Nissan RB30
Manufacturer Nissan
Type Petrol
Production/Introduction 1985-1991
Status Discontinued
Displacement in litres, cc's or cu-in.
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Configuration in-line SOHC
Cylinders 6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection
Lubrification indicate the engine's type of lubrification
Output N/A hp @ N/A rpm
N/A lb-ft. of torque @ N/A rpm
Bore in inches
Stroke in inches
Compression write compression ratio here
In. Valves in inches
Ex. Valves in inches
Firing Order Firing order of cylinders
Left Bank Write which cylinders are in this bank (write N/A if it it is inline)
Right Bank (same as above)
Length in inches
Diameter in inches
Width in inches
Height in inches
Dry Weight lbs. / kg.
Fuel Consumption city/highway (mpg & km/L)
Emission/s CO: g/km
CO2: g/km
NOx: g/km
Hydrocarbon: g/km
Particulate: g/km
Chief Engineer write here


Four models of 3.0 L RB30 were produced from 1985 - 1991:

  • RB30S - carburetted single-cam
  • RB30E VL Commodore - fuel-injected single-cam (114 kW at 5,200 rpm, 247 N·m (25.2 kgf·m) at 3,600 rpm)
  • RB30E R31 Skyline - fuel-injected single-cam (117 kW at 5,200 rpm, 252 N·m (25.2 kgf·m) at 3,600 rpm)
  • RB30ET VL Commodore - fuel-injected single-cam turbo (150 kW at 5,600 rpm, 296 N·m at 3,200 rpm)

This motor was produced for use in the SkylinesPatrols and rights bought by Holden because the Holden 202 (3.3 L) powering the Holden Commodore could no longer satisfy tightening emissions requirements, and with all new cars required to run on unleaded petrol by 1986 a quick replacement was needed. Nissan Motor Co. sold the RB30E to Holden for the VL Commodore. Because the radiator is fitted lower in relation to the engine in the VL, there is an increased likelihood of air locks forming in the (alloy) cylinder head, causing this to overheat and warp. This was less likely in the R31 Skyline as the radiator is mounted higher. The engine proved to be very reliable apart from this issue. The RB30S was found in some Middle Eastern R31 Skylines and in some Nissan Patrols. The RB30E was found in R31 Skylines and VL Commodores in Australia as well as in South African R31 Skylines (with 126 kW at 5,000 rpm and 260 Nm at 3,500 rpm)

The turbocharged RB30ET (producing 150 kW) was found only in the VL Commodore (available in all models) and consisted of a lower compression RB30E bottom end, more powerful oil pump, T3 Garrett turbocharger, 250 cc injectors and a different intake manifold. The motor itself is still popular today (albeit in highly modified form) on the Australian Drag Racing circuit.

Nissan Special Vehicles Division Australia produced two limited models of R31 Skylines, the GTS1 and GTS2. These contained slightly more powerful RB30E engines, containing longer opening duration cams and better flowing exhausts.

  • GTS1 RB30E - injected single-cam (130 kW at 5,500 rpm, 255 Nm (26.0 kgf·m) at 3,500 rpm) - special cam profile, special exhaust
  • GTS2 RB30E - injected single-cam (140 kW at 5,600 rpm, 270 N·m (27.5 kgf·m) at 4,400 rpm) - special cam profile, special exhaust, piggy back computer, valve porting


These rare engines were used in the Tommy Kaira M30 based on the R31 Skyline GTS-R. A modified RB20DE head was bolted on to the RB30E block. It delivered 177 kW (240 PS/236hp) @ 7000 rpm and 294 N·m (30.0 kgf·m/216.9 lb.ft) @ 4800 rpm.


Nissan did not produce this engine. It refers to a turbocharged engine using an RB30E short block with the twin-cam head installed from another RB series engine. Common hybrid in Australia (referred to as the RB25/30 or RB26/30) using a RB30E bottom end mated to a RB25DE,RB25DET or RB26DETT cylinder head and turbo (RB20DE and DET heads are not used as the bores are different in size; RB30 86.0 mm RB20 78.0 mm but were originally modified and used on the Tommy Kaira RB30DE as the RB25 engine did not exist). The RB25DE cylinder head from the A31 Cefiro C33 Laurel or R32 skyline (aka: Non VCT) can be used, and fits perfectly on (although better valve springs are recommended, GT-R valve springs are a decent upgrade). The RB25DET (from the R33 Skyline or C34 Laurel or Stagea) head is also used, however an external oil feed must be fabricated for the variable cam timing (VCT) on the RB25DET, and the galleries at the front of the engine do not line up. The variable cam timing may be disconnected altogether. Also it is wise to reduce the size of the oil restrictors in the block and get a full face oil pump drive collar machined onto the crank which (solves it shattering at high RPM) with the use of a twin cam oil pump.

The fitment of a twin cam head from any of these engines onto a standard compression RB30E bottom end gives an ideal compression ratio for a mild to moderately modified street turbo engine around 8.2:1, (but always check your compression when building this engine as it may vary), making the conversion popular amongst those who would otherwise convert their RB30E to a high compression RB30ET using original ET bolt on externals.

Although it has a larger displacement than the RB26DETT, maximum possible horsepower is less, as the RB30 block lacks the RB26 block's internal cast-in bracing, and consequently cannot rev as high due to harmonic issues at ~7500 rpm. To compensate, the RB30DET produces more torque at lower revs due to its longer stroke. However they have been known to reach engine speeds up to 11,000 rpm with a lot of balancing and blueprinting. Power of the RB30DET in this form can far exceed that of an RB26DETT, RB30DET's are usually only found in RWD cars as it's a lot easier to install, with the 4wd setup in the GTR or GTS4 an adapter plate has to be made to fit the 4WD sump as its bolt pattern is different to the RB30, as there is a adapter plate between the sump it sits off on the gearbox bolt holes, they will have to be modified to fit.

There is also an 'RB30DETT' kit manufactured by OS Giken of Japan, which bolts an extension on top of the RB26 engine block, and fits liners, to give an 86 mm bore x 86 mm stroke. It is available as an assembled short block, containing billet chrome-molybdenum crank, billet chrome-molybdenum H-beam connecting rods, forged pistons, and costs ¥1,500,000.


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