Nissan 350Z with a Turbo VR6

Nissan 350Z with a Turbo  2.9 L VR6

The owner of this Nissan 350Z really enjoys building projects that are challenging. For example his previous project was a DeLorean with a 2JZ. So after purchasing a clean 350Z he sold the VQ35DE V6 and set off to install a turbocharged VR6 in its place.

Nissan 350Z with a Turbo  2.9 L VR6

Unfortunately there are no engine swap kits for VR6 engines into 350Zs so the owner was going to have to make a lot of custom work. The 2.9 L VR6 was installed with a pair of custom engine mounts. The oil pan also needed to be notched for clearance.

Nissan 350Z with a Turbo  2.9 L VR6

The owner wanted a lot of power so the engine was upgraded with a ported big valve head, Ross pistons, Cunningham rods, Tectonic Tuning 276 camshafts, LS3 ignition coils and a BorgWarner S363 turbocharger. This combo was good for 550 horsepower to the wheels but the engine is strong enough to handle 700+ horsepower.

Nissan 350Z with a Turbo  2.9 L VR6

Nissan 350Z with a Turbo  2.9 L VR6

All the factory Nissan gauges work perfectly because the owner was able to use the factory wiring harness with a MS3-Pro engine management system. The owner was nice enough to draw a detailed schematic for anyone wanting to install a VR6 engine in a 350Z using the stock wiring harness.

Nissan 350Z with a Turbo  2.9 L VR6

The owner made a custom bellhousing adapter which allowed the factory 350Z transmission to work with the VW engine. To handle the increased power the clutch was upgraded to a Z1 twin-disc and the rear end was swapped to a Infiniti G35 LSD.

Nissan 350Z with a Turbo  2.9 L VR6

Nissan 350Z with a Turbo  2.9 L VR6

The owner currently has the 350Z for sale in Orlando, Florida with an asking price of $25,000. He is also open to trades of equal value.

Nissan 350Z with a Turbo  2.9 L VR6

Source: My350Z (build thread) and SEO Motorsports FB page via ESD readers Chris and Ñathanael

7 Comments

      • MOPARfan

        Actually it surprises me that within VAG community VR6 swaps are not common. They’re compact, they have decent aftermarket and since they were available in variety of cars, Mk3 Golf, VW Jetta, VW Corrado etc. there are plenty of them.

  1. CSRT4

    I’m actually a big fan of the gorgeous sound that VR6’s make. I’d like to toss one in a lotus seven I’m building.

  2. Sameeg

    Awsome. I have a 2002 pt cruiser and would like to do a vr6 swap. Does anyone know of an attempted or existing swap perhaps? Bellhousing mods i have to consider with the pt box and the elec system would help. Can i use a management system to piggyback on the pt ecm? Thanks a ton.
    Sameeg

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