good shop to make the installations, give us a call to make an appointment! The STILLEN Southern California performance shop features a full staff of ASE certified professional technicians, who will be happy to install your aftermarket parts for you.

 

NOTE: All the modification listed also apply to the Infiniti M37 and Q70 (3.7). See www.STILLEN.com for more details.