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Litre to cubic inch displacement interchange

LitresCubic Inch
Displ.
CylindersFuelManufacturer
1.0L61L3GasChevrolet
1.0L61L3GasGeo
1.3L79L4GasFord
1.3L79L4GasGeo
1.4L85L4GasAmerican Motors
1.4L85L4GasChevrolet
1.4L85L4GasChrysler
1.5L90L4GasChrysler
1.5L90L4GasEagle
1.5L91L4GasChevrolet
1.5L91L4GasGeo
1.6L97L4GasChevrolet
1.6L97L4GasGeo
1.6L97L4GasPontiac
1.6L98L4GasChevrolet
1.6L98L4GasChrysler
1.6L98L4GasEagle
1.6L98L4GasFord
1.7L105L4GasAmerican Motors
1.7L105L4GasChrysler
1.8L107L4GasChrysler
1.8L107L4GasEagle
1.8L108L4GasGeo
1.8L110L4DieselChevrolet
1.8L110L4GasFord Truck
1.8L112L4GasChevrolet
1.8L112L4GasFord
1.8L112L4GasPontiac
1.9L116L4GasFord
2.0L120L4GasAmerican Motors
2.0L121L4GasAmerican Motors
2.0L121L4GasChevrolet
2.0L121L4GasChevrolet Truck
2.0L121L4GasFord
2.0L121L4GasFord Truck
2.0L122L4GasChrysler
2.0L122L4GasChevrolet
2.0L122L4GasChrysler
2.0L122L4GasEagle
2.0L122L4GasFord
2.0L122L4DieselFord
2.0L122L4GasFord Truck
2.0L122L4GasPontiac
2.1L128L4DieselJeep
2.2L132L4GasAmerican Motors
2.2L132L4GasEagle
2.2L133L4GasFord
2.2L134L4GasChevrolet
2.2L134L4DieselFord Truck
2.2L135L4GasChrysler
2.3L138L4GasOldsmobile
2.3L140L4GasChevrolet
2.3L140L4GasFord
2.3L140L4DieselFord Truck
2.4L144L4GasChrysler
2.4L144L4GasEagle
2.4L149L6DieselFord
2.46L150L4GasAmerican Motors
2.46L150L4GasJeep
2.5L150V6GasChrysler
2.5L150L4GasEagle
2.5L151L4GasPontiac
2.5L152V6GasFord
2.5L153L4GasChrysler
2.5L153L4GasFord
2.5L155V6GasFord
2.6L156L4GasChrysler
2.8L159V6GasFord
2.8L171V6GasFord
2.8L171V6GasFord Truck
2.8L173V6GasChevrolet
2.9L177V6GasFord
2.9L177V6GasFord
3.0L181V6GasBuick
3.0L181V6GasChrysler
3.0L182V6GasAmerican Motors
3.0L182V6GasChrysler
3.0L182V6GasEagle
3.0L183V6GasFord
3.0L183V6GasFord Truck
3.1L191V6GasChevrolet
3.2L195V6GasFord
3.2L196V6GasBuick
3.3L200L4GasChevrolet
3.3L200V6GasFord
3.3L201V6GasChrysler
3.3L201V6GasEagle
3.3L204V6GasBuick
3.4L207V6GasChevrolet
3.5L215V6GasChrysler
3.5L215V6GasEagle
3.7L225L6GasChrysler
3.8L229V6GasChevrolet
3.8L231V6GasBuick
3.8L232V6GasChrysler
3.8L232V6GasFord
3.9L239V6GasDodge Truck
3.9L240L6GasFord Truck
4.0L241L6GasJeep
4.0L244V6GasFord Truck
4.0L245V8GasOldsmobile
4.1L250L6GasChevrolet
4.1L250L6GasChevrolet Truck
4.1L250L6GasFord
4.1L252V6GasBuick
4.1L252V8GasCadillac
4.2L255L6GasFord
4.2L258L6GasAmerican Motors
4.2L258L6GasJeep
4.3L260V6DieselOldsmobile
4.3L260V8GasOldsmobile
4.3L260V8DieselOldsmobile
4.3L262V6GasChevrolet
4.3L262V6GasChevrolet Truck
4.3L265V8GasChevrolet
4.3L265V8GasPontiac
4.4L267V8GasChevrolet
4.5L273V8GasCadillac
4.6L279V8GasCadillac
4.6L281V8GasFord
4.8L292L6GasChevrolet Truck
4.9L300V8GasCadillac
4.9L300L6GasFord Truck
4.9L301V8GasPontiac
5.0L302V8GasFord
5.0L304V8GasJeep
5.0L305V8GasChevrolet
5.0L307V8GasOldsmobile
5.2L318V8GasChrysler
5.2L318V8GasJeep
5.4L350V8GasFord Truck
5.7L350V8GasBuick
5.7L350V8GasCadillac
5.7L350V8GasChevrolet
5.7L350V8GasOldsmobile
5.7L350V8DieselOldsmobile
5.7L350V8GasPontiac
5.8L351MV8GasFord
5.8L351WV8GasFord
5.9L359V8GasFord Truck
5.9L360V8GasChrysler
5.9L360L6DieselDodge Truck
5.9L360V8GasFord Truck
5.9L360V8GasJeep
5.9L361V8GasFord Truck
6.0L366V8GasChevrolet Truck
6.0L368V8GasCadillac
6.1L370V8GasFord Truck
6.2L381V8DieselChevrolet Truck
6.4L389V8GasFord Truck
6.4L390V8GasFord Truck
6.4L391V8GasFord Truck
6.5L395V8DieselChevrolet Truck
6.6L400V8GasChevrolet Truck
6.6L400V8GasChrysler
6.6L400V8GasFord
6.6L400V8GasPontiac
6.6L401V8GasFord Truck
6.6L403V8GasOldsmobile
6.9L420V8DieselFord Truck
7.0L425V8GasCadillac
7.0L427V8GasChevrolet Truck
7.0L428V8GasFord Truck
7.0L429V8GasFord Truck
7.2L440V8GasChrysler
7.2L440-3V8GasDodge Truck
7.3L445V8DieselFord Truck
7.4L454V8GasChevrolet Truck
7.5L460V8GasFord Truck
7.8L475V8GasFord Truck
7.8L477V10GasFord Truck
8.0L488V10GasChrysler
8.0L488V8GasDodge Truck
8.8L534V8GasFord Truck

