Cummins V8 to hit the Aussie market in greater numbers

Let’s face it, when thinking engine conversion to a big American V8, most people think Duramax; there’s plenty of them around, and they make great numbers for what they are. On the other hand, they have more than their fair share of issues, like overheating in the Aussie climate. With many folks screaming for Nissan to bring the Titan into Australia (and it’s supposed to be happening: read here), the venerable engine that powers the Nissan Titan, the Cummins ISV 5.0-litre V8, is being imported into the Aussie market in greater frequency.

West Australian company Cummins Imports Australia have just announced on their Facebook page that they have a ‘couple’ of used example with very low mileage. Insofar as price is concerned, they won’t be ‘cheap’, with the expectation they will be up around the same price as the rather prolific Duramax. The reason the Cummins ISV 5.0-litre V8 is such a hard engine to get a hold of, is that Cummins and Nissan have an agreement in the US, that means every ISV 5.0-litre engine off the assembly line must go to Nissan and be used in the Titan utes, and some motorhomes (aside from the crate motors that go to Nissan as replacements). Thus, chances of getting a brand-new motor is small (unless you know a guy who knows a guy).

On to the engine specs however:

Configuration: V8
Displacement: 5.0-litre, 304 cubic inches
Bore x Stroke: 3.70″ x 3.54″ (94 mm x 90 mm)
Compression Ratio: 16.3 : 1
Cylinder Head Material: Aluminium alloy
Engine Block Material: Compact graphite iron (CGI)
Injection: 29,000 psi high-pressure common rail
Aspiration: Variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), intercooled
Valvetrain: 32-valve (4 valves per cylinder), dual overhead camshafts (DOHC)
Weight: 804lb dry (engine only), 899lb fully dressed (with after-treatment system)
Horsepower: 310hp
Torque: 555lb-ft
Emissions: Engine-integrated cooled EGR system, diesel particulate filter (DPF), and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system requiring the use of diesel exhaust fluid (read: AdBlue).

Nissan Titan XD Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel
The 5.0L V8 turbo-diesel uses a compacted graphite iron (CGI) cylinder block, forged steel crankshaft, high-strength aluminium alloy heads, and composite valve covers. Oh, and it’s also quad cam!

For a 5.0-litre V8 Cummins engine that puts out a rather comfortable 235kW, and 752Nm as stock as they come, they’re a rather good option for many in the Nissan world, and can be shoehorned into many other vehicles.

If this is something up your alley, and you’d rather go a different route than the standard Duramax, best to give the guys over at Cummins Imports Australia a call, and see what they’ve got …




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  • hopefully they’re not being built in the same Chinese factory that are making the Cummins engines found in the cheap Chinese Proton Tunland 4×2 & 4×4 utes……..they use a Chinese made ( but German owned LOL ) Getrag five-speed manual transmission, through a Borg Warner two-speed transfer case and then to Dana diffs which are made cheap in China…….wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole nor would I give one to my worst enemy ! To quote an Iron Maiden album name from the 80’s – “Run To The Hills” !!!

  • I don’t know why Nissan have dropped the ball in only putting v8 petrol engine in patrols they have in my opinion lost the market share to Toyota ,I for one would like to see a replacement engine for patrol,and Navara.

    • Nissan didn’t drop the ball so much only having now petrol engines……this was the result of the push by the UN for all diesel engines to be “Euro 6” compliant with all this adblue additive crap. Nissan couldn’t convert nor develop their 3.0 litre 4 cylinder diesel cost effectively to be compliant so they discontinued them. What is blatantly contradicting of itself though is they got rid of a 4 cylinder diesel and in turn make the only engine option available in a car that weighs 2.7 tonne a 5.6 litre V8…………… that’s logical on Nissan’s part, that will really help cut down pollution won’t it ? fools they are bowing down to this UN crap – their sales will be hurting for sure !

    • Thanks to European emission laws it looks like diesels will one day be a thing if the past. Unfortunately…….

  • It shoud be like a truck,choose the make and model,then choose the engine and drive line to suit your needs,is that to hard for the car manufactures.

      • They are awesome !
        I purchased it with some doubt, but after 3 years and a tune that really made it come to life ,I drive it to within an inch of its life every time I am in the seat !
        Not one problem, it’s awesome on fuel , doesn’t use oil and I love it…
        But I do look after her, the oil and filter get done every 5 to 7 Klms and the DPF has been removed and also running an egr delete as well

        • Yeah,bugger the environment anyway, who needs clean air, right ??????????
          These things are WAYYYYYY to late, electrics will leave them for dead. Once our idiot politicians see the light, and remove the obsticles being placed in their path by the fossil fuel groups.

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