Ultimate Nissan 350z Turbo Kit Guide

author avatarJoe Terrell
10/27/202027th October, 2020
Filed under 350z Tuning

We review the most popular 350z turbo kits available on the market today. This is the ultimate 350z turbo kit guide.

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The Nissan 350z is a great car. The engine runs like a finely tuned machine. Modern styling, rear wheel drive, a howling v6 and now at reasonable prices the 350z makes a tempting proposition.

It’s these features and more that won the 350z a place in our best drift cars for beginners article.

However, there is one small snag – power.

The stock 285 PS may be fine for the street but if you want to increase power from the naturally aspirated VQ35DE you are going to have to dig deep. Tuning a naturally aspirated engine like the VQ35DE is expensive and ultimately yields limited results.

So what can you do with your 350z if you want more power?


Forced induction

Since the 350z (Z33) has become a mature platform there are a number of tried and tested 350z Turbo kits available to you. There are also plenty of supercharger kits available.

Not sure what to go for?

Then check out our detailed turbocharger vs supercharger guide to find out which forced induction is right for your Z.

If you are still reading then it’s a turbo kit you are after, but which kit is right for you?

We have written this guide to hopefully help you make your 350z turbo kit decision a little easier.

Turbocharging The Nissan 350z

There’s no question that although they look fantastic, Nissan’s 350z is a heavy car, and with the stock engine, it can feel a little low on power when trying to keep up with other performance cars.

Thankfully, the VQ35DE and VQ35HR engines found in the 350z can produce far more power than Nissan provided them with from the factory, and they’re strong enough to handle 400 WHP from forced induction in stock form.

Turbo kits provide the best bang-for-your-buck upgrades for unlocking the true power potential of these engines.

Before a turbo upgrade, you’ll need to consider the supporting breathing mods, such as a exhaust system, along with Y-Pipes, Test Pipes, Headers, and a Cold Air Intake.

Depending on the extent of your power goals, you may also want to consider opting for a uprated clutch while you’re already carrying out the work.

Don’t forget about the suspension too. We highly recommend carrying out a coilover upgrade.

Although it’s easy to get carried away with chasing down colossal power gains, handling is essential to get the most out of your setup.

If you’re looking to go even further, make sure you check out our 350z mods guide, where we explain everything you need to know about upgrading your Z.

For those of you that intend to go beyond the stock-engine safety bracket of 400 WHP, you’ll need to consider carrying out internal upgrades to your engine rather than regretting it later.

Uprated head gasket upgrades come highly recommended, but many additional internal upgrades are also readily available on the market, such as pistons, rods, and cams.

Other considerations for upgrading to a turbocharged setup are cooling and fuelling.

Having a highly-regarded tuner install the kit correctly can make a massive difference in power delivery and long-term reliability.

Turbocharging a little out of your price range right now? Then why not pick up an intake plenum spacer?

A perfect solution for affordable horsepower for your VQ35DE.


Let’s take a look at our 350z turbo kits

To read more about any of these products just click on the turbo kit name or photo.

Jim Wolf Technologies Twin Turbo kit

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  • Manufacturer: Jim Wolf Technologies
  • Fitment: Nissan 350z Z33, G35
  • Turbo configuration: Twin turbo
  • Value for money: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Purchase link: Buy the JWT Twin Turbo kit

Our comment: The JWT kit is a great starter turbo kit that comes in at a mid level price point. Offering 125 WHP out of the box and impressive reliability claims, this could be the perfect solution to safely increasing your power. Further upgrade options are available to really make things interesting. Nice kit!

Manufacturer description:JWT originally designed this kit as a feasibility study in conjunction with Garrett and Infiniti’s product planner at the time. The kit is designed around the O.E. criteria for reliability, no boost lag, and safe but significant power levels.”

“The JWT Twin Turbo Kit has accomplished this and more over thousands of miles of reliable track and street use since it’s release. All critical airflow junctions use application specific castings to maximize flow and eliminate boost lag. Turbo outlets have isolated waste paths to improve turbine efficiency.”

“JWT has combined high efficiency Garrett GT Ball Bearing Turbos, Garrett charge cooler cores (700+hp rated) with over 300 individual parts, to create the most complete and reliable bolt on forced induction system available for Nissan and Infiniti VQ35 vehicles.”

“No other boosting solution combines the reliability, performance, and throttle responsiveness of this system.”

“This system is complete requiring no other modifications to deliver an additional 125WHP and much more with additional JWT upgrade stages.


