Toyota MR2 Celica 3SGTE engine
Toyota MR2 Celica 3SGTE engine.The Toyota 3S-GTE is a 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine designed for use in the Celica, MR2, and Caldina. It’s a long running engine with production spanning from 1986 to 2007. 3S-GTE engines offer 182 to 256 horsepower. Very respectable numbers for a small inline-4 engine of its era. Of course, with a 20+ year engine there’s a lot to cover so let’s move along. In this guide, we discuss Toyota 3S-GTE 2.0 inline-4 engine specs, performance, aftermarket, reliability, and more.
The 3S-GTE is a 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged engine. It uses a heavy cast iron block which provides excellent strength. Cylinder heads are made from aluminum in order to keep weight lower. Toyota went with a DOHC 16 valve design, which is standard for many of their engines.
A square engine with equal bore and stroke provides a good balance of power and torque. Depending on generation the 3SGTE features a different compression ratio. 1st and 3rd gen engines are 8.5:1 compression. The 2nd gen Toyota 3S engine has an 8.8:1 compression ratio while later 4th and 5th gen engines are 9.0:1.
All of the 3SGTE generations share the same basic engine design and specs from above. However, there were a number of updates to help improve power, performance, and reliability over the years. It would be impossible to cover all of the details and differences for each engine. As such, we will simply provide a quick breakdown of notable changes over the years.
- 1st Gen: 8.5:1 c