2ZZ-GE Engine

Toyota 2ZZ-GE (1.8 EFI) engine

Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine was produced from 1999 to 2006 year. The displacement of the cylinders is 1.8 liters (1796 cubic cm). The cylinder diameter is 82 mm, and the stroke of the piston is 85 mm. Equipped with the MFI fuel injection. The gas distribution system is designed as a DOHC with four valves per cylinder and an additional option VVTL-i. The compression ratio is 11.5: 1, which increases the requirements for gasoline – it is recommended to use no lower than 95th gasoline.

Engine power is not constant, depends on the engine settings for a particular car. For example, Celica GT-S, Corolla T-Sport, Lotus Elise and Lotus Exige cars power is 189 hp (141 kW), and for the US market in 2003, Corolla, Matrix and Pontiac Vibe power capacity is 180 Hp, after 2003, 173 hp, and by 2006 164 hp. This is due to the change in standards (technology) of power measurement.

Toyota Corolla Compressor and Lotus Exige S were equipped with a chassis with internal cooling, resulting in a power output of 225 hp. (168 kW), and on the Exige 240R with an internal cooling charge the power was 240 hp. (179 kW).

2ZZ engine specs


Manufacturer Shimoyama Plant Also called Toyota 2ZZ Production 1999-present Cylinder block alloy Aluminum Configuration Straight-4 Valvetrain DOHC 4 valves per cylinder Piston stroke, mm (inch) 85 (3.35) Cylinder bore, mm (inch) 82 (3.23) Compression ratio 11.5 Displacement 1796 cc (109.6 cu in) Power output 121 kW (164 HP) at 7,600 rpm 134 kW (182 HP) at 7,600 rpm 141 kW (192 HP) at 7,800 rpm 163 kW (221 HP) at 7,800 rpm 179 kW (243 HP) at 7,800 rpm 191 kW (260 HP) at 8,000 rpm Torque output 169 Nm (125 lb·ft) at 4,400 rpm 176 Nm (130 lb·ft) at 6,800 rpm 180 Nm (133 lb·ft) at 6,800 rpm 215 Nm (159 lb·ft) at 5,500 rpm 230 Nm (170 lb·ft) at 5,500 rpm 236 Nm (174 lb·ft) at 6,000 rpm Redline – HP per liter 91.3 101.3 106.9 123.1 135.3 144.8 Fuel type Gasoline Weight, kg (lbs) 112 (245) Fuel consumption, L/100 km (mpg) -City -Highway -Combined for Celica T230 10.5 (22) 6.6 (35) 8.4 (28) Turbocharger Naturally aspirated Eaton M45 Eaton M62 Oil consumption , L/1000 km (qt. per miles) up to 1.0 (1 qt. per 750 miles) Recommended engine oil 5W-30 10W-30 Engine oil capacity, L (qt.) 4.4 (4.6) Oil change interval, km (miles) 5,000-10,000 (3,000-6,000) Normal engine operating temperature, °C (F) ~95 (203) Engine lifespan, km (miles) -Official information -Real – ~200,000 (120,000) Tuning, HP -Max HP -No life span loss 300+ –


The engine is installed in

  • Toyota Celica SS-II (Japan, 187 hp/190 PS)
  • Toyota Celica GT-S (USA, 180 hp)
  • Toyota Celica 190/T-Sport (UK, 189 hp)
  • Toyota Celica ST (Australia, 189 hp (141 kW)/180 Nm)
  • Toyota Celica ZR (Australia, 189 hp (141 kW)/180 Nm)
  • Toyota Corolla Sportivo (Australia, 189 hp (141 kW)/180 Nm)
  • Toyota Corolla TS (Europe, (189 hp/192 PS))
  • Toyota Corolla Compressor (Europe, supercharged, 222 hp/225 PS)
  • Toyota Corolla XRS (USA, 164/170 hp)
  • Toyota Corolla Fielder Z Aero Tourer (Japan, 187 hp/190 PS)
  • Toyota Corolla “Runx Z Aero Tourer” (Japan, 187 hp/190 PS)
  • Toyota Corolla RunX RSi (South Africa, 141 kW/180 Nm)
  • Toyota Matrix XRS (USA, 164-180 hp)[5]
  • Pontiac Vibe GT (USA, 164-180 hp)
  • WiLL VS 1.8
  • Lotus Elise (North America/UK, 190 hp)[8]
  • Lotus Exige (US/UK, 190 hp NA & 243 hp supercharged)[9][10]
  • Lotus 2-Eleven (US/UK, supercharged, 252 hp)

Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine features and problems

After implementation of new engines generation, a question arose of new forced engine for FF models to replace 4A-GE and 3S-GE. It had to have the same dimensions as the 1ZZ-FE, unit output as “best world analogues” and the minimal weight. Of course, not using the boost, and combining high power at high rpm with a sufficient torque at low rpm.
First 2ZZ-GE, created with the traditional participation of Yamaha, was introduced at overseas with new Celica 230 in 1999.

