Nissan QR engine

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The QR family of straight-4 piston engines by Nissan were introduced in 2000 and range from 2.0 L to 2.5 L in displacement. These motors are aluminum, dual overhead camshaft (DOHC), four-valve designs with variable valve timing and optional direct injection.



The 2.0 L (1998 cc) QR20DE produces 147 hp (110 kW) and 148 lb·ft (200 N·m) The bore is 89 mm with a stroke of 80.3 mm and a compression ratio of 9.9:1.[1] The QR20DE was replaced with the MR20DE.

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The QR20DD is similar to the QR20DE but features NEO direct injection to improve fuel economy and to reduce emissions.[2] It produces 150 hp (110 kW).

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The QR25DE is a 2.5 L (2488 cc) variant built with cast steel connecting rods, a steel timing chain, counter-rotating balance shafts, and an aluminum intake manifold. The engine bore is 89 mm with a stroke of 100 mm and a compression ratio ranging from 9.5:1 to 10.5:1 depending on the vehicle.[1]

Output is rated 175 hp (130 kW) at 6000 rpm with 180 lb·ft (244 N·m) of torque at 4000 rpm in the Altima 2.5 and Sentra SE-R models. Altimas that are PZEV compliant create 170 hp (130 kW) and 175 lb·ft (237 N·m) of torque.[3] In the 2005+ Nissan Frontier the QR25DE generates 152 hp (113 kW) and 171 lb·ft (232 N·m) of torque.[4]

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2007+ QR25DE[edit]

The revised QR25DE found in the 2007+ Sentra, Altima, Rogue, etc. has a number of improvements over the older QR25DE. These include:

  • A simpler, larger diameter single path resin intake manifold replaced the old dual path design. (Note: California emissions models do have a swirl control valve located in the intake)
  • Revised piston crown shape to support a higher compression ratio of 9.6:1.(10.5:1 in Sentra SE-R Spec V.)
  • The balancer system has been moved back slightly from the crank pulley to a more central location in the block.
  • Revised cam shaft profile.
  • Reinforced connecting rods.
  • Reduced friction likely through Nissan's extensive use of coatings on pistons, journal bearings, etc.
  • Additional engine mount on the top of the motor, pulley side.
  • Higher rev limit and improved power output.


The QR25DD is similar to the QR25DE but increases the compression ratio to 10.5:1 and includes direct injection. It produces 170 hp (125 kW) and 181 lb·ft (245 N·m).[5]

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The QR25DER is similar to the QR25DE but has a supercharger for increased power and is coupled with a 15 kW electric motor, Dual Clutch System, and lithium-ion battery for increased fuel efficiency. The engine has a compression ratio of 9.1:1 and produces a combined 250 hp (190 kW) at 5600 rpm and 243 lb·ft (329 N·m) at 3600 rpm. [2]

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