Nissan SR16VE Engine

  1. Specifications
  2. Overview, problems
  3. Performance tuning

Nissan SR16VE engine specs

Manufacturer Yokohama plant
Also called Nissan SR16
Production 1997-2000
Cylinder block alloy Aluminum
Configuration Straight-4
Valvetrain DOHC
4 valves per cylinder
Piston stroke, mm (inch) 68.7 (2.70)
Cylinder bore, mm (inch) 86 (3.39)
Compression ratio 11.0 (SR16VE)
11.7 (SR16VE N1)
Displacement 1596 cc (97.4 cu in)
Power output 129 kW (175 HP) at 7,800 rpm
147 kW (200 HP) at 7,800 rpm (SR16 N1)
Torque output 161 Nm (119 lb·ft) at 7,200 rpm
181 Nm (133 lb·ft) at 7,600 rpm (SR16 N1)
Redline 8,300
8,600 (SR16VE N1)
HP per liter 109.7
Fuel type Gasoline
Weight, kg (lbs)
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (mpg)


Turbocharger  Naturally aspirated
Oil consumption , L/1000 km
(qt. per miles)
up to 0.5
(1 qt. per 1200 miles)
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, L (qt.) 4.2 (4.4)
Oil change interval, km (miles) 5,000-10,000
Normal engine operating temperature, °C (F)
Engine lifespan, km (miles)
-Official information

Tuning, HP
-Max HP
-No life span loss


The engine is installed in Nissan Pulsar VZ-R
Nissan Lucino VZ-R
Nissan Sunny VZ-R

Nissan SR16VE engine reliability, problems and repair

On base of SR20VE, Nissan developed high rev naturally aspirated SR16VE engine. Its cylinder block was the same on SR20VE, but also it had some novelties.
In contrast to SR20VE, SR16VE had short stroke crank with 68.7 mm piston stroke. Also 145mm connecting rods and dome pistons were used, and compression ratio increased to 11. Thanks to this set, displacement was diminished to 1.6L, but accordingly, rod/stroke increased much.
The head remained the same as on SR20VE, with variable valve timing and lift system NEO VVL on intake and exhaust sides. SR16VE camshafts are: intake duration 200-280 deg, lift 7.1-11.1 mm, exhaust duration 244-280 deg, lift 7.95-11.1 mm.
All this let gaining 175 HP at 7,800 RPM, and torque reached 161 NM at 7,200 RPM. SR16VE rev limit is 8,300 RPM.
The most powerful version SR16VE N1 was a limited edition. It mainly differs from SR16VE with intake manifold, throttle body (70 mm), pistons and compression ratio increased to 11.7. Also N1 has the improved head, 1mm milled, the most aggressive cams and valve springs for them. SR16VE N1 camshafts have intake duration 220-288 deg, lift 8.4-12.0 mm, exhaust duration 244-288 deg, lift 7.95-11.9 mm.
All these modifications let this small engine reaching 200 HP at 7,800 RPM, and torque 181 NM at 7,600 RPM.
SR16VE N1 rev limit is 8,600 RPM.
Besides SR16VE, SR series included such engines as SR18DE and SR20DE/DET/VE.
In 2000 SR16VE was discontinued.

Nissan SR16VE engine problems and malfunctions

This engine is the diminished similarity to SR20VE, so they have the same problems. You can know about them HERE

Nissan SR16VE engine tuning

N/A build

There are two main ways of performance tuning:
1. Upgrading SR16VE to SR16VE N1 level.
2. SR16VE to SR20VE conversion.

Upgrading SR16VE to N1 level would be rather complicated and vain task. For this you would have to change the half of the engine, and as the result, only 25 HP would be gained. Installing SR20VE crank will be much more efficient, and also connecting rods and pistons from SR20VE. This stroker kit will enlarge displacement to 2L and your engine will gain about 200 horsepower. Then you need to buy 4-1 header, 2.5” performance exhaust system, lightweight flywheel. After this it remains to adjust ECU and you will have more than 200-210 HP.
If you are a happy owner of a car with SR16VE N1 engine, then you can do all the same. It will increase compression ratio to 12.5, and thanks to the wonderful SR16VE N1 head you will gain power more than 210 HP.
If you keep stock N1 pistons, compression ratio will be 14.5 and you will not be able to fuel on a usual station. For your car to drive normally, you need VP Import race fuel or water methanol injection kit.
To gain still more power, you will need performance cams (duration 310+), ARP rod bolts and head studs, port and polish, ITB, fuel injectors 444 cc/min, Walbro 190 lph fuel pump, Aeromotive fuel regulator, JWT ECU. These upgrades may be used both for SR16VE or SR16VE Stroker 2.0L.