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The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History

Our favorite 2JZ-GTE engine swapped feature cars from the archives

Sam Du
Feb 24, 2020
Photographer: Super Street Archives

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(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

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.

002 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps GReddy FR S 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
003 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps FR S 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History

Westly Yacinthe's 1993 Mazda RX-7

004 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps RX 7 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
005 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps Yacinthe RX 7 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History

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.

Ranz Motorsports' 1973 Mercedes 280C

006 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps 280C 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
007 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps Ranz 280C 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History

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 Auto's 2005 Lexus IS 250

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.

008 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps IS GT Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
009 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps Kazama IS Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History

C&Y Sports' Nissan Fairlady Z

010 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps Fairlady Z 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
011 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps Z32 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History

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 1972 Toyota Hilux Pickup

012 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps Hilux 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
013 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps Kanemura Hilux 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street 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.

Chris Bishop's 1996 Infiniti Q45

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.

014 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps Q45 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
015 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps Infiniti Q45 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History

Rogue Status' 2008 Scion xB

016 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps xB 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
017 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps Rogue Status xB 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History

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.

Steven Mills' 2004 Nissan 350Z

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.

018 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps 350Z 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
019 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps Z33 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History

E-Shift Performance's BMW 325i and M5

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.

020 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps BMW 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
021 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps E Shift BMW 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History

2JZ-Swapped Honorable Mentions from the Recent Past

Zach Leitzke's 1,200HP 2000 Honda S2000
Shaan Shareef's 1996 Nissan Silvia from the U.K.
Matt Harrell's 800HP 1993 Mazda RX-7

022 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps Leizke S2000 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
023 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps S2000 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
024 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps Silvia 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
025 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps S13 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
026 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps FD3S 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
027 10 Favorite 2JZGTE Swaps FD 2 Photo 27/27   |   The 10 Coolest 2JZ Engine Swaps in Super Street History
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