(Updated February 2020) There is no arguing the potency of Toyota's turbocharged 3.0-liter 2JZ-GTE inline-6 engine. Its power potential is extreme and aftermarket support is strong. For this reason, the famed 2JZ motor has been swapped into more than just JDM platforms. Below you will find some of our favorite 2JZ swaps from previous builds featured on Super Street.
Our Favorite 2JZ Swaps
- GReddy/Scion Racing/Ken Gushi's Scion FR-S
- Westly Yacinthe's 1993 Mazda RX-7
- Ranz Motorsports' 1973 Mercedes 280C
- Kazama Auto's 2005 Lexus IS 250
- C&Y Sports' Nissan Fairlady Z
- Scott Kanemura's 1972 Toyota Hilux Pickup
- Chris Bishop's 1996 Infiniti Q45
- Rogue Status' 2008 Scion xB
- Steven Mills' 2004 Nissan 350Z
- E-Shift Performance's BMW 325i and M5
A car that needs little introduction, this was (is?) Ken Gushi's chariot for Formula D pro drifting. We shot the Rocket Bunny V2-kitted Scion after it debuted at the 2013 SEMA Show before it was dressed in a livery. The entire car was built by GReddy, which included the 3.4-liter 2JZ beast matched with a T88 turbo-perfect for high horsepower and drifting duties.
We couldn't do this list without having an FD or two in the mix. The cover car by Westly Yacinthe of Florida broke our necks with its powerful 2JZ swap - making 1,038hp, to be exact. And sporting classic Veilside styling, it's hard for us not to dig this sweet and sacrilegious RX-7.
This '70s classic stole the show at SEMA 2012 in the Nitto Tire booth. Built by Ranz Motorsports of Southern California, the ol' Benz drives completely like factory with no check engine lights. Inside, it also rocks a complete Lexus IS 250 interior with power seats and all. This 2JZ -powered car is pristine!
Kazama modified the engine compartment, floorboard, suspension and driveline to make its 2JZ run like butter. The electronic steering was ditched for a UCF30 rack out of the LS430 - not easy at all! When all was said and done, the widebody sedan (nicknamed IS-GT Concept) makes 600-plus horsepower and is still one of the baddest IS's to date.
The Nagoya-based shop C&Y Sports realized RB and SR swaps were getting played out in Japan for the Z32 chassis. So they stepped up the game, dropping in this built 3.1-liter 2JZ that runs two different setups - 550hp for the street and 700hp for the track with a larger turbo. Along with Mission aero, TE37s and Trust brakes, this might be one of the dopest Z32s in tuner history!
Scott Kanemura's Hilux is pretty badass, even though it's still under construction. The truck is floored to the ground thanks to a notched frame, custom rear suspension and new front suspension based on the Ford Mustang. The 2JZ received stronger rods and an HKS/Garrett turbo. It's still rusted and in a primer finish, but we think it adds to this pickup's rugged and a gangsta character.
Wait, this wasn't in Super Street! We decided to steal this from our friends at Import Tuner because it's a pretty sick build. The Q45 is straight up VIP murder status with its all-black look, custom Work wheels and stance. Under the hood, the owner ditched the V8 for a reliable 2JZ swap that makes a solid 449whp.
Not only is this xB rockin' the 2J swap, it's also converted to rear-wheel drive! Originally owned by one of the lead partners in DTA/Rogue Status, the widebody Scion was one-of-a-kind and put down a dependable 400whp on pump gas. We have legendary Papadakis Racing to thank for this wicked project.
One of the wilder Z33s we've featured, Steven Mills used the help of Tech2 Motorsports to complete his swap. The owner originally felt the factory VQ wasn't going to make enough power and offer the reliability that a 2JZ-GTE would. Sure enough, he built his ings+1-kitted 350Z to 700hp.
New Jersey's E-Shift Performance was already known for doing swaps on RX-7s and 240s but these two BMWs featured in the now-retired eurotuner mag caught our attention most. The E36 325i is a stealthy street car that makes 517whp on pump gas, but the E39 M5 is the most blasphemous project. Ditching an already buff 5.0-liter V8, E-Shift dropped in a 550whp 2JZ. The project wasn't received well by Euro purists, but E-Shift reaffirmed that the Toyota motor made the most reliable and affordable horsepower with the least amount of maintenance and headaches.