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Toyota S engine

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Toyota S engine
Toyota 3S-GE (longitudinal) 001.JPG
3S-GE engine in a Toyota Altezza
ManufacturerToyota Motor Corporation
ConfigurationInline-four engine
SuccessorToyota AZ engine
Toyota AR engine

The Toyota S Series engines are a family of straight-4 engines with displacement from 1.8 L to 2.2 L produced by Toyota Motor Corporation from January 1980 to August 2007. The series has cast iron engine blocks and alloy cylinder heads.

Table of S-block engines

S block engines
Code Years Bore Stroke Compr. Displ. Power Torque Notes
1S[1] 1982–1988 80.5 mm 90.0 mm 9:1 1,832 cc 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 5,200/5,400 rpm 142 N⋅m (105 lbf⋅ft) at 3,400 rpm Camry (SV10 export)
1S-L[2] Unknown 80.5 mm 90.0 mm 9:1 1,832 cc 68 kW (92 PS; 91 hp) at 5,200 rpm 142 N⋅m (105 lbf⋅ft) at 3,400 rpm Corona (ST150) (New Zealand, Latin America)
1982–1986 80.5 mm 90.0 mm 9:1 1,832 cc 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) at 5,400 rpm 152 N⋅m (112 lbf⋅ft) at 3,400 rpm
1S-iLU[3] 1983–1986 80.5 mm 90.0 mm 9:1 1,832 cc 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 5,400 rpm 157–160 N⋅m (116–118 lbf⋅ft) at 2,800-3,000 rpm
1S-iL 1986 80.5 mm 90.0 mm 9:1 1,832 cc 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 5,200 rpm 142 N⋅m (105 lbf⋅ft) at 3,400 rpm EU
1S-E 1984–1987 80.5 mm 90.0 mm Unknown 1,832 cc Unknown Unknown Cressida/MKII/Chaser (SX60)
1S-ELU[3] 1983–1986 80.5 mm 90.0 mm 9:1 1,832 cc 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 5,400 rpm 164 N⋅m (121 lbf⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm Corona FF (ST150)
1S-EL 1986 80.5 mm 90.0 mm 9:1 1,832 cc 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) at 5,200 rpm 154 N⋅m (114 lbf⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm EU
2S 1984–??? 84.0 mm 90.0 mm Unknown 1,995 cc Unknown Unknown
2S-C 1983–1985 84.0 mm 90.0 mm 8.7:1 1,995 cc 73 kW (99 PS; 98 hp) at 5,200 rpm 157 N⋅m (116 lbf⋅ft) at 3,200 rpm Corona (ST141) (Australia)
Celica (SA6x) (not US)
2S-E 1982–1987 84.0 mm 90.0 mm 8.7:1 1,995 cc 92 hp (69 kW; 93 PS) at 4,200 rpm 153 N⋅m (113 lbf⋅ft) at 2,400 rpm
2S-E 1986 84.0 mm 90.0 mm 8.7:1 1,995 cc 97 hp (72 kW; 98 PS) Unknown US (but not Canadian) Camrys; The extra power is related to new timing, which is now electronically controlled.
2S-E 1986 84.0 mm 90.0 mm 9:1 1,995 cc 107 PS (79 kW; 106 hp) Unknown Carina II ST151
2S-ELU 1986 84.0 mm 90.0 mm 8.7:1 1,995 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) at 5,400 rpm 173 N⋅m (128 lbf⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm Camry/Vista (SV10)
2S-EL 1984–1986 84.0 mm 90.0 mm 9:1 1,995 cc 107 PS (79 kW; 106 hp) at 5,200 rpm 166–173 N⋅m (122–128 lbf⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm Camry (SV11), EU
Toyota Corona (ST151), NZ
2S-ELU 1986 84.0 mm 90.0 mm 9:1 1,995 cc 98 hp (73 kW; 99 PS) at 5,400 rpm 160 N⋅m (120 lbf⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm US
2S-E 1986 84.0 mm 90.0 mm 8.7:1 1,995 cc 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) at 5,400 rpm 161 N⋅m (119 lbf⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm Camry SV11
3S-FC[4] 1987–1991 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 9.8:1 1,998 cc 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 5,600 rpm
82 kW (111 PS; 110 hp) at 5,600 rpm (Aus)
166 N⋅m (122 lbf⋅ft) at 3,200 rpm Catalyzed
Camry (SV21)
Holden Apollo (JK/JL)
3S-FE 1987–1990 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 9.8:1 1,998 cc 90 kW (122 PS; 121 hp) at 5,600 rpm 169 N⋅m (125 lbf⋅ft) at 4,400 rpm Celica GT (US), Celica ZR (Japan, ST162)
3S-FE 1987–1994 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 9.8:1 1,998 cc 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 5,600 rpm 162 N⋅m (119 lbf⋅ft) at 4,400 rpm Equipped with catalytic converter
3S-FE 1995–1998 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 9.8:1 1,998 cc 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) at 6,000 rpm 178 N⋅m (131 lbf⋅ft) at 4,400 rpm Refined valve timing and ECU settings, introduced with Carina E (ST190) model
3S-FE 1998–2000 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 9.8:1 1,998 cc 94 kW (128 PS; 126 hp) at 6,000 rpm 178 N⋅m (131 lbf⋅ft) at 4,400 rpm Slightly less power with better torque characteristics. Stricter pollution control. Introduced with the new Avensis (ST220) model
