Best Japanese Engines
The Top Ten
3L, indestructble, endless modification potential, insanly powerful, loves GT55's.
The king. all hail the king. bulletproof. wipe the floor with the GTR. is there any doubt that the 2JZ-GTE is the best engine ever
Motor has mountain of Torque!
Can be driven very lazy and when needed pushed very hard. Supra is my daily car and love driving it everyday.
Best sound and power
For me the RB series is the best engine. Just like the 2JZ, but what I like is the sound and where it came from, a demon.
I think the RB26 is probably one of the best Japanese engines out there. With a little maintenance and care and very few modifications. Very capable of producing insane power numbers. If your into that kinda of thing but I do like the reliability of the power produced on stock internals. Plus parts for the RB are readily available from all over the world.
Loads of aftermarket parts available more seem to come available as more and more people are doing engine swaps. Just wish that the Skyline R32-34's were produce and allowed in the USA without so much hassle.9 Comments
Its an mitsubishi evo 9 engine.
One of the best absolutely. I have a 1G 3S that still looks and outputs like new. Fully synthetic is the way you want to go in terms of oil and eNeos is what you want in your transmission. This is my daily driver and best driven on highways, back roads and mountains. City driving isn't the best for any 3S.
No words to describe
The power generated is unbelievable. Bullet proof engine that is highly tunable.8 Comments
Huge aftermarket support and can be used and have been used in every type of build. Low cost, easy swap, high power, etc. The people that blew theirs didn't do it right.
Incredibly versatile, drift, drag, circuit you name it, cheap as chips.
I have one and its cheap and easy to modify
Easy to maintain, strong and reliable1 Comment
Once owning the title of most powerful N/A engine per litre, VTEC 9500 rpm excitement, the noise
The 2.0L legend. Anyone can make big power with big displacement and turbos. Making power, good gas millage and low emissions? That is a whole other story. Best Japanese engine right here.
The advantages of the boxer include the fact that because the pistons are laying on their side, the height of the engine is lower, helping to lower the car’s center of gravity, as well as the fact that it is inherently balanced thanks to the opposing pistons’ inertia canceling each other out.
The boxer engine combined with unequal length headers results in the charismatic subaru "boxer rumble" that sounds like no other engine. The EJ257 found in the STi makes 300hp and 300tq. The engine layout, headers and power delivery type results in lots of low end torque and plenty of midrange grunt. Stock it is quite detuned, with just a turboback exhaust, an intake and a dyno tune, you can pick up nearly 20-33% power over stock to the crank. The stock internals have been know to tolerate as much as 400awhp with no modification on a conservative dynameter. These little 4 cylinder engines, in modified form have been known to make 8 second 1/4 mile passes.
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Rally bred, boxer type, warble from exhaust.
Gentle giant willing to go anywhere across the rev range, and still go grocery shopping.
Confidence in motion7 Comments
Vtech is life
Can take big power on stock engine
No limits on this one.
Best Dual Camshaft ever6 Comments
I own one, best performed engine out there, love the way, that it accepts every redline I give to it, once it is well maintained, can go wrong with a renesis engine from the rx8 or the turbo'd 13B engine of an rx7, sounds amazing of a car.
Vankel engines are the ones that invented in 20th century. While every other huge car companies gave up, mazda had the vision to make this new thing to be invented into the world, since normal cylinder engines have many things to move but a rotary engine has 3 things to move.
A 1.3 litre that sounds insane goes hard and is different to everything else
Hope they make a comeback, amazing power for a 1.3 liter engine, plus it sounds incredible4 Comments
Epic in Lift! At 6200rpm the beast is unleashed! Toyota should definitely consider bringing back this bad boy!
Absolutely love mine �"�
Strong motor, would like lift to come in little earlier though
They put it in a Lotus. Enough said.9 Comments
The first edition of the legendary JZ line of engines, this thing powered so many cars, and it sounds amazing and makes a ton of power!
It may not be the highest power or revenge on this list. But it has the three factors of any great engine. Easy to work on, plentiful parts, and reliability under stress. It deserves to be higher.
This should have been on top of the list. It's the best Japan could ever make.. just think how many cars were equipped with 1jz.. list is endless.. still very popular in 2016!
Its just awesome...1 Comment
Love this engine
Can be use BY any car..awesome engine
Love the sound and reving it!
The king of JDM inline 4. The best street racing engine2 Comments
Insane engine, sounds unreal with a good exhaust!