Turbonetics Single Turbo kit

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  • Manufacturer: Turbonetics
  • Fitment: Nissan 350z Z33, G35
  • Turbo configuration: Single turbo
  • Value for money: 🔥🔥🔥
  • Purchase link: Turbonetics Single Turbo kit

Our comment: Turbonetics are a well known brand that have been producing turbo chargers since 1978. Their turbos have found homes on nearly every type of import and domestic platform over the years.

Offering a potential 450 PS from a Turbonetics 60-1 turbo charger this kit should give any 350z owner enough grunt to keep them satisfied. It is also the most affordable kit in our guide.

Manufacturer description:Direct bolt on! Includes:

  • Authentic Turbonetics 60-1 turbo charger ( good for 450hp)
  • Authentic Turbonetics 38 Evolution wastegate
  • Stainless steel turbo manifold set
  • Stainless steel turbo downpipe
  • Bolt-on intercooler kit (with intercooler 30×7.5×3)
  • Type-rs blow off valve
  • Oil line kit with all fittings (oil drain, oil feed)”


HKS GT Full Twin Turbo kit

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  • Manufacturer: HKS
  • Fitment: Nissan 350z Z33, G35
  • Turbo configuration: Twin turbo
  • Value for money: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Purchase link: HKS GT Full Turbo kit

Our comment: HKS are a premium Japanese parts brand that only put out high quality gear. Their GT series turbo chargers are highly sought after and with these cast iron manifolds you should have no problems. Big HKS fans right here.

Manufacturer description:Twin Turbo Set Up Kit with turbochargers for high power spec Z33.Turbines can be selected from quick response GT-SS, well balanced GT2530 and high power GT-RS.Stock catalytic converters can be used with the kit.In order to install Set Up Kit, some modifications, making suction and other pipes and ECU setting are required.”


HKS GT-SS 350z Twin Turbo kit

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  • Manufacturer: HKS
  • Fitment: Nissan 350z Z33, G35
  • Turbo configuration: Twin turbo
  • Value for money: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Purchase link: HKS GT-SS 350z Twin Turbo kit

Our comment: For those of you that are tempted by the HKS kit above but haven’t quite got the budget to stretch to the GT kit, they offer a cheaper alternative, which still offers a decent power upgrade, along with the typical HKS quality and reliability we’d expect.

Where you would expect to achieve around 315-400 HP from the more expensive kit above, the GT-SS is more suited to around the 315 HP mark.

Sure, it’s not going to make for the most insane build imaginable, but given the price tag, it offers a fantastic opportunity over the higher-powered kit for those of you that want a reasonably-priced, reliable twin-turbo setup for your Z.

The main positive of the GT-SS is its quick-spooling ability, which makes for a fantastic reasonably-powered fast road setup, with the minimal spooling time required.

Manufacturer description:HKS Turbo Kits offer unsurpassed performance and craftsmanship from a full turbo upgrade for factory turbocharged vehicles. These kits consist of new, larger HKS designed turbos, new precision crafted exhaust manifolds, HKS poppet-style external wastegates, flanged exhaust downpipes, and all associated hardware for a complete and detailed installation.

HKS Full Turbo Upgrades are designed and sized to promote phenomenal top end horsepower and a good range of response throughout the RPM band for the amount of airflow. From the HKS precision crafted exhaust manifolds and downpipes to the HKS signature turbos and wastegates, each turbo kit is crafted to provide high levels of performance, quality and reliability.


Greddy Tuner Twin Turbo kit

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  • Manufacturer: GReddy
  • Fitment: Nissan 350z Z33, G35
  • Turbo configuration: Twin turbo
  • Value for money: 🔥🔥🔥
  • Purchase link: Discontinued

Our comment: UPDATED 28th February 2020: This product has now been discontinued. GReddy are another premium Japanese tuning company and they have a great reputation with their turbo chargers in the past. This twin turbo kit comes in at our highest price point however the parts list seems very complete. A solid choice.

Manufacturer description:This tuner kit features larger TD06SH-20G (900hp capable) turbos with a type 32R Front Mount Intercooler. The VQ35HR turbo kit includes all of the necessary hardware and parts to bolt right on to your car, including cast manifolds, racing downpipes, external wastegates, w/g dump pipes, a cast oil pan, and airinix intakes.”

“Because the turbos were designed to be used on lower boost stock motor applications as well as fully built race motors, it’s possible to increase the power significantly for serious performance gains. Users can enjoy flexibility when it comes to fueling options, with plenty of room to upgrade.