3S-FSE 2001–2003(?) 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 9.8:1 1,998 cc 110 kW (150 PS; 148 hp) at 6,000 rpm 192 N⋅m (142 lbf⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm D-4 (Direct injection) Toyota Nadia, VVT-i
3S-GE 1985–1989 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 9.2:1 1,998 cc 103 kW (140 PS; 138 hp) at 6,200 rpm 175 N⋅m (129 lbf⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm Celica 2.0 GT-i 16, GT-R, GT-S (ST162)
3S-GE 1989–1993 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 10.0:1 1,998 cc 115 kW (156 PS; 154 hp) at 6,600 rpm 186 N⋅m (137 lbf⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm Celica 2.0 GT-i 16, GT-R (ST182/ST183), MR2 (SW20)
3S-GE 1994–1998 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 10.3:1 1,998 cc 132 kW (179 PS; 177 hp) at 7,000 rpm 192 N⋅m (142 lbf⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm Celica GT, SS-II (ST202), MR2 (SW20)
3S-GE 1997–1998 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 11.0:1 1,998 cc 147 kW (200 PS; 197 hp) at 7,000 rpm 210 N⋅m (155 lbf⋅ft) at 6,000 rpm Celica (ST202), MR2 (SW20)
3S-GE 1997–1998 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 10.5:1 1,998 cc 140 kW (190 PS; 188 hp) at 7,000 rpm 210 N⋅m (155 lbf⋅ft) at 6,000 rpm RAV4 (SXA10), Caldina (ST210)
3S-GE 1997–2005 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 11.5:1 1,998 cc 156 kW (212 PS; 209 hp) at 7,500 rpm 220 N⋅m (162 lbf⋅ft) Altezza, Caldina GT
3S-GT (503E) 1987–199? 89.0 mm 86.0 mm 7.0:1 2,140 cc 560 PS (412 kW; 552 hp) at 8,500 rpm 639 N⋅m (471 lb⋅ft) at 5,500 rpm 87C, 88C, Eagle HF89, Eagle Mk III
503E 1987–1989 89.0 mm 86.0 mm 7.0:1 2,140 cc 680 PS (500 kW; 671 hp) at 8,500 rpm 639 N⋅m (471 lb⋅ft) at 5,500 rpm 87C, 88C (Le Mans setup with CT26R turbocharger)
503E 1995–1996 89.0 mm 86.0 mm 7.0:1 2,140 cc 680 PS (500 kW; 671 hp) at 8,500 rpm Unknown Supra GT JZA80 (Le Mans setup, Garrett turbocharger with 55.9 mm restrictor)
503E 1997 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 7.0:1 1,998 cc 480 PS (353 kW; 473 hp) at 6,800 rpm 639 N⋅m (471 lb⋅ft) at 4,500 rpm Supra GT JZA80 (JGTC setup with 45.3 mm restrictor)
3S-GTE 1986–1989 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 8.5:1 1,998 cc 185 PS (136 kW; 182 hp) at 6,000 rpm 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft) at 3,600 rpm Celica GT-Four (ST165)
3S-GTE 1990–1993 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 8.8:1 1,998 cc 224 PS (165 kW; 221 hp) at 6,000 rpm 304 N⋅m (224 lbf⋅ft) at 3,200 rpm Celica GT-Four (ST185), MR2 (SW20)
3S-GTE 1994–1999 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 8.5:1 1,998 cc 245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp) at 6,000 rpm 304 N⋅m (224 lbf⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm Celica GT-Four (ST205), MR2 (SW20)
3S-GTE 1999–2007 86.0 mm 86.0 mm 9.0:1 1,998 cc 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp) at 6,200 rpm 324 N⋅m (239 lbf⋅ft) at 4,400 rpm Caldina GT-T (ST215w), Caldina GT-Four (ST246w)
4S-Fi 1987–1991 82.5 mm 86.0 mm 9.3:1 1,838 cc 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 5,600 rpm 149 N⋅m (110 lbf⋅ft) at 2,800 rpm Single point fuel injection
4S-FE[5] 1989–1998 82.5 mm 86.0 mm 9.5:1 1,838 cc 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 5,600 rpm 157 N⋅m (116 lbf⋅ft) at 4,400 rpm Corona (ST170)
4S-FE 1995–1998 82.5 mm 86.0 mm 9.5:1 1,838 cc 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) at 6,000 rpm 162 N⋅m (119 lbf⋅ft) at 4,600 rpm MKII/Chaser (SX80)
Vista Etoile (SV30)
5S-FE 1990–1992 87.0 mm 91.0 mm 9.5:1 2,164 cc 132 PS (97 kW; 130 hp) at 5,400 rpm 197 N⋅m (145 lb⋅ft) at 4,400 rpm Celica ST184 (5th Gen) Australia, MR2 (SW21), Toyota Camry
5S-FE 1993–2001 87.0 mm 91.0 mm 9.5:1 2,164 cc 137 PS (101 kW; 135 hp) at 5,400 rpm 197 N⋅m (145 lb⋅ft) at 4,400 rpm Celica ST204 (6th Gen) Australia, MR2 (SW21), Toyota Camry
5S-FE 1997–1999 87.0 mm 91.0 mm Unknown 2,164 cc 135 PS (99 kW; 133 hp) at 5,200 rpm 199 N⋅m (147 lb⋅ft) at 4,400 rpm Camry (4th Gen) U.S spec 1st semester styling
5S-FE 2000–2001 87.0 mm 91.0 mm Unknown 2,164 cc 138 PS (101 kW; 136 hp) at 5,200 rpm 203 N⋅m (150 lb⋅ft) at 4,400 rpm Camry (4th Gen) U.S spec 2nd semester styling


