Engine Nissan VH41DE

The 4.1-liter Nissan VH41DE engine (or VH41 for short) was produced from 1991 to 2001 and was installed on the most expensive models of the concern, including the American Infiniti Q45. This power unit still attracts fans of swapping powerful engines in their cars.

VH41DE was designed on the basis of his older brother – VH45DE. The cylinder diameter remained the same – 93 mm, the reduction in volume was achieved by installing a crankshaft with a smaller crank diameter and longer connecting rods. This made it possible to reduce the piston stroke to 76 mm. Engine power 268 hp (200 kW) at 5600 rpm and 377 Nm at 4000 rpm.

The VH family also includes an internal combustion engine: VH45DE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan Cima 2 (Y32) in 1991 – 1996;
  • Nissan Cima 3 (Y33) in 1996 – 2001;
  • Nissan Leopard 3 (Y32) in 1992 – 1996;
  • Infiniti Q45 2 (Y33) in 1996 – 2000.


Manufacturer Yokohama Plant
Also called VH41
Production years 1991-2001
Cylinder block alloy aluminum
Fuel system distributed injection
Configuration V8
Valves per cylinder 4
Piston stroke, mm 76
Cylinder bore, mm 93
Compression ratio 10.5
Displacement, cc 4130
Power output, hp / rpm 270/5600
Torque output, Nm / rpm 377/4000
Timing drive double row chain
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 3/4
Weight, kg 240
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Cima 2000)
— city
— highway
— combined
Oil consumption, gr/1000 km up to 1000
Recommended engine oil 5W-30 / 5W-40 / 10W-30 / 10W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.3
Oil change interval, km 10000
Engine lifespan, km ~400 000

Disadvantages of the VH41DE engine

  • This engine uses metal guides, so there are no problems with the chain;
  • Of the weak points of the motor, it can only be noted that the failures of the knock sensor and the mass air flow sensor;
  • In all other respects, this engine demonstrates excellent reliability and service life.

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