Engine Toyota 8AR-FTS

The 2.0-liter Toyota 8AR-FTS engine has been produced since 2014 at the company’s Japanese plant. This engine can operate on both the Otto and Atkinson cycles, is equipped with a combined ESTEC D-4ST fuel injection system, Twin Scroll turbocharging and VVT-iW phase shifters.

The AR family includes engines: 6AR‑FSE, 8AR‑FTS, 2AR‑FE, 2AR‑FXE, 2AR‑FSE, 5AR‑FE, 1AR‑FE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Toyota Crown 14 (S210) in 2015 – 2018;
  • Toyota Harrier 3 (XU60) since 2017;
  • Toyota Highlander 3 (XU50) since 2016;
  • Lexus GS200t 4 (L10) since 2015;
  • Lexus IS200t 3 (XE30) since 2015;
  • Lexus NX200t 1 (AZ10) since 2014;
  • Lexus RC200t 1 (XC10) since 2015;
  • Lexus RX200t 4 (AL20) since 2015.


Production years since 2014
Displacement, cc 1998
Fuel system ESTEC D-4ST
Power output, hp 231 – 245
Torque output, Nm 350
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 86
Piston stroke, mm 86
Compression ratio 10.0
Features EGR and intercooler
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator VVT-iW
Turbocharging Twin Scroll
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.9
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Lexus NX 200t 2017)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~200 000
Weight, kg 156

Disadvantages of the 8AR-FTS engine

  • A number of owners complain about extraneous sounds when the engine is running during a cold start;
  • In the first year of production, the turbine bypass valve was often replaced under warranty;
  • For some, the water pump leaked on a run of 30 – 50 thousand kilometers;
  • The D-4ST engine power system is very sensitive to fuel quality.

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