Nissan Qashqai Tuning

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The J10 was released in 2006, and Nissan had no idea what a resounding success this model would be.

It seemed the world was crying out for a decent crossover SUV. In the USA the Qashqai is badged as the Rogue Sport and in Japan and Australia it was labelled the Dualis.

The Qashqai is very capable, nice to drive and a practical family vehicle.

Some of the smaller engines feel a little under powered, but we guess that's why your here on our tuning site, looking for improvements and modifications to improve your Qashqai.

So let's look at Qashqai tuning and show our top modification picks. Nissan Qashqais have loads of potential and with carefully picked enhancements you can substantially improve your driving fun.

You can do a lot to improve the performance of your Qashqai with our step by step tuning tips. With the right mods your Qashqai can be transformed into an awesome motor.

Don't waste money, do your homework and follow our unbiased guides to each performance upgrade to avoid wasting money.

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Handling modifications are the thing most do first for the Qashqai. We suggest that you fit modified suspension and lower the car by 30-35mm. Larger drops require arch work - especially on models already equipped with performance suspension.

Top end power should be your overall aim on the Qashqai with a nice fat peak torque band.

With just a few mods you can turn your Qashqai into a really fun car, potentially beating bigger engined cars on the track.

Thankfully with even the smaller engine sizes, especially when turbocharged, you can increase power but you get more of a return on your investment with the larger more powerful engines.

Engine swaps are still one of the easiest ways to dramatically increase power and give you more scope for tuning.

Power mods.

These are the modified kits are usually fitted by our members, decide how far you wish to go in your tuning project before you get started.

First generation engine range (2006-2013)

  • 1.6 L HR16DE i4 (petrol)
  • 2.0 L MR20DE i4 (petrol)
  • 1.5 L K9K i4 (diesel)
  • 1.6 L R9M i4 (diesel)
  • 2.0 L M9R i4 (diesel)

Second generation Engines.

The J11 was released in 2013 and brought many revisions and improvements over the Mk1 including a new engine range, offering more power and better economy.

  • 1.2 L turbo i4 (petrol) 114 bhp 140 ft⋅lb
  • 1.6 L i4 (petrol) 161 bhp 177 ft⋅lb
  • 2.0 L MR20DE i4 (petrol) 148 bhp 148 ft⋅lb
  • 1.5 L Renault K9K i4 (diesel) 108 bhp 192 ft⋅lb
  • 1.6 L i4 (diesel) 129 bhp 236 ft⋅lbf

Getting the right sports mods for your planned usage of the car is a time and money saver. Stage 3 (competition) mods just won't work well on the road difficult in stop start traffic.

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Best Engine Mods for your car

  1. Mapping - remapping provides the most advantage in terms of cost savings,  aftermarket ECUs, and piggyback ECUs are all alternatives.
  2. Fast road cams are one of the most significant mechanical changes, but they must be installed by someone who knows what they're doing and they are not always easy to source but you might find a local firm to regrind a stock camshaft.
  3. Intake and Exhaust - Note that on their own these mods will NOT ADD POWER in most cases, but they can help enhance power after other mods by removing the restriction.
  4. Upgrades to turbochargers and superchargers - forced induction is the most efficient approach to increase air supply, allowing you to burn more fuel and make more power. It is one of the most costly upgrades but provides the best gains.
  5. Head work - The goals of porting and flowing the head are to get air flowing into the engine while removing flow restrictions and turbulence.

Typical stage 1 mods often include: Panel air filter, Remap, Sports exhaust, Alloy wheels, Lighter flywheel, Suspension upgrade (drop 30-40mm).

Typical stage 2 mods often include: high flow fuel injector, Power/Sport clutch, Ported and polished head, Fast road cam, fuel pump upgrades.

Typical stage 3 mods often include: Adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger), Sports gearbox, Competition cam, Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves), Engine balancing.

You should keep as much low end power as possible and aim to achieve a long power band across the rev range rather than a narrow top end power hike.

