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The name Silvertop was given to the 4th generation of the 4A-GE engine.

It's not an official name given to it by Toyota, but Toyota enthusiast started to use it to identify it from the other 4A-GE variants. The reason why they gave it that name seems pretty obvious: The valve covers and protection plate are all silver colored. 


When the 4A-GE's with the 16V heads couldn't be improved upon any further, Toyota decided to design a completely new cylinder head, but this time with 20 valves. 5 Valves per cylinder (3 intake valves and 2 exhaust valves).

4A-GE 20V Silvertop engine

A Toyota 4A-GE 20V Silvertop engine.


This engine was introduced and used in the AE101 Sprinter and Corolla models for the Japanese domestic market to compete with the rivaling high revving Honda V-TEC engines.

To set it apart even more from the stiff competition, Toyota used 5 valves per cylinder and a intake system with individual throttle bodies to provide each cylinder with its own throttle valve. Something found more on race car engine than in a every day family car.

Toyota also used a very early form of its VVT (variable Valve Timing) system on the intake camshaft. With this system the intake camshaft could be rotated slightly to alter the overlap between the intake and exhaust valves.

And where the earlier variants of the 4A-GE were already pretty rev happy, the 20V engines trumped them there. The red area on the rev counter starts at a whopping 8000rpm! This, together with the ITB intake system made them real screamers with a really nice soundtrack and a very good throttle respons. 

  Engine code:





 +/- 155 hp @ 7400 rpm.


 162 Nm @ 5200 rpm.

  Number of cylinders:


  Cylinder capacity:


  Bore x stroke:

 81,0 x 77,0 mm.

  Compression ratio:


  Number of valves:


  Camshaft layout:

 DOHC with VVT on the intake camshaft

  Camshaft drive:

 Belt driven

  Camshaft duration:

 250º intake and exhaust

  Valve lift:

 7,97 mm. intake en 7,6 mm. exhaust

  Valve angle:


  Intake valve diameter:

 26,5 mm.

  Exhaust valve diameter:

 26 mm.

  Combustion chamber flow:


  Cylinder head material:

 Aluminum alloy

 Cylinder block material:

 Cast iron

  Cylinder block type:


  Diameter piston pins:

 20 mm.

  Diameter big-ends:

 42 mm.

  Throttle valve diameter:

 ITB's (Individual Throttle Bodies) with 43 mm openings  

  Fuel system:

 EFI (L-jettronic) 

  Injector capacity:

 295 cc/min. (2 Ohm, sidefeed)

  Fuel pump pressure:

 75 psi.

  Fuel rail pressure:

 35 tot 38 psi. 

  EFI sensor:

 AFM (Air Flow Meter)


 Electronic  (ESA/TCCS)



  Engine dry weight:

 About 135 kg. 


 VVT system on intake camshaft
 ITB's with velocity stacks