The 1.8 L (1,832 cc) 1S is the first version of the S-series engine. It is a member of Toyota's Lasre engine family (Lightweight Advanced Super Response Engine). Bore and stroke are 80.5 x 90.0 mm. The engine was first seen in 1981, and was fitted to a wide range of Toyotas, in both RWD and FWD applications.

1S (1S-U)

Original 1S engine, designed for longitudinal, rear-wheel-drive applications. Designated 1S-U with Japanese emissions controls.

1S-L (1S-LU)

Adaption of the 1S engine, designed for transverse, front-wheel-drive applications. Designated 1S-LU with Japanese emissions controls.

1S-iL (1S-iLU; 1S-i)

Adaption of the 1S-L engine, with added central injection (Ci). Designated 1S-iLU with Japanese emissions controls.

Later versions renamed 1S-i. Sometimes labelled 1S-Ci in marketing material.

1S-EL (1S-ELU; 1S-E)

Adaption of the 1S-L engine, with added multiport fuel injection. Designated 1S-ELU with Japanese emissions controls.

Later versions renamed 1S-E.


The 2S is a 2.0 L (1,995 cc) four-cylinder engine with an iron block and an alloy head. Bore and stroke are 84.0 x 90.0 mm.[1] This was to be the last of the S engine family not to be equipped with twincams.

2S-E, 2S-EL, 2S-ELU, 2S-ELC

The 2S-E is the same as the 2S except it uses EFI. This particular engine was used in the Camry and in the Celica ST161. It was fitted with hydraulic lash adjusters.

The 2S-EL, 2S-ELU and 2S-ELC are the same as the 2S-E except they are transversely mounted (as fitted to the V10 Camry). The 2S-ELU has Japanese emission controls and the 2S-ELC has US emission controls.


The 3S is a 2.0 L (1,998 cc) inline-four engine with an iron block and an alloy head. Similar to the 2S engine, the bore was increased to 86.0 mm and the stroke was reduced to 86.0 mm,[6] allowing for the fitment of larger valves and enabling higher power outputs.[7] First introduced in May 1984,[8] the 3S remained in production until 2007.


Two-barrel carburettor version of the 3S-FE. This engine is found in lower-specification variants of the 1986–1992 Toyota Camry and its Holden Apollo twin (SL and SLX versions). Power is 82 kW (111 PS) at 5,600 rpm, with max torque of 166 N⋅m (122 lb⋅ft) at 3,200 rpm.[4]


The Toyota 3S-FE is a 16-valve 2.0 L twin camshaft, single cam gear engine built by Toyota from 1986 to 2000. European version produces 128 PS (94 kW)(126 hp) at 5,600 rpm and 179 Nm (132 ft-lbs) at 4,400 rpm.[9] It is commonly used in the Camry 1987–1992 model, the Celica T160/T180/T200, Carina 1987–1992, Carina 1988–2001, Caldina 1992–2002, Carina ED 1990–1992 and E 1993–1998 models, Corona T170/T190 as well as Avensis 1997–2000 models and RAV4, 1994–2000 and Picnic/Ipsum 1996–2002. The 3S-FE was also used in some MR2 Mk2 cars due to its torque band being suitable for the automatic models. The 3S-FE is fitted with EFI. The 3S-FE engine is fitted with cast aluminum internals, whereas the 3S-GE/GELU engines have forged internals.[8]

3SFSE was a direct injection engine with Toyota D4 system. A cam driven high pressure fuel pump is at the #4 end of the head. This engine was only released in Japan (some imported to Russia etc.), and used in Camry (Windom).


