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Nissan Engine Designations
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Engine Catalog

Engine Series Displ.
in
Liters
Valve
train
Fuel Delivery Forced Induction
Example:
(VQ30DET)
VQ 30 D E T
Synopsis:
VQ series engine with 3.0 Liters of displacement, DOHC, Multiport fuel injection, and single turbo

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Engine
Series
Catalog

Absent T TT R
No forced
induction
Single
Turbo
Twin
Turbo
Supercharger
(i.e; VG33ER)
+ R
Oversize
Turbo
when used with T or TT prefix
Absent E i D
Carburetor Multiport
Fuel Injection
Throttle
Body
Fuel Injection
Direct
Injection
Absent D V
SOHC DOHC Variable
Valve
Lift (VVL) plus DOHC

Last update 03/04/00

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Nissan Engine Catalog
Note red text indicates recently added
or modified information.

How to read Nissan Engine Designations

ENGINE SERIES Number
of Cylinders
Valve
train
Known
Displace-
ments
Materials
Head/Block
Ignition System Example
Car
Application(s)
Example
Power
BHP/Torque
(Unless noted)
Notes
VK
(ZH)
V-8 DOHC

4 Valves per cylinder

Variable valve timing

Titanium
valves
4.5L All Aluminum Direct
Ignition
2002+
Infiniti Q45 VK45DE

2002+
Cima (Japan)
VK45DD
VK45DE:
340/333
Early designation as ZH. Changed to VK

-Modular
cylinder head
design
-Variable
intake system
-Microfinished
crankshaft
-Moly coated
pistons
-Lightweight
pistons
-Single stage
cam drive
chain
-Dual mode
variable
capacity
muffler
VH V-8 DOHC

4 Valves per cylinder

Variable valve timing
4.1L
4.5L
All Aluminum Direct
Ignition
Cima (Japan)

1990-1996
Infiniti Q45 VH45DE

1997-2000
Infiniti Q45 VH41DE
VH45DE: 278/292

VH41DE: 266/278
Added in 1997:
Microfinished crankshafts and camshafts and moly coated pistons
VQ V-6 DOHC

4 Valves per cylinder

VQ35DE:
Variable
valve
timing
2.0L
2.5L
3.0L
3.5L
All Aluminum Direct
Ignition
Gloria/Cedric (Japan)
VQ30DET

Cefiro (Japan) VQ25DD

1995-200x
Maxima
VQ30DE

2001+
Pathfinder
VQ35DE

2002+
Maxima
VQ35DE

2002+
Altima

2003+
350Z
VQ35DE
VQ30DET:
280/285

VQ25DD:
210/200

VQ30DD:
240/227

VQ30DE:
222/217

Pathfinder
VQ35DE:
240/265

Maxima
VQ35DE:
255/246

Altima
VQ35DE:
240/246
Microfinished crankshafts and camshafts and moly coated pistons.

New for 5th generation Maxima:
Fifty percent of internal components. redesigned

Examples:
-Reworked
camshaft
-Variable
induction
system
-Composite
plastic
intake
runners
-Variable
capacity
muffler
RB INLINE 6 DOHC

4 Valves per cylinder
2.0L
2.5L
2.6L
3.0L
Aluminum/
Iron
Direct
Ignition
Skyline GT-R RB26DETT

Skyline RB25DE
RB26DETT: 280/292 The world famous Skyline engine.Known for near endless upgradability to easily handle more horsepower.
VG V-6 SOHC
2 Valves per cylinder

DOHC
4 Valves per cylinder

Optional Variable valve timing
3.0L
3.3L
Aluminum/
Iron
Direct
Ignition

OR

Distributor
1990-1996
300ZX
(VG30DE)

1993-1998
Infiniti J30 (VG30DE)

1996 to 2000
Pathfinder
(VG33E)

2000+
Frontier SC
2001(VG33ER)
J30:
210/190

300ZX: 225/210

Frontier SC: 210/240
The work horse of Nissan V-6 engines. Used in just about everything. Still continues duty today in the Frontier, Xterra, and Quest.

This engine has been phased out in Pathfinder and QX4 beginning in 2001.

For 2001, the Frontier gets a SC (Super-
charged) model powered by a factory installed Eaton Supercharger.
VE V-6 DOHC

4 Valves per cylinder

Variable timing control

3.0L Aluminum/
Iron
Direct Ignition 1992-1994
Maxima SE
190/190 Similar block to VG series.

A lame duck engine, at least in the States.

Used only for three years in the Maxima SE.

Variable intake runners and (problematic)
variable timing control.
QR INLINE 4 DOHC

4 Valves per cylinder

C
ontinuously variable valve timing control
2.0 All Aluminum Direct
Ignition
2001
Sentra SE-R
QR25DE

2001
X-Trail
QR20DE


2000+
Bluebird Sylphy
Sentra SE-R Spec V:
180/180

Sentra SE-R (base)
170/175

QR20DE:
150 bhp
Compact balancer system.

Highly rigid construction incorporating an aluminum frame ladder.

Electronically controlled throttle.

Note that the direct injection version has the same horsepower rating as the conventional fuel injection model.
QG INLINE 4 DOHC

4 Valves per cylinder

Variable valve timing
1.8
1.5
1.3
All Aluminum Direct
Ignition
1999+
Sunny
QG18DD

2000+
Sentra
QG18DE
QG18DD:
130/128

QG18DE:
126/129
New lean burn engines. Some featuring direct injection (NeoDi)
SR INLINE 4 DOHC

4 Valves per cylinder

Optional variable valve timing and lift
(Neo VVL)
1.6
1.8
2.0
All Aluminum Distributor

Exception:
DET has Direct Ignition

2001
X-Trail GT
SR20VET

S15 Silvia
SR20DET

Sentra SE-R
SR20DE

200SX SE-R SR20DE

NX2000 SR20DE

Infiniti G20
SR20DE

Pulsar
Hatchback (Japan)
SR16VE

200SX SE-R: 140/132

Infiniti G20
(2000+)
145/136

Pulsar: 170/119
(Neo VVL)

S15 Silvia:
250/202

SR20VE: 187/144
(Neo VVL)

SR20VET:
278 bhp
Neo VVL models offer VTEC like hp.

New for 2000 Sentra SE SR20DE:
-Lengthened intake manifold
-Reprofiled intake camshaft
-Lighter weight roller-type rocker arms
-Lighter weight crankshaft
-New piston rings
-Modified swirl control valve
-Double-tipped platinum spark plugs
-Variable capacity muffler

New SR20VET on X-Trail GT model is world's first
turbocharged engine with variable valve lift and timing (VVL) system.
KA INLINE 4 DOHC
SOHC

4 Valves per cylinder

3 Valves
per Cylinder
(KA24E)
2.4 Aluminum/
Iron
Distributor Xterra
KA24DE

Frontier
KA24DE

Altima
KA24DE

1991-1998
240SX
KA24DE

1989-1990
240SX
KA24E


Hardbody pickup
KA24E
Xterra/
Frontier:
143/154

95-98 240SX:
155/160

2000 Altima:
155/156
Another workhorse of Nissan. Used in trucks, sports cars, and sedans.
GA INLINE 4 DOHC

4 Valves per cylinder

Variable valve timing
1.6 Aluminum/
Iron

Distributor

Sentra GA16DE

GA16DE:
115/108

Last update 01/20/02





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