The whole point of our advice is to give a limited introduction of car tuning upgrades and point you in the right direction, our forum is the place to go for detailed advice and tips on your modified car project, the best uprated modifications and all aspects of modding cars.One of the most cost effective mechanical uprated modifications you can do on your NA (naturally aspirated) engine is to fit a fast road camshaft .

The intake and exhaust flow play a large part in your cars power band, but be careful here, getting this wrong can upset the idle and make the car impossible to drive in traffic. You'd need to follow a camshaft upgrade with other mods and finish with a remap to fully release the power gain.You will need to ensure that the engine is not starved of fuel so will need to uprate the fuelling.

If you find you experience flat spots and power surges after your uprated parts you should check the fuelling and try a higher octane fuel as well. Uprated injectors will enable you to supply sufficient fuel to the engine. Uprate the fuel pump to cope with the extra fuel requirements of your tuned Qashqais uprated injectors.

Intake and Exhaust Tuning.

The next area for modification is the intake and exhaust. Contrary to popular belief there is usually a small if any power gain to be had by fitting an induction kit, they only work well and are recommended after you increase the engines power to the point where the standard air intake box cannot cope! Maximum power gains come from a full induction kit with a cold air feed on heavily tuned engines, this can be sited within an air box but a performance panel filter should suffice for most applications. TorqueCars suggest you use a panel air filter as these are easy to clean and maintain and generally perform better than paper ones.

Sports exhausts can help increase the flow of air through the engine. But if the exhaust is too large, ie: over 2.5 inches bore, you will lose much of the exhaust flow rate and end up lacking power and torque.

Getting the head flowed (ported and polished) will allow you to get more air into each cylinder. This is definitely a job for a professional with a flow bench. Your clutch can lose you loads of power as the power goes up if it starts to suffer and the standard clutches are only ever good for power gains of up to 43%. Fit an uprated clutch to avoid power loss through the transmission. NA (naturally aspirated) engines do not achieve big power gains if you remap them, unless you have done extensive modifications. With turbocharged engines this is another story. A remapped turbo will give significant power gains and fully release the potential power of the engine.

We've also seen some tuners toying with twincharging applications and making some impressively high power hikes.

Despite the large cost involved adding forced induction to a NA (naturally aspirated) engine will give large power gains. Superchargers are generally easier to add than a turbo. It is difficult to map fuelling with a turbo as the boost increases exponentially with revs.

It is easier to map a supercharger because the boost is correlating to engine speed on a linear curve. Decreasing the engines compression ratio will allow you to add forced induction, water injection may also help prevent detonation.

Alloy wheel upgrades.

Alloy wheels will help the brake cooling and are usually less heavy than steel ones. Please note that although they can look cool on the Qashqai big alloys will actually decrease your performance. The larger you go the lower your acceleration will be - this to the change in your effective final drive ratio.

For this reason endeavour to keep the overall rolling diameter of the wheel the OEM setup. In all cases we do not recommend going above 19 inches.

Putting the wider wheels and widening the track of the Qashqai significantly improves handling and grip, when pared with the correct suspension geometry and settings.

If you would like to know more, or just get some friendly advice on Tuning your car please join us in our friendly forum where you can discuss Qashqai options in more detail with our Qashqai owners. It would also be worth reading our unbiased Nissan tuning articles to get a full grasp of the benefits and drawbacks of each modification.

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2 Responses to “Qashqai Tuning”

  1. Lee says:

    I’ve got a j10 2013 nissan qashqai 1.6 petrol
    Can I replace that with a 1.6 turbo engine ?
    Is it a straight swap or is there more to it ?
    Cheers

  2. TorqueCars says:

    Even simple swaps prove to be quite complex, you’ll need a donor gearbox or your ratios will be out, and the ECU from the donor car or an aftermarket ECU will get everything running for you.

    Don’t forget also that the Turbo will also need an intercooler fitted.

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