Nissan VK45DE

Nissan VK45DEThe Nissan VK45DE is a 4.5 l (4,494 cc, 274.22 natural aspirated V8 90° four-stroke gasoline engine from Nissan VK-family. The engine was producted on Nissan’s Yokohama Plant since 2001 to 2010. The VK45DE engine replaced VH41DE and VH45DE.

The VK45DE features lightweight V8 90° aluminum block with a fully balanced five-bearings crankshaft and two aluminum heads with two one-piece cast camshafts (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder. The VK45DE has CVTC (Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control) system on intake shafts, variable-flow induction system, electronic throttle and ignition system with individual coils on each spark plug.

Compression ratio rating is 10.5:1. Cylinder bore and piston stroke are 93.0 mm (3.66 in) and 82.7 mm (3.25 in), respectively. The engine produced from 280 PS (206 kW, 276 HP) at 6,000 rpm to 340 PS (250 kW, 335 HP) at 6,400 rpm. The maximum torque is 460 Nm (46.9 kg·m, 340 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm.

The breakdown of the engine code is as follows:

  • VK – Engine Family
  • 45 – 4.5 Liter Displacement
  • D – DOHC (Dual Overhead Camshafts)
  • E – Multi Point Fuel Injection

General information

Engine Specifications
Engine codeVK45DE
LayoutFour stroke, V8
Fuel typeGasoline (petrol)
Displacement4.5 L, 4,494 cm3 (274.22 cu in)
Fuel systemMulti Point Fuel Injection
Power adderNone
Power output 280 PS (206 kW, 276 HP) at 6,000 rpm
320 PS (235 kW, 315 HP) at 6,400 rpm
330 PS (245 kW, 333 HP) at 6,400 rpm
340 PS (250 kW, 335 HP) at 6,400 rpm
Torque output 446 Nm (45.5 kg·m, 324.0 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm
451 Nm (45.9 kg·m, 332.6 lb·ft) at 3,600 rpm
460 Nm (46.9 kg·m, 340 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm
Firing order1-8-7-3-6-5-4-2
Dimensions (L x W x H):

Cylinder block

The VK45DE has an aluminum block with a five-bearings crankshaft supported system. It has low-friction molybdenum-coated pistons, forged steel connecting rods and microfinished crankshaft. The crankshaft journal diameter is 64 mm (2.52 in), the crankpin diameter is 52 mm (2.04 in).

The cylinder bore is 93.0 mm (3.66 in), piston stroke is 82.7 mm (3.256 in) and compression ratio rating is 10.5:1. The Nissan VK45DE motor has two compression and one oil control rings. The connecting rod’s length is 147 mm (5.79 in)

Cylinder block
Cylinder block alloyAluminium
Compression ratio:10.5:1
Cylinder bore:93.0 mm (3.66 in)
Piston stroke:82.7 mm (3.256 in)
Number of piston rings (compression / oil):2 / 1
Number of main bearings:5
Cylinder inner diameter (standard):93.000 mm (3.6614 in)
Piston skirt diameter (standard):92.980-92.990 mm (3.6606-.6610 in)
Piston pin outer diameter:21.989-21.995 mm (0.8657-0.8659 in)
Piston ring side clearance:Top0.045-0.080 mm (0.0018-0.0031 in)
Second0.030-0.070 mm (0.0012-0.0028 in)
Oil0.065-0.135 mm (0.0026-0.0053 in)
Piston ring end gap:Top0.22-0.32 mm (0.0087-0.0126 in)
Second0.22-0.32 mm (0.0087-0.0126 in)
Oil0.20-0.50 mm (0.0079-0.0197 in)
Connecting rod bushing inner diameter:22.000-22.006 mm (0.8661-0.8664 in)
Connecting rod big end diameter:55.000 mm (2.1654 in)
Connecting rod center distance:147.00 mm (5.79 in)
Crankshaft main journal diameter:63.964 mm (2.5183 in)
Crankpin diameter:51.974 mm (2.0462 in)
Crankshaft center distance:41.31-41.39 mm (1.6264-1.6295 in)

Cylinder head

The cylinder head is made of strong, light aluminum alloy which gives it good cooling efficiency. The VK45DE has CVTC (Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control) system on intake shafts. C-VTC enables variable valve timing in response to engine rpm and throttle opening. Enhanced control and reduced system friction improve response and optimize torque characteristics. The engine is equipped with an electronic throttle body, variable-length intake manifold, and a new exhaust system.

The camshafts are driven by two chains, one for each head. The timing chain transmits the rotational movement from the crankshaft to both intake and exhaust camshafts.