The Toyota 3S-GE (originally titled 3S-GELU in transversely-mounted applications with Japanese emission controls), is an in-line 4 cylinder engine in the S engine family, manufactured by Toyota and designed in conjunction with Yamaha. While the block is iron, the cylinder head is made of aluminium alloy. The pent-roof combustion chambers are complemented by a cross-flow intake and exhaust layout.[8] The spark plug is located in the center of the combustion chamber. The firing order is 1-3-4-2, with cylinder number 1 adjacent to the timing belt. The 3S-GE was designed to be light, the first iteration 3S-GELU weighing in at a low 143 kg (315 lb).[7]

The forged crankshaft,[8] located within the crankcase, rotates on five aluminium alloy bearings and is balanced by eight weights. Oil holes are located in the middle of the crankshaft to provide oil to the connecting rods, bearing, pistons and other moving components. The intake manifold has four independent ports and benefits from inertia build up to improve engine torque at low and medium speeds.

A single timing belt drives the intake and exhaust camshaft. The cam journals are supported on five points between the valve lifters of each cylinder and on the front of the cylinder head, and are lubricated by an oiler port located in the middle of the camshaft.

The pistons are made from an aluminium alloy, designed to withstand high temperatures. An indentation is incorporated into the piston head to prevent the pistons from hitting the valves, should the timing belt break (this is not true of the later BEAMS - an acronym which stands for Breakthrough Engine with Advanced Mechanism System - motors). This is commonly referred to as a "non-interference" engine. Piston pins holding the pistons in place are locked by snap rings. The "Outer Shim Type System" allows for the replacement of the shims without the need to remove the camshaft. To adjust the valve clearance, adjust the shims above the valve lifters.

The first compression ring and the oil ring are made of steel, the second compression ring is made of cast iron. Compression rings 1 and 2 prevent exhaust leakage from the combustion chamber while the oil ring works to clear oil off the cylinder walls, preventing excessive oil from entering the combustion chamber. An oil pan baffle is used to ensure that there is sufficient oil available in the oil pan.

There are five generations of the 3S-GE, which were used in the Toyota Celica, MR2, Caldina, RAV4, and Altezza. All 3S-GE engines had a displacement of 2.0 L (1,998 cc). Additionally, the turbocharged 3S-GTE engines are based on the 3S-GE platform.

Generation 1

The first-generation 3S-GE was produced from May 1984[8] to 1989, arriving in both North American versions, as well as In Japan as a second variation. The North American engine was slightly less powerful, producing around 135 bhp (101 kW). This engine was the only 3S-GE to come to North America, in the Celica GT-S (ST162). Among other things, the Japanese market version sported a more aggressive ECU and lacked the EGR valve system, pushing the output to somewhere around 160 PS (118 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 19.0 kg⋅m (186 N⋅m) of torque. The engine was originally available in particular in the Toyota Camry/Vista Twin Cam 2000 (3S-GELU for V10s, 3S-GE for V20s)[8] and Toyota Corona *T150 (limited chassis version - ST162 with 3S-GELU).

Generation 2

The second generation was produced from 1990 to 1993, receiving a slight boost in output to 165 PS (121 kW), 156 PS (115 kW) in European markets. Peak torque went to 19.5 kg⋅m (191 N⋅m). It also proved to be a slightly more reliable engine. The second generation also did away with the T-VIS system, which was replaced by the ACIS (Acoustic Control Induction System), proving to be much more efficient. T-VIS was, however, retained on the second-generation 3S-GTE, the turbocharged counterpart.

Generation 3

The third-generation 3S-GE was produced from 1994 to 1999. Power output for the Japanese market was increased to 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) as the compression ratio was increased to 10.3:1, while motors for other markets received a minor revision in 1996 for emissions (EGR) which reduced power output slightly to 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) at 7,000 rpm. Torque remains the same for both at 19.5 kg⋅m (191 N⋅m).

Generation 4

The fourth-generation 3S-GE, also known as the 'Red Top BEAMS' 3S-GE began production in 1997. BEAMS is an acronym which stands for Breakthrough Engine with Advanced Mechanism System.

The first version was equipped with VVT-i and produced 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) at 7,000 rpm when coupled to a manual transmission. The automatic version produced 190 PS (140 kW; 187 bhp) at 7000 rpm; this is believed to be an ECU restriction implemented by Toyota due to gearbox limitations. It was available in a few models sold only in Japan: the MR2 G and G-Limited, the Celica ST202 SS-II and SS-III and the Caldina.

The second version generation 4 3S-GE, the 'Grey Top BEAMS' 3S-GE, was an available engine option in the RAV4 and second-generation Caldina Active Sports GT in Japan. Even though the valve cover on this engine is black, it is referred to as the "Grey Top", taking its name from the grey intake plenum colouring. This naming is as such to differentiate it from the fifth-generation Dual-VVTi "Black Top" in the Altezza. Power output is 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) at 6,600 rpm in the RAV4 and 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) in the Caldina GT. The mechanical differences between the Red Top and Grey Top is the headers and the ECU. Wiring is identical.

Casting provisions exist in the heads for Exhaust VVT solenoid, and RWD water gallery is open, behind the alternator mount. Rear oil drain at the back of the head is in a different position.

Gen 4 also runs a manual throttle body.

This engine was used in some TTE WRC Corollas (modified for Turbo).

