KA24E is a 2.4-liter inline-four engine produced by Nissan. It was used in a variety of Nissan vehicles, including the 240SX, Pathfinder, and Pickup truck, among others. The “KA” in the engine code stands for “K-series engine, Athena” and the “E” stands for Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI).
Nissan 240SX models made before February of 1989 utilized the KA24E engine. This engine has a 9.1:1 compression ratio, outputting approximately 150 hp. After February of 1989, however, the compression ratio was reduced to 8.6:1 causing the KA24E to produce the advertised 140 hp.
The KA24E engine uses Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection (SEFI). The ECM controls each injector individually, releasing fuel into each cylinder on its intake stroke.
The Nissan KA24E is a reliable engine that can withstand substantial power increases on stock internals. This is due to the use of forged connecting rods and an internally balanced one-piece cast crankshaft.
|Type||SOHC Inline 4-cylinder|
3 valves per cylinder
|Materials||Cast Iron Block|
Cast Aluminum Heads
Cast Aluminum Intake Manifold
|Bore x Stroke||89.0 mm x 96.0 mm|
|Compression Ratio||8.6:1 (9.1:1 for early 1989 240SX)|
|Power||140 hp @ 5600 RPM|
|Torque||152 lb. ft. @ 4400 RPM|
KA24E vs KA24DE
|Engine type||2.4-liter inline-four||2.4-liter inline-four|
|Power output||140 horsepower and 152 lb-ft of torque||155-190 horsepower and 160-175 lb-ft of torque (varies by year and model)|
|Valvetrain||SOHC (single overhead camshaft)||DOHC (dual overhead camshaft)|
|Valve count||12 valves (4 per cylinder)||16 valves (4 per cylinder)|
|Fuel system||Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)||Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)|
|Block material||Cast iron||Cast iron|
|Redline||~6,500 RPM||~7,500 RPM|
|Aftermarket||Large aftermarket support for performance upgrades||Large aftermarket support for performance upgrades|
The KA24DE is an updated version of the KA24E, with improvements such as a dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) valvetrain and variable valve timing (VVT). It was produced from 1991 to 2008 and was used in a variety of Nissan vehicles, including the 240SX, Altima, and Frontier, among others. While both engines share the same displacement and basic design, the KA24DE produced more power and had better performance potential due to its DOHC valvetrain and other improvements.
The KA24E was produced from 1988 to 1997 and was a popular engine choice among enthusiasts due to its high-revving nature and reliability. It had an iron block and an aluminum head, with a single overhead camshaft (SOHC) and 12 valves. The engine produced around 135 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque in its stock form.
The KA24E engine was also popular for its potential for modifications and upgrades, and many enthusiasts have used it as a base for high-performance builds. The engine’s aftermarket support is vast, with many companies offering performance parts, such as camshafts, intake manifolds, exhaust systems, and turbo kits, among others.