During the restoration of the body, i have been thinking about the engine I want to replace.
Can you believe this little engine here, only has approximately 66,000 miles on it? And when you start it up, you got no minute to lose, cuz it starts up just like a brand new car. The car does 40-50 miles to the gallon, and in CA, that is a GOOD thing right?
Did some photoshop of my 310 lowered and on some sick Euro wheels:
The engine was previously swapped, with a 1980 datsun coupe, the only minor issue is that during the tranny mounting, the gears were not compliant with the new engine. So as a result the gears go in in reverse order. 1st is bottom right, and 5th in the upper left. Crazy huh? I learned to drive a stick with this car, so now you can imagine. ANyhow, this car runs and all. So i figured... that while the engine was still running, I won't do anythign to the engine, yet at the same time, think about the following ideas for an engine:
Information pertaining to several FWD engines.
What does Neo VVL stand for?
Nissan Ecology Orientated Variable Valve Lift and Timing
The VE (Neo VVL) series of engines is Nissan's answer to Honda's VTEC. The two systems are nearly identical. They use the same concept of multiple cam lobes to provide a low rpm cam ideal for torque and a high rpm cam optimized for hp. The only difference in the Nissan system is that the intake and exhaust cams are triggered indepedently for a flatter, more consistent power band. You can read more about the VTEC system here.
How many different VE motors are there?
There are five (5) VE motors.
SR16VE - 173hp 5 speed Manual 97-2001
SR16VE N1 - 197hp 5 speed Manual 97-98
SR20VE - 187hp CVT 6 speed Auto 97-2001
SR20VE - 204hp 6 speed Manual 2001-Present
SR20VET - 276hp AWD Turbo 2002-Present
How much power does the VE have?
SR16VE - 173hp @ 7800rpm / 119lb torque @ 7200rpm
SR16VE N1 - 197hp @ 7800rpm / 134lb torque @ 7600rpm
SR20VE - 187hp @ 7000rpm / 145lb torque @ 6000rpm
SR20VET - 276hp @ 6400rpm / 228lb torque @ 3200rpm
How much do they cost?
SR16VE - $1000-$1600
SR16VE N1 - $3000 good luck finding one*
SR20VE - $1000-$2500
SR20VET - unknown
*Only 500 of these engines are thought to have been produced.
**These are average prices based on availability and engine condition. Actual prices may vary.
What are the origins of these motors?
SR16VE - 1.6L VVL motor found in the Nissan Sunny Lucino VZ-R, Sunny GT and Pulsar VZ-R.
SR16VE N1 - 1.6L VVL motor found in the Nissan Pulsar VZ-R N1 and Pulsar VZ-R N1 SSS.
SR20VE - 2.0L VVL motor found in the Nissan Primera (Infiniti G20 bodystyle), Bluebird, Wingroad, and Autobacs Garaiya.
SR20VET - 2.0L turbocharged VVL motor found in the Nissan X-Trail SUV, and Trailrunner Concept Car