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STILLEN Front Splitter + Winglets / STILLEN Rear Diffuser
Vossen VSF2 20×9.5et25 / 20×10.5et25 with Yokohama ADVAN V105 245/35-20 / 275/30-20 on RS-R SuperDown Springs

Sporting the a smorgasboard of STILLEN Q60 mods, Deryck G’s 2017 Infiniti Q60 RS AWD is certainly a sight to behold. The Q60 is already a gorgeous vehicle, but the addition of STILLEN Aero and performance upgrades really makes this Infiniti Q60 RS especially slick. Starting with the ivory white exterior, Deryck has some great contrast going on between the matte black trim, aero and wheels against the crisp white of the body.

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STILLEN Front Splitter + Winglets
Vossen VSF2 20×9.5et25 / 20×10.5et25 with Yokohama ADVAN V105 245/35-20 / 275/30-20 on RS-R SuperDown Springs

To give the Infiniti Q60RS the low slung stance a curvaceous coupe like it deserves, Deryck opted to drop the Q60 Suspension with a set of SuperDown Springs from RS-R. A more conservative option than a coilover, yet a better stance and better handling than stock. The blacked out grilles and fender trim really drives the theme home, creating a cohesive look – everything looks like it belongs, nothing jarring and out of place. It’s exquisite.

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STILLEN Front Splitter + Winglets / STILLEN Intakes for Infiniti Q60 3.0tt

Bolstering the already impressive 400hp output of the Q60 RS VR30DDTT are a set of STILLEN Air Intakes, one feeding each bank of cylinders. While RedSport models don’t pick up near as much power as SilverSports with our intakes, response is sharper and the induction note is so much more satisfying. Featuring two high flow conical filters and custom-fabricated MAF tube sections mated to contoured high-temperature urethane heat shields.

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STILLEN Intakes for Infiniti Q60 3.0tt

Whereas many competing aftermarket intake systems aren’t shielded at all, the ones that do are mostly using metal heat shields. Urethane offers superior thermal insulation, while metal is a thermal conductor and the heat shield itself will get hot, which can result in a heat-soaked condition on hot days. Well-insulated, closed-box or semi-sealed box intakes perform much more consistently in traffic and in hot weather, as it helps keep intake temperatures lower and more consistent. Some may argue that “intake temperature doesn’t matter because the intercooler will cool the aircharge anyway”, but that’s not true. The intercooler can get the air-charge colder if it starts with a colder incoming air-charge.

The TL;DR: is lower inlet air temperatures result in lower air charge temps at the throttle.

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The interior is stock for the moment, but the color combination is stellar – and really, there isn’t much you can improve upon – it’s a nice place to be.

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STILLEN Front Splitter + Winglets

The subtle aero and details add a splash of drama to the car’s somewhat sedate factory aesthetic – sleek and graceful yet aggressive, not unlike an F-22 Raptor fighter jet – whereas other combat aircraft that bristle with firepower have bulky hardpoints hanging off their wings and undercarriage, on the F-22, its impressive complement of missiles and such are stealthily tucked away for an extraordinarily clean profile in every regard – on radar, aesthetically and aerodynamically.

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STILLEN Rear Diffuser / Armore Design Rear Carbon Fiber Duckbill Spoiler / Vibrant Exhaust for Q60

It’s all the smaller details that make the finished package look as good as it does. Dressing up the tail of the car is an Armore Design CF Duckbill spoiler, paired with the STILLEN rear diffuser. Polished oversized tips of a custom-fabricated Vibrant catback exhaust for Q60 fill out the openings in the rear fascia, framed by the STILLEN Rear Diffuser for Q60.

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STILLEN Front Splitter + Winglets / STILLEN Rear Diffuser
Vossen VSF2 20×9.5et25 / 20×10.5et25 with Yokohama ADVAN V105 245/35-20 / 275/30-20 on RS-R SuperDown Springs

Somehow, this car just oozes charisma and manages to make the Q60’s already supple curves that much more enticing, and the play of light across each surface that much more beautiful.

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STILLEN Front Splitter + Winglets

The trifecta of the matte black grille, the matte black STILLEN Q60 Front Splitter and STILLEN Q60 Winglets with the blacked out front grille works together brilliantly, pairing like a great red wine and artisan-made cheese.

