Most of the world sees the Japanese engines as very reliable sources of power. It wouldn’t even be an overstatement if we are to say that they are one of the most favourite engines in the world. They are lightweight, small and are capable of producing a great amount of power. That’s what engines are about, aren’t they? In our opinion these best 10 Japanese engines of all time. Feel free to tell us whether you agree or not.
Here’s a list of the best 10 Japanese engines in our opinion. Tell us if you agree with this list or not.
10. Honda B series
These are the engines that pushed Honda ahead of the other automakers is Japan. There were several engine codes build but, the B16 and the B18 still remain the most popular ones. This B series produced from 137 horsepower to 200 horsepower.
9. Subary EJ20
This was a 2.0-liter boxer motor that had a single or twin cam setup. It was also available as turbocharged or naturally aspirated. The best one was the Ej20T and this motor was found in WRX STi, WRX, and Legacy. It is still known as the motor you can throw anything at.
A 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 motor that features 24 valves is bound to be a part of a list like this one. It weighs only 600 pounds and is currently found in the Nissan GT-R and the limited-edition Juke R. 480, 550 and 600 HP are its power levels.
7. Mazda 13B-REW
The company used this engine in the RX7 that was available both in Japan and the US. This is a tiny, 1.3-liter, rotary engine that could produce from 225 to 280 HP. Of course, it was turbocharged as well.
6. Nissan SR20DET
This engine is a part of the Nissan SR family and could be found in the Nissan Silvia, Bluebird, Pulsar GTi-R and others. It features a 2.0-liter displacement, electronic fuel injection and a turbocharger. It is capable of producing from 201 to 250 HP, depending on the model of the car it was going into.
5. Honda K-Series
The K series are also well-known around the globe. They brought, even more, power and a larger displacement. In addition, they had way better fuel economy that their predecessors. The K-series power ranged from 140 to 300 horsepower.
4. Mitsubishi 4G63
This one was the workhorse of many Mitsubishi vehicles. It was first offered in the Galant VR-4 in Japan and it could produce anywhere from 200 to 300 HP.
3. Nissan RB26DETT
The Nissan RB26DETT was the heart of the Nissans GT-Rs that were produced from 1989 to 2002. The 2.6-liter inline six that was turbocharged was too beautiful and efficient to be overlooked. Additionally, this is the engine that served as an inspiration to other automakers to step up their game.
2. Toyota 4A-GE
The Toyota 4A-GE featured a twin cam setup and 16 valves. It produced only 128 HP but considering that it was used for the lightweight Toyotas it is the perfect engine. They stopped with production in 1991 but, it was found in te first generation MR2, the vehicle that started the drifting world.
1. Toyota 2JZ-GTE
Finally, the 3.0 inline six-cylinder twin turbocharged kind of the Japanese engine. It produces 276 HP, while the US variant was capable of reaching 321 HP. More importantly, it is still used today in many variants.