APS 350z Twin Turbo kit

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  • Manufacturer: APS
  • Fitment: Nissan 350z Z33, G35
  • Turbo configuration: Twin turbo
  • Value for money: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Purchase link: APS 350z Twin Turbo kit

Our comment: Initially, APS offered two widespread solutions to the 350Z turbo market, and although the single turbo option is no longer available to purchase, the typically-preferred twin-turbo kit is still available from resellers.

Of course, we would contact the reseller before purchasing to ensure they have the kit in stock. However, although there is usually a decent range of spares available for the kit, this may put some potential buyers off.

There are sometimes mixed feelings on this kit, but it mainly appears to lack big-power preparation, which has caused head gasket issues on the stock setup.

However, many owners have achieved well over 100,000km with no issues, thanks to the all-important correct tuning and supporting mods.

We recommend upgrading the head studs, along with a heavy-duty head gasket, and potentially going with forged engine internals to get the most of this kit while still maintaining reliability.

Although the single turbo kit was a popular choice, many ended up switching for this more impressive twin-turbo set up further down the line.

This kit can achieve the maximum power potential of the 350Z engine and could potentially reach the 600hp mark with the correct internal engine upgrades.

Manufacturer description:Insane horsepower and monster torque, the APS High Output System moves the 350Z performance enthusiast exclusively into the supercar owner’s club. Best of all, the APS enhanced 350Z delivers uncompromised driveability.

Crisp throttle response, tidal waves of torque, silky smooth highway cruising, and excellent fuel economy all add up to an outstanding daily driver – and at your whim, mash the pedal and unleash the beast within!


SFR 350z Twin Turbo kit

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  • Manufacturer: SFR
  • Fitment: Nissan 350z Z33, G35
  • Turbo configuration: Twin turbo
  • Value for money: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Purchase link: SFR 350z Twin Turbo kit

Our comment: Speed Force Racing has one of the highest regarded reputations in the 350Z tuning scene.

The owner, Tim, is known for customizing each turbo kit to suit each owners’ individual preferences.

Thanks to the company’s personal touch, there’s a wide variety to choose from when it comes to finding the perfect kit for your needs. Should you have any further custom requirements, we have no doubt they’ll be happy to help.

Not only do they make an ideal ‘stock block’ setup, which is capable of pushing out 476WHP at 10.4 PSI, but if you’re willing to go all-out with your 350Z build, then they’ve got dyno-proven potential to reach 898WHP!

Manufacturer description:The 350Z and G35 is definitely a well rounded sports car.They have the looks that make people turn their heads.The handling of these cars is great and the power is adequate.

However, we felt the the performance hungry enthusiast might find the performance a bit anemic.For most people, this is not enough so we developed the Speed Force Racing twin-turbo system.Now you can have a dyno proven 476 horsepower at the wheels out of your 350Z/G35 on a completely stock motor!


Our winner

Our winner is the JWT Twin Turbo kit

To pick our winner from this choice of 350z turbo kits we looked at a number of criteria; ease of installation, power levels, upgrade potential and price point.

Based on these criteria we have chosen the JWT Twin Turbo kit to be our winner.

Jim Wolf Technologies Twin Turbo kit

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With the high quality of components, USA based manufacturing and support base, low boost twin turbo response, motorsports proven track record (the kit was developed on their own competition car) and price point the JWT Twin Turbo kit makes a very good case for itself.

The Turbonetics kit looks pretty decent and is very affordable for a turbo kit however you will be limited by the turbo charger if you want to chase more power with a built engine. The single turbo also suffers from more lag.

The two Japanese kits both look like great systems however retailers are running out of stock as they are becoming discontinued so finding replacement parts may be a struggle. The higher price point on both of these units also marked them down slightly.

So thanks to Jim Wolf Technology for helping out 350z owners looking for more power by putting out a great product!

Thank you for reading our 350z turbo kit guide

Now that your 350z’s power is cranked up to eleven why not address the suspension? Our 350z Coilover guide is perfect for guiding into your next set of suspension. Need a nice intake for your new turbo charger? Try our 350z cold air intake guide. If you are going to be increasing your VQ’s power level then consider our 350z clutch guide.

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Planning to mod your Nissan 350Z? Check out our Ultimate Nissan 350z Modification Guide.

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author avatar Written by Joe Terrell Drifted.com founder, motoring journalist and all-round car enthusiast. Read more about Joe and the Drifted team on our about us page.

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