Generation 5

BEAMS 3S-GE 5th-generation engine ("Black Top")
BEAMS 3S-GE 5th-generation engine ("Black Top")

In 1998, the fifth and final version of the 3S-GE was released, found only in the Japanese-delivered Altezza RS200. The 'Black Top' as it came to be referred to as, was fitted with a dual VVT-i system that adjusted timing on both intake and exhaust camshafts and came in two different spec levels dependent on which transmission it was coupled to.

Gen 5 uses electronic controlled throttle with cable (semi-drive by wire), so no idle speed controller is required. A returnless fuel rail is also used.

The MT version that came equipped with the J160 6-speed manual transmission featured larger diameter titanium intake valves measuring 35mm, larger exhaust valves measuring 29.5mm also made from titanium, a larger 33mm bucket and a compression ratio of 11.5:1. It made 210 PS (154 kW; 207 hp) at 7,600 rpm and 22.0 kg⋅m (216 N⋅m) at 6,400 rpm.

Compared to the MT version, the 5-speed AT version came equipped with the A650E 5Super ECT (with manual shift mode) automatic transmission and had a lower compression ratio of 11.1:1, a less aggressive cam profile, smaller steel-alloy valves and smaller 31mm buckets. This engine made 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) at 7,000 rpm and 22.0 kg⋅m (216 N⋅m) at a considerably lower 4,800 rpm. Externally, the AT model can be identified by differences in the wiring loom and the lack of an acoustic blanket on the intake plenum.


3S-GE Specifications
Gen 1 Gen 2 Gen 3 Gen 4 Gen 5 AT Gen 5 MT
Capacity 1,998 cc (2.0 L)
Bore x Stroke 86 mm (3.39 in) x 86 mm (3.39 in)
Variable Performance Mechanism T-VIS ACIS VVT-i Dual VVT-i
Compression Ratio 9.2:1 10:1 10.3:1 11.1:1 11.1:1 11.5:1
Valve Material Steel-Alloy Titanium
Intake Valve Diameter 33.5 mm (1.32 in) 34.5 mm (1.36 in) 34.5 mm (1.36 in) 35 mm (1.38 in)
Exhaust Valve Diameter 29.0 mm (1.14 in) 29.5 mm (1.16 in) 29.5 mm (1.16 in) 29.5 mm (1.16 in)
Included Valve Angle 25 ° 22.5 °


Toyota 3S-GTE engine in a Celica ST165.
Toyota 3S-GTE engine in a Celica ST165.

The 3S-GTE is an in-line 4-cylinder 1,998 cc (2.0 L; 121.9 cu in) engine from Toyota, based on the 3S-GE with the addition of under piston oil squirters and a reduced compression ratio to accommodate the addition of a turbocharger.

There are four generations of this engine, which started manufacture in 1986 and was built until 2007. The turbochargers used in the 3S-GTE engines are Toyota designs and use an internal wastegate design. Depending on where the engine was intended to be sold the exhaust turbine is either ceramic (Japan) or steel (US and Australia). It was fitted to the MR2(North America and Japan only. There is no official MR2 for the European market with this engine.), Toyota Celica GT-Four, and the Caldina GT-T and GT-Four.

3S-GTE usage in Toyotas[10]
Generation Year Model Power Torque
1 1986–1989 Celica ST165
  • 185 PS (136 kW; 182 hp) @ 6000 rpm
  • 190 hp (142 kW; 193 PS) @ 6000 rpm (North America)
  • 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft) @ 4000 rpm
  • 258 N⋅m (190 lbf⋅ft) @ 4000 rpm (North America)
2 1990–1993
  • Celica ST185
  • MR2 (1990–1992 Turbo)
  • MR2 (North America 1991 1995)
  • 200 hp (149 kW; 203 PS) @ 6000 rpm (North America)
  • 205 hp (153 kW; 208 PS) @ 6000 rpm (European Carlos Sainz/Australia Group A Rallye)
  • 225 PS (165 kW; 222 hp) @ 6000 rpm (Japan, GT-Four & GT-Four Rally, MR2)
  • 235 PS (173 kW; 232 hp) @ 6000 rpm (Japan, GT-Four RC)
  • 271 N⋅m (200 lbf⋅ft) @ 3200 rpm (North America)
  • 281 N⋅m (207 lbf⋅ft) @ 3200 rpm (UK)
  • 275 N⋅m (203 lbf⋅ft) @ 3200 rpm (Group A Rallye)
  • 304 N⋅m (224 lbf⋅ft) @ 3200 rpm (Japan, ST185/MR2)
  • 304 N⋅m (224 lbf⋅ft) @ 4000 rpm (Japan, GT-Four RC)
3 1994–1999
  • 245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp) @ 6000 rpm (MR2)
  • 244 PS (179 kW; 241 hp) @ 6000 rpm (Japan, ST205)
  • 302 N⋅m (223 lbf⋅ft) @ 4000 rpm (ST205 Group A)
  • 304 N⋅m (224 lbf⋅ft) @ 4000 rpm
4 1997–2001 Caldina ST215 (GT-T) 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp) @ 6200 rpm 324 N⋅m (239 lbf⋅ft) @ 4400 rpm
4.5 2002–2007 Caldina ST246 (GT-Four) 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp) @ 6200 rpm 324 N⋅m (239 lbf⋅ft) @ 4400 rpm

