Opel Z12XE

Opel Z12XEThe Opel Z12XE is a 1.2 l (1,199 cc, 73.17 cu-in) straight-four 4-stroke natural aspirated gasoline small-displacement engine developed by Opel, at the time a subsidiary of General Motors. The engine was manufactured from 2000 to 2005.

The Z12XE engine uses a light-weight cast-iron semi-closed deck engine block with a cast-iron crankshaft and aluminum head with dual chain-driven overhead camshafts (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder (16 valves in total). The Z12XE engine is a Euro 4 version of the X12XE engine with Bosch Motronic ME 1.5.5.

Bore and stroke are 72.5 mm (2.85 in) and 72.6 mm (2.86 in), respectively. Compression ratio rating is 10.1:1. The Z12XE engine produces 75 PS (55 kW; 73.8 HP) at 5,600 rpm of maximum horsepower and 110 Nm (11.2 kg·m; 81.2 ft·lb) at 4,000 rpm of peak torque.

The breakdown of the engine code is as follows:

  • Z – Euro 4 engine
  • 12 – 1.2 Liter displacement
  • X – Comression ratio from 10 to 11.5:1
  • E – Multi Point Fuel Injection system

General information

Engine Specifications
Engine codeOpel Z12XE
LayoutFour stroke, Inline-4 (Straight-4)
Fuel typeGasoline (petrol)
Displacement1.2 L, 1,199 cm3 (73.17 cu in)
Fuel systemMultipoint fuel injection (MFI)
Power adderNone
Power output75 PS (55 kW; 73.8 HP) at 5,600 rpm
Torque output110 Nm (11.2 kg·m; 81.2 ft·lb) at 4,000 rpm
Firing order1-3-4-2
Dimensions (L x W x H):

Cylinder block

The engine used a cast-iron semi-closed deck cylinder block and a cast-iron crankshaft five-bearings supported system. Bore and stroke are 72.5 mm (2.85 in) and 78.6 mm (3.09 in). Compression ratio rating is 10.1:1.

Cylinder block
Cylinder block alloyCast-iron
Compression ratio:10.1:1
Cylinder bore:72.5 mm (2.85 in)
Piston stroke:72.6 mm (2.86 in)
Number of piston rings (compression / oil):2 / 1

Cylinder head

The cylinder head is made of an aluminum alloy. The X12XE engine has chain-driven dual overhead camshafts. Valves are actuated via roller finger followers with hydraulic tappets.

Cylinder head
Cylinder head alloy:Aluminium
Valve Arrangement:DOHC, chain-driven
Valves:16 (4 valves per cylinder)
Valve timing:INTAKE
Valve head diameter:INTAKE27.90-28.10 mm (1.0984-1.1062 in)
EXHAUST24.90-25.10 mm (0.9803-0.9880 in)

Head tightening procedure and torque specs:

  • Step 1: 25 Nm (2.5 kg·m, 18.4 ft·lb)
  • Step 2: Turn all bolts 60°
  • Step 3: Turn all bolts 60°
  • Step 4: Turn all bolts 60°

Maintenance data

Oil system
Oil consumption , L/1000 km (qt. per miles)up to 0.5 (1 qt. per 1200 miles)
Recommended engine oil 5W-30, 5W-40, 10W-30, 10W-40
Oil type API SG / CD
CCMC G4 / G5
Engine oil capacity (Refill capacity) With filter change 3.5 l
Oil change interval, km (miles)30,000 (18,000)
Ignition system
Spark plugBosch FQR8LEU2
Spark plug gap1.0 mm (0.0394 in)
Spark plug tightening torque25 Nm (2.55 kg·m; 18.45 ft·lb)

Vehicle applications

ModelYears Produced
Opel / Vauxhall Agila A 1.2 16v2000-2004
Opel / Vauxhall Corsa C 1.2 16v2000-2004
Opel / Vauxhall Astra G 1.2 16v2000-2003
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  1. Boas tenho um corca c 1.2 gasolina motor Z12XE e estava vendo aqui as especificaçoes e alem de estar muito bom o topico (https://www.engine-specs.net/opel/z12xe.html) queria lhes perguntar se voces teem mais especificado os apertos todos da cabeça do motor/arvores cames e componentes e da capa de distribuicao, ja tentei procurar em pdf apenas tenho uma imagem com os parafusos la mas nao tenho os apertos. Obrigado

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