The performance of the engine strongly depends on the parameters of the combustion process. In compression ignition engines, the fuel injection timing has a significant influence on this process. The moment of its occurrence and its duration should be chosen so that the maximum pressure value occurs several degrees after TDC. In order to analyze the effect of the fuel injection timing on the performance of the tested two-stroke opposed-piston diesel engine, a zero-dimensional model was developed in the AVL BOOST program. Next, a series of simulations were performed based on the defined calculation points for maximum continuous power, which resulted in power, specific fuel consumption and mean in-cylinder pressure. Finally, the engine map was made as a function of the start of combustion angle.