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STILLEN Front Splitter + Winglets / STILLEN Rear Diffuser
Vossen VSF2 20×9.5et25 / 20×10.5et25 with Yokohama ADVAN V105 245/35-20 / 275/30-20 on RS-R SuperDown Springs

There’s only so much we can say, because these photos do an excellent job speaking for themselves. Check out a few more incredible photos of this crisp-linen colored beauty.

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STILLEN Rear Diffuser / Armore Design Rear Carbon Fiber Duckbill Spoiler / Vibrant Exhaust for Q60
Vossen VSF2 20×9.5et25 / 20×10.5et25 with Yokohama ADVAN V105 245/35-20 / 275/30-20 on RS-R SuperDown Springs

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STILLEN Rear Diffuser / Armore Design Rear Carbon Fiber Duckbill Spoiler / Vibrant Exhaust for Q60

Giving the Q60 a unique exhaust note and even greater authority when you stomp the go pedal, the custom-fabricated Vibrant Performance Exhaust and Vibrant Performance High Performance downpipes wakes up the VR30DDTT like getting a bucket of water dumped on you while napping, offering snappier response and further enhanced horsepower and torque to all four wheels.

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STILLEN Rear Diffuser / Armore Design Rear Carbon Fiber Duckbill Spoiler / Vibrant Exhaust for Q60
Vossen VSF2 20×9.5et25 / 20×10.5et25 with Yokohama ADVAN V105 245/35-20 / 275/30-20 on RS-R SuperDown Springs

Deryck has put together an Infiniti Q60RS that’s sure to turn heads everywhere – this is the kind of car that gets the valet to park your car prominently in the front row, and with a tasteful suite of modifications, this is a package that looks, sounds and performs better than stock without any of the ‘racecar compromises’ that degrade the car’s streetability, making it an incredibly satisfying drive.

Thank you to Deryck for making STILLEN a part of his build; shoutout to Arthur Malczewski for shooting and sharing these incredible photos with us. Thank you for reading, we hope you enjoyed this feature!

Feeling inspired? Want your car to look like this? Give our team of experts a call at 1-866-250-5542 or shop online and even chat live with the team at STILLEN.com. Thanks for joining us, and for those interested, check out the full mod list below.

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Arthur Malczewski

Full Mod List

Exterior

  • Stillen Q60 Front Lip (Matte Black)
  • Stillen Q60 Front Winglets (Painted Matte Black)
  • Stillen Q60 Rear Diffuser (Matte Black)
  • Vossen VSF2 Wheels – 20×9.5F ET25 / 20×10.5R ET25
  • Yokohama Advan V105 Tires – 245 / 35-20 / 275 / 30-20”
  • Blacked out chrome grille, window trim, fog light, side gills, blacked out roof
  • Armore Design Rear Carbon Fiber Duckbill Q60 Trunk spoiler

 

Performance

  • Stillen High Flow Intakes for Q60 3.0TT
  • Custom-fabricated Vibrant Performance Cat-back Exhaust System
  • Custom-fabricated Vibrant Performance GESI Ultra High Converters Down-Pipes
    (note: car/owner not in USA, USA E P A/A R B regulations do not apply.)

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STILLEN Dealer Profile: Infiniti Melbourne x STILLEN Q60 Red Sport

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The twin-turbocharged Infiniti Q60 Red Sport has been gaining traction with the aftermarket as development progresses on this exciting new luxury coupe. This is evident to us here at STILLEN, as we get feedback from our vast network of partner dealerships. One such dealership, Infiniti of Melbourne in Melbourne, Florida, has seen an increase in the sales of the Q60 as its popularity surges, and reached out to us to collaborate to create this Melbourne x STILLEN Infiniti Q60 Red Sport.

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STILLEN Unpainted Front Bumper Splitter for 2017 Infiniti Q60 [V36]

Every enthusiast knows, a car that stands out from the crowd is the car that’s going to capture your attention. When you think about why we modify our vehicles, one of the biggest reasons we do it is to look good. Melbourne Infiniti is well aware of this, and so fitting one of the Q60’s in their showroom with STILLEN Unpainted Front Bumper Splitter for 2017 Infiniti Q60 [V36] was a no-brainer.

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Body Styling and Lowering are on the Rise

It’s an unspoken rule among auto enthusiasts that every car looks better with a set of gorgeous wheels and lowered suspension. Therefore, it’s not surprising that with this rise in sales, there is a corresponding increase in aftermarket upgrades purchased. To give this car that oh-so-desirable lowered stance, a set of RS-R Lowering Springs for 2009+ Infiniti Q60 were fitted, offering a 1.2in drop up front and a 1.0in drop at the rear for a sleek yet understated look. A slick set of semigloss black Vossen Wheels completes the aesthetic.