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View Poll Results: Do you refer to the engine size of a vehicle in cubic inches or liters?

Cubic inches

1030.30%

Liters

2266.67%

I don’t know what either option REALLY means in the first place.

13.03%
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12-10-2012, 10:22 AM

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Pretty nice day in the Valley today so decided to drive the ‘Vette to the office. On my way, I stopped at my regular gas station to fill up my tank and get a coffee and doughnut. This college-aged kid pulls up to me in a 2000-ish Chevy Camaro in great condition and I complimented him on it. I also asked if it had a 350 in it and the kid looked at me puzzled. I pointed to the engine and asked if it was a 350 cubic inch…still looks at me completely flabbergasted. Finally he shyly says "It has a 5.7L V8" .

I’m 32 year old here…not exactly an ancient dinosaur. Do the younger generation not know what cubic inches are anymore when referring to motors? Is it a generational thing? When I was in my teens, we all referred to engines by cubic inches, not liters.

Do today’s teenagers and young adults not know what a 302 is? Or a 454? 350?

Do you refer to engine size by cubic inches or by liters?

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12-10-2012, 10:27 AM

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I think people usually just used what is commonly used by manufacturers, marketers,etc. Its not like referencing cubic inches is any more accurate, especially when refering to an actual 301cubic inche motor mislabeled as a 302 by fomoco.

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12-10-2012, 10:34 AM

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Iuse CI, in fact when people give sizes in liters, I have to convert it before I know what they are talking about. My son always describes cars in liter size even when he is talking about old 1960s cars.

"that old mustand only had a 4.6 in it" (in my head I am going "that must be a 283").

Some I have torouble remembering. I think a 6.2 is a 440. I know a 5.7 is a 350. However what is a 383? is a 327 now a 5.2? 5.0 a 302?

The chage has me really messed up becasue as I try to become "modern" and think in terms of liters. I now have trouble remembering who made what sized engines to begin with. I need a little cheat card:

Chrysler
383 = 6.0
440 = 6.2

Chevy
327 = 5.2
350 = 5.7

Ford
302 = 5.0
283 = 4.6

Etcetera.

It would help me remember some of the sizes I am already less familiar with. For example, what was the chevy that was a bit smaller than a 327? What about bigger than the 350? Is there a website with all of the engines commonly used by each maker and the new liter sizes as well as the CI sizes?

However i guess I kind of am a dinosaur. I do not want to work on anything that is fuel injected. I just do nto undersand enough about the detail of how they work. And what is with all those supid computer modules all over the place now? they need to change the name "Mechanic" to "Defective computer module locater and replacer" They do not do all that much mechanical work anymore.

Now that I think about it every decent GM car I have ever driven had a 350 (except my Dad’s catalina that had a 454 or something like that). Thus it is hard enough for me to remeber the other sizes of GM engines, let alone convert them into liters.

