Engine Nissan VR38DETT

Engine Nissan VR38DETT under the hood

The 3.8-liter Nissan VR38DETT engine (or VR38 for short) has been assembled since 2007 at the concern’s plant in Tochigi, and the assembly is carried out manually and only by highly qualified specialists. This twin-turbocharged powertrain is used in GT-R series sports cars.

The VR38DETT engine has sports 24 valves with variable valve timing (DOHC). Die-cast aluminum block with 0.15 mm cylinder liner coated to provide a protective layer for the piston rings. Two turbochargers are integrated in the outlet manifolds to reduce weight and improve vehicle balance. The engine also features a thermostatically controlled sports pressure lubrication system.

The VR family also includes an internal combustion engine: VR30DDTT.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan GT-R 1 (R35) in 2007 – …;
  • Nissan Juke-R 1 (F15) in 2012 – 2015.


Manufacturer Tochigi Plant
Also called VR38
Start of production 2007
Cylinder block alloy aluminum
Fuel system distributed injection
Configuration V6
Valves per cylinder 4
Piston stroke, mm 88.4
Cylinder bore, mm 95.5
Compression ratio 9.0
Displacement, cc 3799
Power output, hp 480 – 720
Torque output, Nm 580 – 780
Fuel type petrol
Features Twin-Turbo
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator at the CVTCS inlet
Turbocharging two IHI RHF55
Euro standards Euro 5/6
Weight, kg 225
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan GT-R 2015)
— city
— highway
— combined
Oil consumption, gr/1000 km up to 1000
Recommended engine oil 0W-40 / 10W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.5 (2007-2011)
5.0 (2011+)
Oil change interval, km 10000
Engine lifespan, km ~200 000

Disadvantages of the VR38DETT engine

  • The engine is assembled by hand and is of very high quality workmanship;
  • A number of owners have already experienced timing chain stretching on short runs.

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