It seems that GReddy USA is getting more independent in its approach to the U.S. market, and savvy import enthusiasts look to be the big winners. One of the last truly JDM performance parts manufacturer in America, GReddy unleashed four far-reaching products at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The first is the announcement of a development partnership with KW Suspension. “We have been lacking in our suspension components lineup,” says GReddy president Kenji Sumino, “and since KW has been our partner in our Formula Drift program we’ve built up quite a synergy, so it was a natural progression to work with them on the product side. KW has been really strong with its European line, but they don’t have too many Japanese applications and they haven’t been pushing it. We are starting with the FR-S, 350Z, 370Z, Lexus IS 250 and 350, Lexus GS F, Lexus RC F, and we are conducting more testing and development to expand to Subarus and Mitsubishis, and build our application portfolio. We are basing some of the designs on KW parts; our input is in the spring rates to work the rates and get the ride and handling characteristics we want for U.S. spec Japanese cars.”
Sumino showed us a new product from the main pipeline, GReddy’s parent company Trust Japan. “One of our newest products from Japan is the ProFec Map, which is an expansion module for our ProFec boost controller. This device allows us to link the boost controller to a laptop and write a map to fine tune boost control performance by speed or by gear to customize the boost curve more precisely than the standard knob or push button. It can control the response of the turbo, speed the spool, or assign different boost in different gears.”
Back on the news front, Sumino also shared that GReddy is teaming with Garrett as a turbo supplier for GReddy’s turbo kits. The first turbo system is for the FR-S/BRZ featuring a GTX2871. Sumino related that it will generate a little more boost that the current GReddy Toyobaru kit. “It’s a straightforward bolt-on that will produce about 320 horsepower at base boost, and up to 450 to 500 horses on a built motor, all depending on the tune of course.”
The last nugget was GReddy’s intention to bring back some classic gear for older J-spec cars, some of which are popular engine swap fodder here in the U.S. “We have a long line of Japanese JDM-spec hard parts for the RB26, Supra 2JZ, and Nissan SR20,” says Sumino. “Some of these products were discontinued in Japan because of a lack of sales volume. We’ve seen a lot of these engines gaining in popularity and guys bringing in R32s is quite popular. We still have the tooling so we are stepping it up and getting a lot of inquiries, so we are trying to work some of these classic components back into our catalog on the U.S. side.”
It looks as though GReddy is cranking up the boost in its product offerings, and we hear there is more to come in 2016.