We spoke to Infiniti of Melbourne’s Parts Department manager, Luke Degraff, who shared some of his observations.

“The increased sales of the Q60 coupe, along with its sedan sibling, the Q50, have led to an increase in aftermarket parts sales, especially the STILLEN Unpainted Front Bumper Splitter for 2017 Infiniti Q60 [V36] and the STILLEN Rear Valance Diffuser for 2014-2017 Infiniti Q50 [V36]. A good number of customers have also chosen to lower their new Q50 or Q60 with a set of RS-R Lowering Springs for 2009+ Infiniti Q60 [V36] RWD (N120D). We chose Vossen Wheels to complete the showroom model. The presentation has been very well received!”

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The STILLEN equipped Q60 was a hit at Infiniti of Melbourne’s Cars and Coffee event this past Saturday, July 22.

Infiniti of Melbourne also regularly hosts a Cars and Coffee event at the dealership. During their July 2017 event, the STILLEN/RS-R/Vossen equipped Q60 certainly drew plenty of attention from visitors checking out the vehicles on display.

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Are you ready to upgrade your Q50 or Q60 V36? If you’re already a customer or live near Infiniti of Melbourne, give Luke Degraff a call at 877-707-1190.

If you have any other questions about STILLEN Products, please feel free to contact us directly at 866-250-5542, by email at sales@stillen.com or via Live Chat at www.stillen.com!

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The VR30DDTT is an impressive motor. It is underrated from the factory as we have seen with dyno testing. The Hi-Output version is rated at 400 hp and 350 ft-lbs at the crank and the Low-Output version is rated at 300 hp and 300 ft-lbs at the crank. We have consistently seen ~375 whp and ~350 wtq from the Red Sport Q50’s and Q60’s and ~300 whp and ~290 wtq from the “300 hp” versions.

That being said, everyone is still excited to see what these motors can do. With factory forced induction there is often a ton of room for gains when you simply tune the car and crank the boost up. Now there is a lot to consider before assuming power gains by simply increasing boost and tuning. So strap on your thinking caps and prepare for the math!

The factory turbos on the VR30 are produced by Honeywell-Garrett. The model of the turbo is MGT14446LKSZ. We could talk technical specifications*, but in the end let us just say the turbos are small. What is more important is we have the turbo map for the MGT1446 turbo. This has allowed us to see what efficiency range the turbos are operating under stock boost, as well as the limits of the turbos when it comes to boost levels and power gains.

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We can see the VR30 Red Sport (400) boost curve looks something like this. With this knowledge, we can run a series of calculations to see the efficiency of the turbos throughout the RPM range.

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For everyone who would like to do the math themselves the basic formulas are as follows.
Cubic Feet/Min:

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Corrected Air Flow (CAF) lbs/min:

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Pressure Ratio (PR):

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So for stock boost our table will look like this:
*we use 1.5 liters as displacement as only half the motor feeds each turbo.

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Utilizing the same formula and increasing boost, we made a graph then overlaid onto the Turbo Map. We included the Low-Output graph for reference as well.

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You can see that even at stock boost (for the Red Sport) the turbos are off the efficiency island (below 60%) post 5750 RPM. So what happens as you move off the island? As turbo efficiency goes down you begin to generate more and more heat for the given boost pressure.

If you look at the stock dyno sheet, you can see where the horsepower curve begins to flatten out at around 5000 RPM. We have also seen with an aftermarket exhaust and secondary cat deletes the gains past the 5000 RPM area are far less significant. This can pretty much all be attributed to the turbos.

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2017 Q50 Red Sport 3.0tt Stock Dyno Sheet

We went ahead and also did graphs of increased boost pressure following the factory curve up to max pressure. We assume the lower boost pressure below 4000 RPM is to keep the torque under control for driveability’s sake.

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Looking at the chart, one can see that as you increase the maximum boost levels you move out of the efficiency island very quickly. At 17 PSI you move below 60% efficiency at 5500 RPM which is not much worse than stock. However, once we get into the 19 PSI Range you can see us leave efficiency by 5250 RPM. On top of that we are moving over 23.6 lbs/min (or 342 CFM) at 6250 RPM very far outside of the efficiency island. This puts a lot of stress on both the engine and turbos.