ZZ features described above. but the new motor had many radical differences…

The main pride – new aluminium linerless block on MMC base (this is not the “Mitsubishi Motors”, but “composite” material with alumino-silicate fibers and inclusions).

1ZZ-FE is a very long-stroke engine, so further forcing by rpm was impossible with the same bore/stroke ratio. As a result, the bore was maximally increased so the wall thickness between cylinders was reduced to 5.5 mm. Thinner is impossible because gasket will not seal head/block joint. Even if at this place could be inserted a liner, the bridge temperature would exceeded all limits – so Toyota made a kind of “composite liner”.

The main problems are related to molding nuances and, in the absence of traditional cast iron liner, does not fixed:

  • uniformity of solidification (causes hole forming)
  • porosity (the solidification process is slowed near the inclusions with lower thermal conductivity)
  • cracks (due to different solidification speed near MMC inclusions and in the main aluminum volume, at the mold surface and inside it)

With molding defects, Toyota fought by strong pre-heating of molding form, laminar filling it with liquid metal, vacuum-degassed forms etc.

MMC had low wear resistance – as known iron cast liner or block retains hone grid for a long times, but in the full-aluminium block the grid even was not “cutted” but “collapsed” (the surface plastically deformed). This “feature” can not be eliminated, so Toyota achieved maximum possible resistance by composition – and declared it as “sufficient”.

The piston for this engine was also manufactured by MMC technology, and the outside of the skirt was coated with phosphorus- and iron-containing applied coating compound to increase the hardness.

Quite a long time was spent to adjust so-called “liner”/piston rings pair to provide wear due rings instead deliberately weak cylinder wall.

The second revolutionary innovation was VVTL-i system (Variable Valve Timing and Lift).

Traditional VV”T” part is similar to 1ZZ-FE and responsible for improving low rpm torque, additional VV”L” improves maximum output at speed over 6000 rpm by increasing the valve lift from 7.6 mm to 10.0 / 11.2 mm.

VVTL mechanism is rather simple. For each pair of valves there are two cams with a different profile on the camshaft (“normal” and “aggressive”), and on a rocker – two different followers (respectively, roller and slider). In the normal mode, the rocker (and valve) is driven by “normal” cam through roller follower, and spring-loaded slider idling moves in the rocker. In the power mode the locking pin is moved by oil pressure and backs the sliding follower rod rigidly connecting it with the rocker. When pressure is removed, the spring presses the pin out and sliding follower is released again.

Different followers using because roller (with needle bearings) allows less friction loss, but at the same height of the cam profile provides less filling (mm*degrees), but at high speed the friction losses are almost equalized, so to maximizing the output the slider becomes more advantageous. Roller follower is made of hardened steel, slider is made of antiscoring ferroalloy but requires to use special spraying system installed in the cylinder head.

The most unreliable part of VVTL was the locking pin. It can not move to operating position for one rotation of a cam, so inevitably occurs a partial overlap collision of rod and pin, causing progressive wear. Eventually the worn pin will always be wrung out by rod in the initial position and not be able to fix it, so will always operate only the low-rpm cam. Toyota tried to solve the problem by thorough surface treatment, decreasing the weight of the pin, increasing the oil pressure in the line, but without final success. In practice, failures of the rocker pins still occurs.

The second common defect – rocker arm shaft mounting bolt break, causing shaft turns freely, so the oil supply to the rockers stops and VVTL does not work (also lubrication of the unit is deteriorated).

The rest of the improvements can be considered less significant. Modified oil sump to avoid air capture by oil pump during acceleration. The intake manifold with a large resonator, the partition in the exhaust to reduce heat loss and faster catalyst warm up.

The rubber spacers between the intake manifold and cylinder head to improve noisiness


It seemed, Toyota made a new, high-tech, quite compact, lightweight and powerful engine. Moreover, unlike predecessors it had rather “flexible” character with normal torque at low rpm.

But, except for the other ZZ features:

  • increased compression ratio (11.5) requires high octane gasoline (RON 95).
  • “raw” and non-reliable design of VVTL rockers
  • “Disposable” as for all new engines, is compounded by high loads and using of specific materials – so it is the most delicate of Toyota’s engines. As experience shows, in terms of reliability 2ZZ-GE and 4A-GE/3S-GE are worlds apart.

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