The intake valve diameter is 36.0 mm (1.41 in) the exhaust valve diameter is 31.2 mm (1.22 in), respectively. The intake duration is 240°, the exhaust duration is 228°. The VK45DE motor does not have hydraulic lifters, so special valve lifters are used to adjust the valve clearance.

Cylinder head
Block head alloyAluminium
Valve Arrangement:DOHC, chain drive
Cylinder head height:126.4 mm (4.98 in)
Valves:32 (4 valves per cylinder)
Intake valve timing:240°
Exhaust valve timing:228°
Valve head diameter:INTAKE36.0-36.3 mm (1.417-1.429 in)
EXHAUST31.2-31.5 mm (1.228-1.240 in)
Valve length:INTAKE96.57 mm (3.802 in)
EXHAUST94.50 mm (3.720 in)
Valve stem diameter:INTAKE5.972-5.980 mm (0.2351-0.2354 in)
EXHAUST5.962-5.970 mm (0.2347-0.2350 in)
Valve spring free length:INTAKE46.35-46.85 mm (1.8247-1.8444 in)
EXHAUST46.35-46.85 mm (1.8247-1.8444 in)
Camshaft cam height:INTAKE44.865-45.055 mm (1.7663-1.7738 in)
EXHAUST43.925-44.115 mm (1.7293-1.7368 in)
Camshaft journal diameter:№125.938-25.955 mm (1.0212-1.0218 in)
№2,3,4,525.953-25.970 mm (1.0218-1.0224 in)

Head tightening procedure and torque specs:

  • Step 1: 98.1 Nm; 10 kg·m; 72 ft·lb
  • Step 2: Loosen all bolts completely
  • Step 3: 44.1 Nm; 4.5 kg·m; 33 ft·lb
  • Step 4: Turn all bolts 60°
  • Step 5: Turn all bolts another 60°

Maintenance data

Valve clearance (HOT)
Intake valve0.304-0.416 mm (0.012-0.016 in)
Exhaust valve0.308-0.432 mm (0.012-0.017 in)
Compression pressure
Standard13.5 kg/cm2 (191 psi) / 300 rpm
Minimun11.5 kg/cm2 (164 psi) / 300 rpm
Compression differential limit between cylinders1.0 kg/cm2 (15 psi) / 300 rpm
Oil system
Oil consumption , L/1000 km (qt. per miles)up to 0.5 (1 qt. per 1200 miles)
Recommended engine oil 5W-30, 10W-30, 10-W40
Oil type APISJ or SL
Engine oil capacity (Refill capacity) With filter change 5.6 l (5-7/8 US. qt., 4-7/8 Imp. qt.)
Without filter change 5.0 l (5-1/4 Us. qt., 4-3/8 Imp. qt.)
Oil change interval, km (miles)6,000 (3,750)
Oil Pressure, kPa (kg/cm 2, psi) Idle speed: More than 98 (1.0, 14)
2,000 rpm: More than 294 (3.0, 43)
Ignition system
Spark plug Standard:PLFR5A-11 (NGK)
Hot:PLFR4A-11 (NGK)
Cold:PLFR6A-11 (NGK)
Spark plug gap1.1 mm (0.043 in)

Valve clearance adjustment data

Calculate the thickness of new adjusting valve lifter so valve clearance comes within specified values.

R = Thickness of removed valve lifter
N = Thickness of new valve lifter
M = Measured valve clearance

N = R + [M – 0.30 mm (0.012 in)]
N = R + [M – 0.34 mm (0.013 in)]

Valve lifters are available in 64 sizes range from 2.32 mm (0.0913 in) to 2.95 mm (0.1161 in), in steps of 0.01 mm (0.0004 in).

Example (exhaust valve):
R = 2.50 mm
M = 0.52 mm
N = 2.50 + (0.52 – 0.34) = 2.68 mm, so we need a valve lifter with identification mark 268.

Intake0.26-0.34 mm (0.010-0.013 in)0.304-0.416 mm (0.012-0.016 in)
Exhaust0.29-0.37 mm (0.011-0.015 in)0.308-0.432 mm (0.012-0.017 in)

Vehicle applications

ModelYears Produced
Infiniti Q452002–2006
Infiniti FX452003–2008
Infiniti M452003–2004
Infiniti M452006–2010
Nissan Fuga 450 GT2004–2010
Nissan President2003–2010
Super GT Nissan 350Z2007
Super GT Nissan GT-R2008-2009
LMP3 racing cars2011–
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  1. What is the crankshaft bearings number and color code. when i oder on conneccting rod size is 51.974 to 52mm
    vehicle repair manual, where can i find one?

  2. Who can tell me parts number and color crankshaft bearings have, the nissan fuga 4.5l 450GT 2008 vk45de.
    My connecting rod crank pin diameter is 51.974 to 52mm. Let me know also where i can get them pls

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