So aside from changing the turbos (which there are no upgrades available at this time), what can we do to safely increase power? We believe it is unwise to spin these turbos much past 17 psi in search of a lot more power (at least above 5000 RPM). So with a moderate increase in boost pressure, the name of the power game will be EFFICIENCY (yes I’m sure you’re tired of reading that word).

Restrictions:

With any factory setup, there are going to be restrictions. Some are cost related, some are emissions related, and some are Noise/Vibration/Harshness (NVH) related.

We already know the first restriction point lies in the intakes. Factory intake systems are the first point of emissions and sound control on a car. The STILLEN intakes have already shown impressive gains in the mid-range powerband. This makes sense as the highest efficiency range of the turbo at factory boost levels (and even elevated boost levels) will be in the 3250-5000 RPM range.

The factory exhaust system on the VR30 powered cars is definitely a bottleneck as well. We know the secondary catalytic converters narrow down to 1.5 inches (diameter) just before the cat-back. On top of that the factory cat-back exhaust is a mere 1.75 inches (diameter). Now removing the factory catalytic converters is frowned upon by the EPA, so we can’t recommend changing those out. However, a cat-back exhaust is perfectly legal and voids no warranties (which we are sure most of you know). On top of giving the Q50 & Q60 the exhaust note it deserves, the cat-back greatly increases the efficiency of the turbos by reducing back pressure. This reduction in back pressure reduces the resistance on the turbines and in turn allows them to spool faster and easier. This means for the same given turbine speed, you are able to create more boost (or the same boost) with less heat.

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While heat is necessary for an engine to run properly, too much is definitely a bad thing. While on a naturally aspirated motor, a cooler intake charge can greatly improve performance. Forced induction doesn’t yeild as impressive of results. Why is this? The air pulled through the intakes enters the turbo which compresses the air. The compression of air causes an increase in air temperature (see Boyle’s Law and Charles’ Law) which is problematic for internal combustion engines. With most forced induction setups there is an intercooler (or aftercooler) which is located between the turbo and the lower intake manifold. Said intercooler can be either an Air-to-Air or Air-to-Water system. The VR30 uses a pair of Air-to-Water intercoolers. The heat exchanger for the intercoolers (how the heat is removed from the system) is located in front of the radiator behind the grille.

The Red Sport version of the Q50 and Q60 both come with two waterpumps (push-pull) to increase cooling for the intercoolers. This makes sense as the Red Sport boost levels create a lot more heat at higher RPM than the 300 hp version. Knowing that many people will be increasing the boost of both models, everyone could definitely benefit from more cooling. While the intercooler units themselves would be difficult to upgrade since space in the engine bay is quite limited, the heat exchanger up front has some room to grow. Increasing the size of the heat exchanger does two things: allows for more heat to be extracted from the hot fluid, and increases the volume of fluid which increases the overall thermal capacity of the system. While this isn’t the ultimate solution, it would make running higher boost levels (17-18 psi) safer as well as reducing potential heat soak after prolonged aggressive driving.

Tuning:

While there is still a lot of exploring to do when it comes to tuning, there are several things we can see just by looking at the turbo map and dyno sheets. Your biggest gains will all be in the mid-range (2500-5000 RPM) with the stock turbos.

Based on the turbo map, tuning to 18 PSI from 4000-5000 RPM puts you in a very ideal efficiency range for the turbos. Now dropping the boost after 5000 RPM is important as holding too much boost is not ideal for the motor or turbos, but also won’t gain much additional power. This fine tuning of boost pressure adjustment is made easier by the factory electronically controlled wastegate actuators.

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While we are still waiting on the tuning companies we work with to release official software, we are confident it won’t be much longer. You can bet we are just as anxious to start tuning these cars as you are, but with any new platform the best products take a little time to develop.

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Although we probably won’t be seeing any 600 whp Q50’s or Q60’s without bigger turbos, there is still a lot of potential even on the factory units. Needless to say, we are all working on more ways to make power with this platform. STILLEN is about to release our new intake system for the 3.0t Q50 & Q60 along with our Cat-Back Exhaust for the 3.0t Q50!  Our engineering department has done a lot of work on these products and designed them with the factory setup in mind as well as future upgrades. Stay tuned (pun intended)!

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*From the information we could find from Garrett:
Compressor side: TRIM 55 – A/R 0.46
Turbine side: TRIM 76 – A/R 0.40
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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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