Its cylinders are numbered 1-2-3-4, cylinder number 1 is beside the timing belt. The Dual Over Head Cam (DOHC) 16-valve cylinder head designed by Yamaha is made of aluminum alloy. The pent-roof combustion chambers are complemented by a cross flow intake and exhaust layout. Spark plugs are located in the middle of the combustion chambers. A distributor based system is used to fire the cylinders in a 1-3-4-2 order.

The crankshaft, located within the crankcase, rotates on five aluminum alloy bearings and is balanced by eight weights. Oil holes are located in the middle of the crankshaft to provide oil to the connecting rods, bearing, pistons and various other components.

A single timing belt drives the intake and exhaust camshaft along with the oil and water pumps. The cam journal is supported on 5 points between the valve lifters of each cylinder and on the front of the cylinder head. The cam journals are lubricated by oiler port located in the middle of the camshaft. To adjust the valve clearance in the first two generations, a shim over bucket system is employed. In the following generations a shim under bucket system is used.

The pistons are made from an aluminum alloy designed to withstand high temperatures. An indentation is incorporated into the pistons to prevent the pistons from hitting the valves if the timing belt breaks. Piston pins holding the pistons in place are locked by snap rings.

The first compression ring and the oil ring is made of steel, the second compression ring is made of cast iron. Compression ring 1 and 2, prevents gas leakages from the combustion chamber while the oil ring works to clear oil off the cylinder walls, preventing any excessive oil from entering the combustion chamber.

First Generation

The first-generation Toyota CT26 utilized a single entry turbine housing and a single wastegate port design. It was fitted to the first generation Toyota Celica GT-Four (ST165). The intake charge was cooled by a water-to-air intercooler and the intake manifold design is Toyota's T-VIS. It has 8 independent ports and benefits from the inertia build up to improve engine torque at low and medium speeds by closing 4 ports below a certain RPM and throttle position to increase air speed and maximize fuel atomization and opening all 8 at higher engine loads for better air volume. Air metering is through an air flow meter and there is no factory BPV/BOV in this generation. Fuel delivery is through 430 cc injectors while air is fed through a 55 mm (2.2 in) throttle body and 7.15 mm (0.281 in) intake and exhaust valve lift. Compression ratio is 8.5:1 and produces 182–190 hp (136–142 kW; 185–193 PS) and 190 lb⋅ft (258 N⋅m) with a factory 8-9 psi of boost. Fuel cut is at 12 psi.[10]

Second Generation

A second-generation 3S-GTE
A second-generation 3S-GTE

The second-generation Toyota CT26 used a twin entry turbine housing with dual wastegate ports. It was fitted to the second generation Toyota Celica GT-Four (ST185) as well as the Toyota MR2 Turbo (SW20). The intake charge is cooled by an air-to-air intercooler either top-mounted in the Celica or side-mounted in the MR2. The rally homologation Celica (known as GT-Four RC in Japan, Group A Rallye in Australia, or Carlos Sainz Limited Edition in Europe) used a top-mounted water-to-air intercooler and is distinguished by a hood vent rather than a hood scoop as found in the non-homologation ST185s. This generation retains the T-VIS intake manifold and the Air Flow Meter. A factory BPV is included in the SW20 MR2 Turbo but not on the Celicas. Compression ratio is 8.8:1 and produces 200–232 hp (149–173 kW; 203–235 PS) and 200–224 lb⋅ft (271–304 N⋅m). This generation retains the injector size and throttle body size from the previous generation. However, boost is increased to 10-11 psi in the ST185 and MR2 while it is increased to 16 psi in the ST185RC.[11] Intake and exhaust valve lift is significantly increased to 8.2 mm (0.32 in).

Third Generation

The third-generation engine uses the (enthusiast-dubbed) Toyota CT20b turbo, which was of the same design as the second-generation but with a slightly improved turbine housing and larger compressor wheel. A factory BPV is installed on all applications. The intake charge is cooled by a water-to-air top-mounted intercooler similar in shape to the ST185RC WTA. One can tell the difference as the ST205 WTA is black while the ST185 WTA is silver with a black centre. This generation does away with T-VIS and uses a normal 4 runner intake with the same port shape and size as the NA engine (but with larger injector holes for side feed). The Air Flow Meter is also removed in favor of a MAP sensing system (prior generations used a MAP sensor only for the purpose of the factory boost gauge and determining overboost fuel cut). Various increases included injector size (540 cc), boost (13 psi), overboost fuel cut limit (18 psi), intake cam lift (8.7 mm [0.34 in]), throttle body size (60 mm [2.4 in]), and a 10 mm (0.39 in) increase in exhaust ports. Exhaust valve lift is retained at 8.2 mm (0.32 in).[10] In late 1997, the block casting was revised with added support around the head to prevent block cracking problems.[11] The CT20b turbo found in this generation is backwards compatible with the second generation motors, however not the first generation. Further improvements include a factory oil catch can. Compression is reduced down to 8.5:1 however power is improved to 245–255 PS (180–188 kW; 242–252 hp) and 304 N⋅m (224 lbf⋅ft).

