List of Nissan engines

Nissan Motors uses a straightforward method of naming their automobile engines.

Letters identify the engine family. The next digits are the displacement in deciliters. The following letters identify features added and are ordered specific based on the type of feature.

Letter Feature Feature type
D DOHC Camshaft
V Variable Valve Lift Camshaft
S Carburetor Fuel delivery
i Throttle Body Fuel Injection Fuel delivery
E Multi Port Fuel Injection Fuel delivery
D Direct Cylinder Fuel Injection Fuel delivery
N Natural gas fueled Fuel delivery
P LPG fueled Fuel delivery
R Supercharged Power adder
T Turbocharged Power adder
Ti Turbocharged and intercooled Power adder
TT Twin-Turbocharged Power adder
HR High Response and High Revolution Special
K Improvement (from Kaizen) Special

The features/letters follow a specific order and not all features are necessarily listed all of the time. The basic, common features follow this general order:

[Engine family] [two-digit engine displacement in deciliters] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

1 = Camshaft
2 = Fuel delivery
3 = Power adder
4 = 2nd power adder
5 = Special

A good example to start with is the Nissan VG30DETT engine. It belongs to the VG engine family, displaces 30 deciliters (3.0 liters), and the feature letters describe an engine with dual overhead camshafts, electronic port fuel injection and two turbochargers.

The next example is the Nissan VQ35DE engine. It belongs to the VQ engine family and displaces 35 deciliters (3.5 liters). The feature letters describe an engine with dual overhead camshafts and electronic port fuel injection, but leaves off any power adder descriptors because it is a naturally aspirated engine. The (single) turbocharged version of the VQ displaces 30 deciliters (3.0 liters) and is logically called the VQ30DET.

Not all features are necessarily described in the name. For example, the SR20VE engine has dual overhead camshafts, but the variable valve lift design of the camshafts takes precedence in the naming scheme even though the "V" feature designation doesn't necessarily describe a DOHC arrangement. Many standard DOHC Nissan engines featured Variable Valve Timing, such as the VG30DETT, and as such do not use the "V" designation. "V" designation is only if the engine has variable valve lift.

A good example of an engine where not all of the feature designation spots are used is the L28ET engine. The two features listed are electronic port fuel injection designated with the "E" and the presence of a turbocharger designed with the letter "T". The engine has a single overhead camshaft so there is no "D" listed in the name; the camshaft type designation place being left out completely. Nissan does not have a letter designation for the SOHC configuration so the camshaft configuration type is assumed as SOHC if no letter is present.

Lastly, the MR16DDT engine has feature designations that describe an engine with dual overhead camshafts, direct cylinder fuel injection and a single turbocharger.



Nissan's Straight-4 engines include:


Nissan's Straight-5 engines include:


Nissan's Straight-6 engines include:


Nissan's V6 engines include:

  • 1984–2004 Nissan VG engine — 2.0/3.0/3.3 L — VG20E, VG20P, VG20ET, VG20DE, VG20DET, VG30S, VG30i, VG30E, VG30ET, VG30DE, VG30DET, VG30DETT, VG33E, VG33ER
  • 1992–1994 Nissan VE engine — 3.0 L — VE30DE
  • 1995–present Nissan VQ engine — 2.0/2.3/2.5/3.0/3.5/3.7/3.8/4.0 L — VQ20DE, VQ23DE, VQ25DD, VQ25DE, VQ25DET, VQ25HR, VQ25VHR, VQ30DD, VQ30DE, VQ30DE-K, VQ30DET, VQ35DE, VQ35HR, VQ37VHR, VQ38HR, VQ40DE,
  • 2008–present Nissan VR Engine — 3.0/3.8 L — VR30DDTT, VR38DETT
  • 2015 - present Nissan VRX Racing Engine (Non-Production) — 3.0 L
  • 2009-present Nissan V9X engine – Diesel 3.0 L


Nissan's V8 engines include:


Nissan's V12 engines include:

Diesel enginesEdit

Diesel Engines in summary (model, displacement)

Wankel engineEdit

Nissan showed a prototype Wankel rotary engine at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1972, but it never reached production. [1]


  • Nissan NAPS Nissan Anti Pollution System, predecessor to Nissan ECCS
  • Nissan PLASMA ("purazuma") (Powerful & Economic, Lightweight, Accurate, Silent, Mighty, Advanced) is an acronym for the engine series designed to counter Toyota's Lightweight Advanced Super Response Engine (LASRE).
  • Nissan ECC is the Exhaust Gas Recirculator or EGR.
  • Nissan ECCS ("eltukusu") Electronic Concentrated Control System (ECCS), or Electronic Gas Injector (EGI), is an electronic fuel injection system designed to improve fuel economy and to reduce exhaust emission.
  • N-VCT or Nissan Variable Cam Timing is an automobile variable valve timing technology. (NVCS)
  • NEO, or Nissan Ecology Oriented, is an engine technology used to reduce fuel consumption and emission output while improving overall engine performance.
  • CVTCS or Continuous Valve Timing Control System, is a Nissan automobile variable valve timing technology. The engine technology is used by Nissan to reduce fuel consumption and emission output while improving overall engine performance.
  • VVL or Variable Valve and Lift is a Nissan automobile variable valve timing technology.
  • VVEL or Variable Valve Event and Lift is a Nissan automobile variable valve timing technology.