Nissan Z engine

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Nissan Z engine
Configuration I4
Displacement 1.6 L
1.8 L
2.0 L
2.2 L
2.4 L
Cylinder block alloy Cast iron
Cylinder head alloy Aluminum
Valvetrain SOHC
Fuel system Carburetor or fuel-injection
Predecessor Nissan L engine (4-cylinder)
Successor Nissan CA engine
Nissan KA engine
Nissan NA engine

The Nissan Z engine is a series of automobile and light truck engines that was engineered by Nissan Machinery, manufactured by the Nissan Motor Company from 1979 through August 1989. All Z engines had 4 cylinders, a total of 8 valves and a single overhead camshaft (SOHC). Displacements ranged from 1.6 L to 2.4 L.The Z series' engine blocks were nearly identical to those of the earlier L Series with the exception of the Z24. While the Z16 and Z18 engines had a deck height similar to the earlier L13/L14/L16/L18 variants, the Z24 had a taller deck height to accommodate a longer stroke. The most notable difference between the Z-series engine and its predecessor was the introduction of a new crossflow cylinder head which reduced emissions by moving the intake ports to the right side of the engine opposite the exhaust ports. This change allows the exhaust port velocity to more effectively scavenge the cylinder and reduce reversion pulses to enhance induction. The Z series evolved into the NA and KA engines which, along with the smaller CA series, replaced the Z series .[1]


The Z16 made its first appearance in 1978 in a new base-model version of the Nissan Navara (D21), which had debuted the previous year with the then-new Z18. Offered only in selected overseas markets, this version of the engine came with a single downdraft carburetor. Later it was also seen in a few low-end model Datsun Bluebird 910s for the Japanese domestic market and some Nissan commercial vehicles in a single-plug configuration.

Reference specifications:

  • Displacement : 1,595cc
  • Bore × stroke : 83.0 × 73.7mm
  • Compression ratio : 8.8: 1
  • Maximum output (gross) : 95ps @ 6,000rpm
  • Maximum torque (gross) : 13.5 kg · m @ 3,600rpm
  • Above those of the twin plug specification

Car models:

  • PL720 Datsun Truck (single plug specification)
  • D21 type Nissan Navara (Japan name: Datsun truck / single plug specification)
  • J810 type Nissan Bluebird
  • J910 type Nissan Bluebird
  • FB22 type Nissan Atlas (single plug specification)
  • BC211 type Nissan Skyline
  • PA10/PA11 type Nissan Violet / Nissan Auster / Nissan Stanza

The Z16E is an EFI version of Z16S adopted the Nissan EGI. Released at the same time as the Z16S, it is mainly used in intermediate grade. It has almost the same internal structure as Z16S, but some of the improvement in output have been made.

Reference specifications:

  • Maximum output (gross): 105ps @ 6,000rpm
  • Maximum torque (gross): 13.8 kg · m @ 4,000rpm
  • Other numbers are equivalent to Z16S.

Car models:

  • PA11 type Nissan Violet / Auster / Stanza


The Z18 debuted in 1977, the first model of the Z-type engine to be released. Displacing 1.8 L (1,770 cc) with a bore of 85.0 mm and stroke of 78.0 mm, it is essentially an older L18 type series four-cylinder with the new cross-flow cylinder head. A 1980 twin-carburetor version produced 105 PS (77 kW) @ 6,000 rpm ( SAE ). Export specification is 77 PS (56.6 kW) those of Datsun · 180K (C210 type Skyline) @ 5,600 rpm ( DIN / net [Note 2] ), is 86 PS (63.3 kW) those of 910-series Bluebird, twin carburetor specifications 910 Bluebird SSS and Sylvia for export was 90-92PS (66.2-67.7 kW). [4] Z18 also commercial vehicles for the engine has been lineup, per cylinder spark plug one single plug specifications of the cylinder head of has been adopted.

Reference specifications:

  • Displacement: 1,770cc
  • Compression ratio: 8.8: 1
  • Maximum output (gross): 105ps @ 6,000rpm
  • Maximum torque (gross): 15.0 kg · m @ 3,600rpm
  • Above those of the twin plug specification engine

Car models:

  • 811-Series Nissan Bluebird
  • P910 type Nissan Bluebird / Datsun · 180B
  • PC231 type Nissan Laurel / Datsun-180L 1978.11-1980.11
  • C31 type Nissan Laurel 1980.11-1982.09
  • JF30-Series Nissan Leopard 1800
  • S110-Series Nissan Silvia / Nissan Gazelle
  • PC211 type Nissan Skyline 1800 / Datsun · 180K
  • PJR30 type Nissan Skyline 1800
  • RA11 type Nissan Violet / Auster / stanza / Datsun · 180J
  • Y720 type Datsun Truck (1982-1985 single plug specification)
  • D21 type Datsun Truck (single plug specification)


The Z18E is a 1.8 L (1,770 cc) fuel-injected engine produced primarily for the Japanese market. Most specs were the same as those of the Z18, but maximum power increased to 115 PS (85 kW) (SAE) @ 6,200 rpm in 1980 (Bluebird, Skyline).[2]



The Z18ET is a 1.8 L (1,770 cc) turbocharged and fuel-injected engine first introduced in the 1979 S110 Silvia/Gazelle. It was produced primarily for the Japanese market and produced 135 hp (101 kW).