Fourth Generation

The fourth-generation engine uses a proprietary CT15B turbocharger. This generation was used in the Toyota Caldina GT-T AWD Wagon (ST215). The exhaust housing is actually cast into the cylinder exhaust manifold, rather than the normal practice of a separate turbine housing after the cylinder exhaust manifold. Due to this, the CT15 is backwards compatible with the third-generation 3S-GTE cylinder head only, not either the first or second generation. Intake charge was cooled by an air-to-air top-mounted intercooler fed through a new side-feed intake manifold. This generation utilizes a coil-on-plug ignition system and 550 cc injectors. Boost remains at 13-14 psi, however overboost fuel cut is increased to 21 psi. Compression is increased to 9:1 and produces 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp) and 324 N⋅m (239 lbf⋅ft).

Fifth Generation

The fifth-generation engine uses the same turbo as the fourth generation model. This generation was used in the Toyota Caldina GT-Four (ST246). There are only minor differences to this engine compared to the previous version and due to only limited markets receiving the ST246, very little is known and very few are aware of the engine. Differences include longer of the injectors to be closer to the intake ports. The intake manifold returns to a center-feed type fed by an air-to-air top-mounted intercooler. This intercooler is slightly smaller than the previous generation and is oriented slightly different than any of the previous generations. It is tilted more towards the front of the car. The coil-on-plug ignition is different in this generation and it is not compatible with the ST215 ECU. The valve cover is different as for the first time in the 3S-GTE series as the oil filler hole is on top of the exhaust camshaft instead of the intake. Other differences include the first time that there is no oil cooler in this generation as well as OBD2 diagnostics. Despite the downsize in various components of this generation, power is retained at 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp) and 324 N⋅m (239 lbf⋅ft).[12]


3S-GTE Specifications[10][11]
Gen 1 Gen 2 Gen 3 Gen 4 Gen 4.5
Capacity 1,998 cc (2.0 L; 121.9 cu in)
Bore x Stroke 86 mm × 86 mm (3.39 in × 3.39 in)
Variable Performance Mechanism T-VIS Traditional
Ignition Distributor Coil-on-Plug
Compression Ratio 8.5:1 8.8:1 8.5:1 9.0:1 9.0:1
Valve Material Steel-Alloy Heat-Treated Steel with Nitride
Intake Valve Diameter 33.5 mm (1.32 in)
Exhaust Valve Diameter 29.0 mm (1.14 in)
Intake Valve Lift 7.15 mm (0.281 in) 8.2 mm (0.32 in) 8.7 mm (0.34 in) 8.75 mm (0.344 in) 8.4 mm (0.33 in)
Exhaust Valve Lift 7.15 mm (0.281 in) 8.2 mm (0.32 in) 8.2 mm (0.32 in)
Injector Size Top-Feed 430 cc Side-Feed 430 cc Side-Feed 540 cc Top-Feed 540 cc Extended length Top-Feed 540 cc
Turbo (All Single Turbo) Single-Entry CT26 Dual-Entry CT26 Dual-Entry "CT20b" Cast-in-manifold Single-Entry CT15B
Factory Boost 8–9 psi (0.55–0.62 bar) 10–11 psi (0.69–0.76 bar) 13 psi (0.90 bar)
Fuel Cut 12 psi (0.83 bar); ST185RC - 16 psi (1.1 bar) 18 psi (1.2 bar) 21 psi (1.4 bar)

503E relation

The 503E was used to power a number of Toyota Sports cars, including the Toyota 88C Group C entry and the All American Racers-built Eagle HF89/HF90 and Eagle MkIII IMSA Grand Touring Prototypes. - It was hand-built by Toyota Racing Development in Torrance, California and produced up to 800 horsepower. The 3SGTE was later based on its design. They are similar engines, though not identical.


The 4S is a 1.8 L (1,838 cc), a narrower bore version of the 3S (82.5 x 86.0 mm). This was essentially a multi-valve, twin cam replacement for the 1.8-litre 1S series, with parallel differences as those between the 2S and 3S. There were both 4S-Fi (central point fuel injection) and 4S-FE (multi-point fuel injection) versions.


The 5S engine was essentially the same basic design as the 3S, but features a slightly increased bore and an increased stroke (87.1 x 90.9 mm). The total displacement was thus increased to 2.2 L (2,164 cc). It was used in the fifth- and sixth-generation Celica, the second-generation MR2, the third- and fourth-generation Camry, as well as the first-generation Camry Solara. Like the 3S, the 5S is of a non-interference design to prevent the pistons from striking the valves in case of a timing belt failure.


