The VG30DETT was first developed for the 1987 MID4-II and produced 330 PS (240 kW). It was the last of the four-valve, belt drive DOHC turbocharged engines into production, being preceded by the CA18DET and RB20DET.
The production 3.0 L (2,960 cc) VG30DETT produces 300 hp (224 kW) and 283 lb·ft (384 N·m) when mated with a five-speed manual transmission. When mated with the four-speed automatic transmission, it was rated at 280 hp (209 kW) and 283 lb·ft (384 N·m) of torque. It featured hybrid twin T22/TB02 turbochargers which were developed exclusively for Nissan  , twin intercoolers, and NVTCS (Nissan's Valve Timing Control System). The VG30DETT utilizes an iron block with aluminum heads. Domestic Japanese market cars claimed 280 PS (206 kW), as the Japanese automobile manufacturers were limited to that number. It is used in the following vehicles: