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The best Japanese V8 engine recognized by the V8 powerhouse America

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●Excellent V8 engines also exist in Japan
●[Toyota 1UZ-FE]Without it, there would be no Lexus today
●[Nissan VK56DE]Large displacement, high output, special V8 engine for SUVs and pickup trucks
●【Toyota 2UR-GSE】Toyota’s most powerful V8 engine

There are also excellent V8 engines in Japan

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When it comes to V-shaped 8-cylinder engines, the first thing that comes to mind is the American V8 engine that hits the body with its deep and rich exhaust sound. V8 engines are not exclusive to American cars. They are installed in cars from all over the world. Of course, Japan, where small displacement is the mainstream, also has excellent V8 engines.

Next, I will introduce to you three excellent Japanese-made V8 engines that are also recognized by the United States, the V8 engine powerhouse.

[Toyota 1UZ-FE]Without it, there would be no Lexus today

1UZ-FE is a 4.0L V8 DOHC engine developed for the Lexus LS400 and Celsior launched in the United States in 1989.

DOHC V8 engines were very rare in the United States at that time. In addition, even the oil pan of 1UZ-FE is made of aluminum alloy, which achieves lightweight effect, maintains its full power, and also achieves low vibration, low noise, and low fuel consumption.

A champagne tower was placed on the hood of the Lexus LS. The engine was started and the engine speed was increased. Still not a drop of liquid leaked out of the glass. The visual image of low-vibration performance was filmed as an advertisement and aired in the United States, making the new member Lexus famous. The center of attention.

The reliability and low vibration performance of 1UZ-FE also greatly shocked Mercedes-Benz and BMW, and it also had a profound impact on subsequent vehicle development.

[Nissan VK56DE]Large displacement, high output, special V8 engine for SUVs and pickup trucks

The Nissan VK56DE 5.6L V8 engine is an engine specially developed for large pickup trucks and SUVs. The VK56DE model expands the displacement of the highly reliable VK45DE in the United States, and upgrades the output and torque.

One of the reasons why Nissan pickup trucks are so popular in the United States is that it is easier to obtain higher output power than most American pickup trucks that use V8 OHV engines.

VK56DE is used in pickup trucks such as Titan launched in 2003. Later, it was also used in SUVs such as Pathfinder, Armada, and Infiniti QX56, leading the U.S. large pickup truck market for 10 years.

The Le Mans 24 Hours Endurance Race, GT1 World Championship, Dhaka Rally, etc. also use VK56DE engines tuned to more than 690PS.

[Toyota 2UR-GSE]Toyota’s most powerful V8 engine

UR is the 5.0L V8 engine inherited from UZ. 2UR-GSE is an engine jointly developed with Yamaha based on the 2UR-FSE installed in Toyota Century and Lexus LS.

The high compression ratio naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 direct injection, manifold injection and engine 2UR-GSE uses a pump to forcibly suck the oil out of the cylinder head, so that it can have stable oil pressure even at high speeds, and in 2008 It was first installed on the Lexus ISF launched in 2016.

In addition, using the same cross crankshaft as the American V8, it can achieve a smooth speed increase and clear engine sound like a flat-plane crankshaft Ferrari V8 engine, which is also a characteristic of 2UR-GSE.

Since then, Lexus F models such as GS and RC and Lexus LC have used this engine. The Lexus IS500 F Sport Performance, which will go on sale in August 2022, is also equipped with 2UR-GSE that has been increased to 481PS.

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