Differences between sr20de & sr20ve

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Differences between sr20de & sr20ve
The SR20DE and SR20VE are variants in the Nissan SR series of engines. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

The SR20 engine was a popular series of 2.0-litre, inline, four-cylinder engine produced by the Nissan Motor Corp. Installed in several small and mid-sized cars, the series encompassed a total of eight variations, including one of the most popular turbocharged performance engines in the last 20 years: the SR20DET.

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The SR20 Family and Commonalities

Nissan produced eight variants of the SR20 series of engines. All SR20 series engines were four-cylinder, dual-overhead, camshaft engines with alloy engine blocks. In addition, the SR20 series engines employed timing chains, as opposed to timing belts. The SR20 family was intended by Nissan to offer good power, good economy and good durability.


The SR20DE is the standard engine of the SR20 line-up, used in more than a dozen Nissan models in several major automotive markets. Produced from 1990 through 2002, the engine developed 150 horsepower and increased up to 165 horsepower when Nissan added its VTC timing system to the engine.


The SR20VE is a relatively rare SR20 variant which included Nissan's Neo VVL variable valve timing with lift control. The main version of this engine was used by Nissan from 1997 to 2001. It developed 187 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. The SR20VE was never introduced in the United States.

Aftermarket Desirability

The SR20VE, along with the SR20DET (a turbocharged version of the SR), are desirable engines for enthusiasts interested in improving the power in a SR20DE-powered Nissan. Because the SR20VE was never imported to the United States, it is a difficult engine to locate and purchase. The stout design of the SR20DE has made it a popular choice for the addition of aftermarket turbocharging kits.

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