No engine ever will satisfy you like this one.
King of all motor
Fast, cheap, high rev engine2 Comments
Think it deserves to be in the top 5
A powerful and reliable engine that many people consider to be better than the 2JZ-GTE, due to its ability to produce up to 550bhp in a lightweight 4 cylinder engine.
Def an over looked engine that is able to produce pretty good hp #s and do so reliably.
Little modification completely transform this, both in the mr2 turbo and gt4. And the induction noise!
This thing spat many many miles out the back of my Skyline GTS25T, and the only thing to break was a lambda sensor. Sounded great, pulled well, lived strong.
Streaking at the high rev
Very strong engine. Massive tuning potential. Sounds insane! "The big block of honda"
You can run it forever and will never let up
Smooth and powerful with ATTS
*Mountains of torque and power
This was housed in the Lexus LFA supercar, which was described by Jeremy Clarkson as "The best car I have ever driven." Enough said. My hat goes off to you Clarkson.
Exotic build materials, size of V8 and weight of V6, 9500rpm brilliance.
Are you kidding me this has to be one of the best engines
1LR-GUE Is The Best..
New technological powerhouse, porsche rivalling stuff.
The VR38 should have been on top because of the sheer power this engine can push just stock alone!
I don't get why this is Motor is so LOW in the list stock for stock it's the strongest and more versatile engine.
Comes with 545 hp-463 lb/f (600hp nismo) unmatchable transmission and awd system (gr6). Endless aftermarket support. 2000hp mantaining streetability is no big deal on this engine. Best powertrain platform ever. Period.
Not sure how this isn't higher on the list. Very good engine, designed for race applications.
Longevity, super smooth and ease of tune up make this engine rule
Underrated V8 engine produced by Toyota
93 lexus sc400 (tireslayer)
The Evolution of controlled power with the Ancestry of competition.
Starting to show it has more potential than a lot of us first thought.
Has great potential even though not a truly Japanese engine. Mods have come up there with the rest of the jdm engines.
Evo 10 engine, successor to 4g6, known for making big power.1 Comment
Strong engine with timing chain not rubber belt. Hemi Head with crossflow like the dual overhead cams but less complicated.
Bullet proof. keep it simple stupid. oldschool. a legend for those in the know.
Improved version of an already fantastic engine, the noise, oh the noise.
Valvetrain upgrade and eBay turbo...best 1500 spent... reliable 280/317hp to the weels!
This is Mitsubishi's 2.0L engine for Lancer 2006. Average performance and the only big thing for any engine to last is regular oil change at Max 5k or 4k kilometers. Never had any engine issues And til now (323k kilometers) it's revs up smoothly and sounds great like as it was when I bought it brand new. A daily highway commute car. Am not a tech person. Just want to be posted here. May 2019. Thanks.
P.S. Timing belts replaced 2nd time a year ago.
Very responsive engine
The only triple rotor was ever produced from 90 to 96 and discontinued on Cosmo production line.
It's a one time thing
I think the RB25 is probably one of the best Japanese engines out there. With a little maintenance and care and very few modifications. Very capable of producing insane power numbers. If your into that kinda of thing but I do like the reliability of the power produced on stock internals. Plus parts for the RB are readily available from all over the world.
Naturally Aspirated Engine with Lots of Bolt On Upgrade from Internal/external Performance.
Excellent engine with loads of power output and aggresive torque response when fitted with a manual box on a 200sti or any other lighter vehicle.
Best NA engine with neo vvl. Stock 187hp competitor with honda
For back then a brilliant engine. Great noise and even 24 valves!
One of the best v6 Japanese
Both great, specially with a 3.70 or 4.44 delivering pizza or playing sleeper at the line, shows and proves; mine is set at 262bhp. Subie SVX.
"Reliable, fuel efficient and powerful"
Unbreakable engine. Reliable, low fuel consumption
Came from the 3M engine of the 2000GT, the 2nd and 3rd generation Supras use this engine, until the JZ arrives.
4.7 litre 32 valve
8 cylinder Toyota engine.
Successor to the 4.0 1uz
I have 247,000 miles on mine still running like new.
Just can't die... Runs very smooth.
LS3 is a very powerful engine, especially for a naturally aspirated engine at the time of its introduction. From the initial offering in the Corvette, this engine could be purchased in a package capable of outputting 430 horsepower at 5900 RPM and 424 lb-ft at 4600 RPM.
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