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Nissan Cima Y32 Buyers Guide : 1991-1996

Sean Morris Posted on February 1, 2019

Y32 Nissan Cima For Sale

The Y32 version of the Nissan Cima was introduced in August 1991, and sold through 1996.  The CIMA was available with a V6, a V8, and in both rear wheel drive, and all wheel drive configurations.  All versions had a four speed automatic transmission. 

They were the flagship offering at the Nissan Prince stores in Japan.  The V8 VH41DE engine was a short stroke version of the VH45DE that was orginally offered in the Infiniti Q45. Along side the 266 horsepower VH41, a turbocharged VG30DET was also offered. 

The VH41DE is a 4.1 litres (4,130 cc) V8 that was based on the VH45DE. The bore of 93 mm (3.66 in) remained but the stroke was shortened to 76 mm (2.99 in). Power output for the new engine was 268 hp (200 kW; 272 PS) at 5600 rpm and 278 lb⋅ft (377 N⋅m) at 4000 rpm.

The VH41DE also used a double row timing chain, compared to the VH45DE that used a single row timing chain. Its alternator is also located at the top of the engine which creates an overall narrower engine package.

The 4.1 L (4,130 cc) VH41DE was used in the following vehicles:

  • 1997-2001 Infiniti Q45 266 hp (198 kW; 270 PS), 278 lb⋅ft (377 N⋅m)
  • 1992-1996 Nissan Leopard, 270 PS (199 kW; 270 PS), 278 lb⋅ft (377 N⋅m)
  • 1991-1996 Nissan Cima Y32, 266 hp (198 kW; 270 PS), 278 lb⋅ft (377 N⋅m)
  • 1996-2001 Nissan Cima Y33, 270 PS (199 kW; 266 hp), 376 N⋅m (277 lb⋅ft)


VH41DE engine

RE4R03A transmission


VH41DE engine from Y31 Nissan Cima

Y31 Nissan Cima

Y32 Nissan Cima

Y32 Nissan Cima Dataplate


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