Mazda K engine

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Mazda K engine
Mazda Klze.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Mazda
Production 1991–2002
Combustion chamber
Configuration 60° DOHC V6
Chronology
Successor Mazda AJ engine

The Mazda K-series automobile engine is a short stroke, 60° V6 24-valve with belt-driven DOHC and an all-alloy construction. Their displacements range from 1.8 L to 2.5 L. They all use a 27-degree DOHC valvetrain with directly actuated hydraulic (HLA) bucket lifters. The K-series also feature a highly-rigid, aluminum split-crankcase engine block design with 4-bolt mains with additional bolts securing the lower block, an internally balanced forged steel crankshaft with lightweight powder forged carbon steel connecting rods. They were designed with the intent of being as compact as possible for short-hood front-wheel drive applications.

One unique innovation of the K-series was the introduction of Variable Resonance Induction System (VRIS). Based on the Helmholtz resonance principle, the intake manifold is equipped with 3 chambers tuned to a specific resonant frequency. The computer dynamically switches between each resonant chamber to achieve the appropriate resonant frequency for the engine's rpm. This effect optimizes volumetric efficiency over a given rpm range to provide maximum torque over the entire rpm range. VRIS is used on the K8, KF, and KL but nearly all modern V6 engines are now using this technology.

The K-series all have a 7,000 rpm redline with 7500 rpm limiter, which given the engine design is conservative. The KJ-ZEM Miller cycle engine had a 6,000 rpm redline, but was only available with an automatic transmission.

K8[edit]

The 1.8 L (1845 cc) K8 is among the smallest production V6 engines ever; and also the first K-series engine to be used in a Mazda car (in the Mazda MX-3). It was a DOHC 4-valve design with VRIS and a 75 mm (3.0 in) bore and 69.6 mm stroke. It produced 130 hp (97 kW) in US trim (sometimes referred to as "K8-DE"), and 135 hp (101 kW) in Japanese trim (the "K8-ZE") on introduction in 1991 and 144 hp (108 kW) and 115 lb·ft (157 Nm) at its best.

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KF[edit]

  • 2.0 L KF - 1995 cc (78x69.6 mm) - The 2.0 L KF engine was available in various states of tune. The KF-DE produced 140 hp (100 kW) and 132 lb·ft (179 N·m) and later on 144 hp (107 kW) and 132 lb·ft (179 N·m). The JDM version KF-ZE engine produced 160 hp (120 kW) and 132 lb·ft (179 N·m). The Lantis Type R variant produced 170 hp (130 kW) and 140 lb·ft (190 N·m).

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KJ-ZEM[edit]

The 2.3 L (80.30 mm bore 74.20 mm stroke, 2255 cc) KJ-ZEM is one of Mazda's most technologically advanced engines. It employs the "Miller cycle" which uses a supercharger to increase compression efficiency by decreasing the compression losses (i.e., flywheel energy used to compress the intake charge in the cylinder); and thereby increasing the net power output of the V6. It was used in the T-platform cars. The supercharger used is the twin-screw type with electronic boost control. Power output was 217 hp (162 kW) and 210 lb·ft (280 N·m). The KJ-ZEM was on the Ward's 10 Best Engines list for 1995 through 1998.

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KL[edit]

The 2.5 L (2497 cc) KL family uses an 84.5 mm bore and 74.2 mm stroke. It includes the Japan-only KL-ZE, which produced 199 hp (149 kW) and 165 lb·ft (224 Nm). Another variant, the KL-DE (also known as the KL-03 outside the USA, and fitted to 2.5 litre Ford Probes) was the worldwide version, with 164-174 hp in various applications. In 1998 a revised version of the KL known as the KL-G4 was used in the 626. It featured solid lifters, a cast crankshaft to reduce rotating mass and a reworked intake system. The distributor was replaced with a Ford EDIS coil-pack ignition.

Mazda introduced a key technology with these engines, known as the Variable Resonance Induction System (VRIS). A series of two butterfly valves coupled with electronically controlled actuators varied the volume and length of a resonant chamber within the intake manifold. The valves actuate at particular engine frequencies (i.e. rpms) to produce optimal torque/horsepower output at any given engine speed. The valve operates to create three specific first-order resonant frequencies that increase cylinder air charge. All three resonances are used from 0 to 6250 rpm (6800 for the KL-ZE). Above that threshold, the first primary resonant chamber is again used, but at this engine speed the pressure wave from the second-order resonant frequency aids in charging the cylinder.

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