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12-10-2012, 10:39 AM

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’65 Galaxie….

I grew up on classic sports cars, so the metric designation was part of what I knew even back in the ’60s. As was fuel injection.

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12-10-2012, 10:47 AM

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I think it really depends on the age of the car. The kid driving the that 2000 ish Camaro likely didn’t have a 350, even though it’s a 5.7L engine, the Generation III Small Block was a 346 ci engine.

I know some older cars had the old badge designations 307, 327, 350, 400, 427, 454 ci designations on the body panels…As the previous poster just showed, Liter designations apparently existed during the 60’s also, even on domestic products. My 1st car was a 3rd Gen firebird, with the little 173 ci 6 cylinder…but it’s designated 2.8L by Chevy at the top of the plenum. Trans Am’s of this generation that had engine displacement markings were listed as 5.0 or 5.7 respectively.

So of the vehicles in my garage, I refer to all of them in terms of liters. That’s a 2.5L equipped Jetta, a 2.0L TDI Jetta, a 2.8L Firebird, and a .750L Honda (although I’d refer to it as 750cc…but it’s all the same I guess.

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12-10-2012, 11:00 AM

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I’,m old enough to remember FLAT HEAD V8’s.

Grew up with a car crowd, here in Toronto, was a local car club member since 1967, our Cenntenial year, here in Canada.

Younger people now are not nearly as car smart, as my generation was. Most of them can’t tell you what makes an engine run. Put gas in it, and call for a tow if it doesn’t start. Granted, modern cars are mosty computer controlled, so knowing how to clean and adjust spark plugs is a lost art, now. As is carb tuning, and setting ignition advance timing.

Some body asked about a Chevy engine that was smaller than a 327 ? If it was a V8 it would have been either a 283, or a 300 cubic inch, in line six cylinder, out of a pick up truck. Those 300 cubic inch sixes could be made to really scream, with a smaller combustion chamber head, stainless steel "fuelie " valves, a set of flat top pistons, a full race cam, a lightened fly wheel, a four barell carb, on a Clifford intake, and 110 octane air craft gas. I had one in a 1934 Chevy two door coupe, that weighed 2400 lbs. An honest 375 hp, and very surprising to the Camaros.

re litres, versus cubic inches. I can still figure the conversion, but with my motor head friends, no body talks "liters " its all ways cubes. My favourite engine builder used to say, it’s not horsepower that matters…..its your BANK account !!!.. The sound of "Cubic dollars" at 8,000 rpm.

Jim B

Toronto.

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12-10-2012, 11:22 AM

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I think it really depends on the age of the car. The kid driving the that 2000 ish Camaro likely didn’t have a 350, even though it’s a 5.7L engine, the Generation III Small Block was a 346 ci engine.

Exactly. The "old school" 350 ended production in 1998. The 5.7 available in the 2000 Camaro was the LS1.

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I know some older cars had the old badge designations 307, 327, 350, 400, 427, 454 ci designations on the body panels…As the previous poster just showed, Liter designations apparently existed during the 60’s also, even on domestic products. My 1st car was a 3rd Gen firebird, with the little 173 ci 6 cylinder…but it’s designated 2.8L by Chevy at the top of the plenum. Trans Am’s of this generation that had engine displacement markings were listed as 5.0 or 5.7 respectively.

I recall the shaker hood-equipped Firebirds of the 1970s with the 6.6 litre decal on the scoop advertising the presence of either the 400 Pontiac or 403 Olds engine beneath. I don’t know if engines with other displacements had this decal or not, all of the Firebirds in my little town apparently had the 6.6.

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So of the vehicles in my garage, I refer to all of them in terms of liters. That’s a 2.5L equipped Jetta, a 2.0L TDI Jetta, a 2.8L Firebird, and a .750L Honda (although I’d refer to it as 750cc…but it’s all the same I guess.

I’m comfortable going with whatever the manufacturer chooses to call it. I’ve currently got a Caravan with a 3.0 and I’m good with that; likewise I think I’ll continue to call the engine in my 1979 Motorhome a 360.

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12-10-2012, 11:27 AM

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I prefer cubic inch/centimeter references as they are more exact, it eliminates confusion as there are many different engines rounded to the same "liter" measurement.

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12-10-2012, 11:30 AM

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How come a new Mustang GT is a 5.0 but a new Mustang Boss is a 302?
Why is it not a Boss 5.0?

I do know why it’s the boss of the Camaro and Challanger.

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12-10-2012, 11:33 AM

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How come a new Mustang GT is a 5.0 but a new Mustang Boss is a 302?
Why is it not a Boss 5.0?

In this case I think it’s a tip of the hat to those respective models of yesteryear.

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