The Z20S (S denotes carbureted) is a 2.0 L (1,952 cc) engine with a bore of 85.0 mm and stroke of 86.0 mm that produced from 1979 through 1984. It replaced the L20B while using many of the same bottom-end components.


In the US, the Z20S was only available in the 1980-81 510/A10 and 1984 720 pickup with the MPG option.

Nissan Caravans or Homys with this engine could reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h. They were noted for being faster than their competition from Toyota primarily because the Z20S engine produced more power than the engines available in the equivalent Hiace.


The Z20E is a fuel-injected version of the Z20S engine produced from 1979 through July 1984. It had longer connecting rods and shorter compression-height pistons than the 1980-81 Z20S. It produces 100 ps (74 kW). The Z20E was not available in the 720 pickup, which only used carbureted versions. The Z20 engine was not available at all in US-spec. 720 pickups nor California-spec. D21 pickups.



The Z22S (carb only) was 2.2 L (2,188 cc) produced from 1980 through early 1983. Bore and stroke are 87.0 and 92.0 mm respectively. It produces 86 hp (64 kW) SAE as fitted to the US-market Datsun 720.



The Z22E is a fuel-injected version of the Z22 engine produced from 1981 through 1983, mainly for North America. This engine has longer connecting rods and shorter compression-height pistons than the carbureted Z22S engine.



The Z24 was 2.4 L (2,389 cc) produced from 1983 through August 1989. A throttle-body fuel-injected version (Z24i) was also produced, beginning in April 1985.


various Forklift applications Z24 versions in gas and LPG

Note: All USDM gasoline Z20, Z22 and Z24 engines were known as NAPS-Z (NAPZ or NAPS-Z Nissan Anti-Pollution System), NAPZ motors had dual spark-plugs (2 per cylinder) except the pre-82 versions and latest versions of the Z24i as fitted to the Pathfinder. All NAPZ engines sold in California reportedly had dual plug heads regardless of the year.

The fuel-injected version referenced above was denoted as the Z24i (Throttle Body Fuel Injection) and was first available in the Nissan Model 720 ST pickup during the 1985 model year and was replaced in 1990 by the KA24E engine and they share the same bellhousing pattern. Beside the fuel-injection, a significant change for the Z24i was the addition of an optical crank angle sensor in the distributor rather than a vacuum advance and ignition module. This allowed the JECS throttle-body injection system to identify cylinder #1 top dead center (TDC).

Engine Displacement: 2,389 cc Bore x Stroke: 89.0 × 96.0 mm Compression Ratio: 8.3:1

Power Ratings:

  • Z24

Years - 1984-1986 Power - 103 hp (77 kW) @ 4,800 rpm Torque - 134 ft⋅lbf (182 N⋅m) @ 2,800 rpm

  • Z24i

Years - 1986-1989 Power - 106 hp (79 kW) @ 4,800 rpm Torque - 137 ft⋅lbf (186 N⋅m) @ 2,400 rpm [9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Yamaguchi, Jack K. (1982), Lösch, Annamaria, ed., "Japan: Shogun Strikes Back", World Cars 1982, Pelham, NY: The Automobile Club of Italy/Herald Books: 64, ISBN 0-910714-14-2
  2. ^ Braunschweig, Robert; Büschi, Hans-Ulrich, eds. (March 6, 1980). "Automobil Revue '80". 75. Berne, Switzerland: Hallwag, AG: 258–262.
  3. ^ Nissan Commercial Vehicle Range 1984 (brochure), Worthing, UK: Nissan UK Limited, July 1984, pp. 7–8, S24.25m.F923.7.84
  4. ^ Car Graphic: Car Archives Vol. 11, '80s Japanese Cars (in Japanese). Tokyo: Nigensha. 2007. p. 141. ISBN 978-4-544-91018-6.
  5. ^ Nissan Gamma '85 [Nissan '85 range] (brochure) (in Flemish), Aartselaar, Belgium: N.V. Nissan Belgium S.A., 1985, p. 4
  6. ^ Car Graphic Archives Vol. 11 ('80s), p. 141
  7. ^ Automobil Revue '83, p. 407
  8. ^ Büschi, Hans-Ulrich, ed. (March 10, 1983). "Automobil Revue '83". 78. Berne, Switzerland: Hallwag, AG: 404–405. ISBN 3-444-06065-3.
  9. ^ 1986 nissan 720 Brochure

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