A 5S-FE Engine in a 1998 Toyota Celica GT
A 5S-FE Engine in a 1998 Toyota Celica GT

The 5S-FE was available in several variations each being distinguished by valve cover design. The first generation, introduced in the 1990–92 Celica GT/GT-S and MR2, had a power rating of 130 hp and 144 lbs-ft/torque. The second generation was introduced in 1993 with the fifth generation (ST184) Celica, and continued through the sixth generation (ST204) Celica. The second generation was also used in the MR2 (SW21) and Camry/Scepter (XV10) series and had a power output of 135 hp and 145 lbs-ft/torque. It had slightly less aggressive cams, no cold start injector, a knock sensor, and more aggressive tuning to give it slightly more power. In states that had adopted California emission standards the 5S-FE was rated at 130 hp and 145 lbs-ft/torque due mainly to emission equipment used to meet those emission regulations. The third generation was the last 5S-FE engine produced and was used in the 1997–01 Camry XV20 and 1999–01 Camry Solara; however, from 1996 onward, the engine received a crank angle sensor instead of a cam angle sensor for a smoother idle. From 1997 to 1999 the engine produced 133 hp at 5,200 rpm and 147 lbs-ft/torque at 4,400 rpm. From 2000 to 2001, the engine received modest improvements to increase power output to 136 hp at 5,200 rpm and 150 lbs-ft/torque at 4,400 rpm. The 5S-FE was replaced in all applications by the 2.4 L 2AZ-FE.

California specification 1994-1996 5S-FEs in the Celica and Camry used air-assisted, 250 cc injectors, and sequential fuel injection for reduced emissions over the grouped (2+2) firing scheme. The 1994-1995 MR2 did not receive this change, nor did Camrys/Celicas in federal emissions states.[citation needed]

Camry 5S-FEs have a counter-rotating balance shaft assembly to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness. They reduce the 2nd order vibrations common to 4-cylinder engines by spinning at double the crankshaft speed. The 1994-1999 Celica and 1991-1995 MR2 5S-FEs lack these balance shafts, so any 5S-FE engine with balance shafts likely came from a Camry.[citation needed]

In 1997, for the fourth generation Camry, the 5S-FE was updated for the last time. This engine received a direct ignition system with external camshaft and crankshaft sensors. This system used a waste-spark design, and the coils had integrated igniters. The engine did not use a typical coil-on-plug design, but rather two coil+igniter assemblies mounted near cylinder four, and provided spark via normal high-tension cords (spark plug wires). This change means that the 1997-01 Camry 5S-FE has a blocked off distributor mounting hole and could be used with older 5S-FEs without swapping cylinder heads.[citation needed]

The 1997-99 Camry 5S-FE continued with the air-assisted, 250 cc injectors. The Camry 5S-FE also had a factory 4-to-1 exhaust design - in Federal form, it had no pre-catalyst, although the California version did replace the collector design of the Federal version with a warm-up pre-catalyst for reduced cold start emissions.[citation needed]

For 2000 Toyota removed the air-assisted injectors and moved to superfine atomization (~50 micrometers), 12-hole, 235 cc injectors made by Denso. They are of a different design, and required a change in the cylinder head casting.[citation needed]

For 2001 Toyota started fitting factory MLS (multi-layer steel) head gaskets and other metal gaskets layered with Viton to engines, including the 5S-FE. MLS head gaskets require cylinder head and cylinder block resurfacing on older engines to ensure proper sealing; consequently, the MLS head gasket did not supersede the old composite head gasket.[citation needed]

The 1994-99 Celica 5S-FE was not updated with these changes, and continued to use a distributor and the older electronic control system and injectors. Any used engine marked as a 1997-01 Camry 5S-FE with a distributor is a Celica 5S-FE or older Camry 5S-FE.[citation needed]

The 5S-FE has a 9.5:1 compression ratio.

5S-FE engine in a 1994 Camry LE.
5S-FE engine in a 1994 Camry LE.
Year Power Torque
1990–92 130 bhp (97 kW) at 5,400 rpm 144 lb⋅ft (195 N⋅m) at 4,400 rpm
1993–96 135 bhp (101 kW) at 5,400 rpm 145 lb⋅ft (197 N⋅m) at 4,400 rpm
1997–99 133 bhp (99 kW) at 5,400 rpm 147 lb⋅ft (199 N⋅m) at 4,400 rpm
2000–01 136 bhp (101 kW) at 5,400 rpm 150 lb⋅ft (203 N⋅m) at 4,400 rpm

Models with this engine:

  • ST204 (US Generation 6 Celica GT)
  • ST184 (US Generation 5 Celica GT, GT-S and SX. Australian Generation 5 Celica SX)
  • SW21 (US Generation 2 MR2 N/A)
  • SXV10 (Camry 1992–96)
  • SXV20 (Camry 1997–01)


Essentially a CNG version of the 5S-FE. This engine was fitted to the XV20 Camry in California to fleet customers in 1999.[13]

See also


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