Toyota UZ engine

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Toyota UZ Engine
3UZ-FE engine
ManufacturerToyota Motor Corporation
Configuration90° V8
ValvetrainDOHC 4 valves x cyl. w/VVT-i
Fuel systemMulti-point fuel injection
Fuel typeGasoline
Cooling systemWater cooled
Power output191–373 kW (256–500 hp; 260–507 PS)
Torque output353–441 N⋅m (260–325 lb⋅ft)
PredecessorToyota V engine
SuccessorToyota UR engine

The Toyota UZ engine family is a gasoline[1] fueled 32-valve quad-camshaft V8 piston engine series used in Toyota's luxury offerings and sport utility vehicles.[2] Three variants have been produced: the 1UZ-FE, 2UZ-FE, and 3UZ-FE. Production spanned 24 years, from 1989 to mid 2013, ending with the final production of the 3UZ-FE-powered Toyota Crown Majesta I-FOUR.[3] Toyota's UZ engine family was replaced by the UR engine family.


The 4.0 L (3,969 cc; 242.2 cu in) all-alloy 1UZ-FE debuted in 1989 in the first generation Lexus LS 400/Toyota Celsior and the engine was progressively released across a number of other models in the Toyota/Lexus range. The engine is oversquare by design, with a bore and stroke size of 87.5 mm × 82.5 mm (3.44 in × 3.25 in).[2] It has proven to be a strong, reliable and smooth powerplant with features such as 6-bolt main bearings and belt-driven quad-camshafts. The water pump is also driven by the timing/cam belt. The connecting rods and crankshaft are constructed of steel. The pistons are hypereutectic.

1UZ-FE (rear view)

The FV2400-2TC derivative is one of the few road-going engines that is FAA approved for use in an airplane.

Its resemblance to a race engine platform (6 bolt cross mains and over square configuration) was confirmed in 2007 by David Currier (in an interview with, vice president of TRD USA, stating that the 1UZ platform was based on CART/IRL engine design. It was planned to be used on GT500 vehicles, however its subsequent use in the Daytona Prototype use had not been planned.[citation needed]

In its original, Japanese domestic market trim with 10.0:1 compression, power output is 191 kW JIS (256 hp; 260 PS), torque of 353 N⋅m (260 lb⋅ft).[2] The European-market version produces a claimed 245 PS DIN (180 kW; 242 hp).

The engine was slightly revised in 1995 with lighter connecting rods and pistons and an increased compression ratio to 10.4:1 resulting in peak power of 195 kW (261 hp; 265 PS) at 5,400 rpm and torque of 365 N⋅m (269 lb⋅ft) at 4,400 rpm.

In 1997, Toyota's VVT-i variable valve timing technology was introduced along with a further compression ratio increase to 10.5:1,[2] bumping power and torque to 216 kW (290 hp; 294 PS) at 5,900 rpm and 407 N⋅m (300 lb⋅ft) at 4,100 rpm. For the GS 400, output was rated at 224 kW (300 hp; 305 PS) at 6,000 rpm and 420 N⋅m (310 lbf⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm.

The 1UZ-FE was voted to the Ward's 10 Best Engines list for 1998 through 2000.[4][5]

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The 2UZ-FE was a 4.7 L; 284.6 cu in (4,663 cc) version built in Tahara, Aichi, Japan and at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Unlike its other UZ counterparts, this version uses a cast iron block to increase durability, as it was designed for low-revving, high-torque pickup and SUV applications. Its bore and stroke is 94 mm × 84 mm (3.70 in × 3.31 in).[2] Output varies by implementation, but one VVT-i variant produces 202 kW (271 hp; 275 PS) at 4800 rpm with 427 N⋅m (315 lb⋅ft) of torque at 3400 rpm. JDM versions produce 173 kW (232 hp; 235 PS) at 4800 rpm and 422 N⋅m (311 lb⋅ft) at 3600 rpm, while Australian models produce 170 kW (228 hp; 231 PS) at 4800 rpm and 410 N⋅m (302 lbf⋅ft) at 3600 rpm.[2]

Like the 1UZ-FE, it has aluminum DOHC cylinder heads, multi-port fuel injection, 4 valves per cylinder with bucket tappets, one-piece cast camshafts, and a cast aluminum intake manifold. For 2010, it was replaced by the 1UR-FE or 3UR-FE, depending on the country.

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Toyota Racing Development offered a bolt-on supercharger kit for the 2000–2003 Tundra/Sequoia and the 1998–2003 LX 470.

Another 2UZ-FE variation adds VVT-i, electronic throttle control, and a plastic intake manifold.

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The 3UZ-FE is a 4.3 L; 261.9 cu in (4,292 cc) version built in Japan. Bore and stroke is 91 mm × 82.5 mm (3.58 in × 3.25 in) .[2] Output is 216 to 224 kW (290 to 300 hp; 294 to 305 PS) at 5600 rpm with 441 N⋅m (325 lb⋅ft) of torque at 3400 rpm. The engine block and heads are aluminum. It has a DOHC valvetrain with 4 valves per cylinder and VVT-i. It uses SEFI fuel injection. In 2003, the engine was paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, resulting in improved fuel economy over the previous five-speed automatic.[2]

A 4.5L version replaced the 3S-GTE as the engine used in Toyota's 500 hp (373 kW) Super GT race cars up to 2009[citation needed] and a 5.0L version was used in the Grand American Road Racing (Grand Am) Series.[8]

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In 1997, the US Federal Aviation Administration granted production certification for the FV2400-2TC, a twin-turbocharged airplane powerplant based on the 1UZ-FE.[9] The 360 hp (268 kW; 365 PS) FV2400 was developed in partnership with Hamilton Standard, which provided the digital engine-control system.[9] The goal was to produce a four-seat propeller aircraft.[10]


In 1998, a marine derivative of the UZ powerplant was produced for boating applications. The 4.0 L VT300i engine, producing 224 kW; 304 PS (300 hp) at 6000 rpm and 420 N⋅m (310 lb⋅ft) at 4200 rpm, used the same block as the UZ engine on the Lexus SC 400, GS 400, and LS 400.

Applications (calendar years):

  • 1998 Toyota Epic S21[11]
  • 1999–2001 Toyota Epic S22/SX22[12]
  • 1999–2001 Toyota Epic X22[13][14]


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