SR20VE FAQ: Read This First!
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.
hp 5 speed Manual 97-2001
hp 5 speed Manual 97-98
hp CVT 6 speed Auto 97-2001
hp 6 speed Manual 2001-Present
hp AWD Turbo 2002-Present
How much power does the VE have?
hp @ 7800rpm / 119
lb torque @ 7200rpm
hp @ 7800rpm / 134
lb torque @ 7600rpm
hp @ 7000rpm / 145
lb torque @ 6000rpm
hp @ 6400rpm / 228
lb torque @ 3200rpm
How much do they cost?
- $3000+ good luck finding one*
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?
- 1.6L VVL motor found in the Nissan Sunny Lucino VZ-R, Sunny GT and Pulsar VZ-R.
- 1.6L VVL motor found in the Nissan Pulsar VZ-R N1 and Pulsar VZ-R N1 SSS.
- 2.0L VVL motor found in the Nissan Primera (Infiniti G20 bodystyle), Bluebird, Wingroad, and Autobacs Garaiya.
- 2.0L turbocharged VVL motor found in the Nissan X-Trail SUV, and Trailrunner Concept Car.
** Thank-you to Christopher Skaggs, aka "AztekSE-R
", for providing this engine information. More info can be found here
Where can I buy one?
in Miami, FL (305) 282-3643
in VA (540) 379-1848
at MotoGumi Partners (626) 437-2058
in CA (925) 895-9793 & FL (954) 987-7355
(800) 338-7656 or (800) 598-3535
I need some parts for my VE, do you have parts codes?
SR16VE intake cam
SR16VE exhaust cam
SR20VE head gasket
SR20VE front cover and oil pump
SR20VE exhaust manifold gasket
SR20VE fuel injectors
SR20VE water pump
SR20VE distributor rotor
SR20VE distributor cap
SR20VE NGK BKR6E-N spark plugs
SR20VE MAF (mass air flow sensor)
SR20VET intake cam yes the turbo cams!
SR20VET exhaust cam
SR20VE oil pan. This is the same as the 2000-2001 SR20DE
*These are JDM Nissan part numbers and will not come up in your local dealerships computers. Some dealers have connections to get them, such as Courtesy Nissan
in Texas. Call them for prices.
is a link for many additional VE part numbers.
Where can I get headers and other JDM stuff for my new VE?
JDM Spec Performance
Good site for aftermarket JDM.
What modifications can I perform to make my VE faster?
You can use the standard SR20DE exhaust such as Greddy, HKS, etc. and CAI (cold air induction) like the AEM, Hotshot or Place Racing. The SR20VE is a low port motor. You will need an intake for a low port (94) B13, or any B14 SR20 car. The B15 SR20 intake does not have both intake hoses the earlier and VE motors do.
A standard DE header will choke the VE as there is about 1/8"-1/4" overlap on the exhaust ports on the VE. Hotshot is currently developing a VE specific header to resolve this issue. Fujitsubo
in Japan also make headers specifically for the VE.
Other options include installing SR16VE cams in the SR20VE for a increase of 5whp peak and 12whp at 7800rpm. If you are an SR16VE owner you can install a 2001 Nissan SE 4 counterweight crank with new rods and pistons to increase displacement to 2.0L. Specifics on the rods and pistons are currently being tested and we will provide more information as it is available.
Where can I find more information about VE engines?
Steve Foltz's VE install resource.
Carl "Bubba" Zinetti's turbocharged SR20VE NX2000.
Chuck Nibbana's SR20VE powered 200SX.
SR20VE Installation by Justin McClanahan.
The SR20VE powered Nissan Primera.
The SR20VET powered Nissan X-Trail.
The Nissan Pulsar with the esteemed N1 engine.
Pulsar VZ-R II
More info on the Pulsar N1.
Jim Schumacher's 94 B13 VE photo album.
SR20VE powered 240SX
Highly modified SR20VE.
Nissan site about VE engines.
Another N1 site with some Tech Data
What kind of 1/4 mile time can I expect with an SR20VE?
Average 1/4 mile times for a full interior SR20VE powered SE-R are 13.8 - 14.2. Forum member "bigtom
" currently has the fastest known SR20VE running a 12.8!!
Anything I have left out you would like to see added to the FAQ??
Please PM the SR20VE moderators Eric Waterman, "eric96ser
" or Steve Foltz, "98sr20ve