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SS Battle 6: 2JZ-Swapped 1993 Mazda RX-7 vs. 1996 Nissan Silvia S14

Two stellar chassis, one incredible power plant - which swap makes more sense?

May 11, 2020
Photographers: Chad Burdette, Tom Gidden

1993 Mazda RX-7

Originally intended for his S-chassis project, the built 2JZ-GTE that powers this 1993 Mazda RX-7 was deemed just "too nice" by its owner, Matt Harrell. The search for a suitable (and decently priced) JZA80 Supra seemed to be hopeless, but at the suggestion of a friend Matt chased down an RX-7 that had begun as an extensive, custom widebody build but stopped over five years prior as it sat lifeless behind a body shop.

Matt Harrell 93 RX7 2JZ Swap Photo 10/10   |   SS Battle 6: 2JZ-Swapped 1993 Mazda RX-7 vs. 1996 Nissan Silvia S14

Fresh Mercedes silver sprayed over authentic C-West aero, fitted with 18-inch HRE wheels took care of the bark, while the bite was backed up with over 800 2JZ-bred horsepower. Using a 370Z transmission and a massive list of high-quality aftermarket goods, this is one of the best examples of a cross-platform swap we've ever featured. Get the full story here.

More 2JZ-GTE Info and Features:
Everything you need to know about the 2JZ
Top 10 coolest 2JZ swaps in SS history

1996 Nissan Silvia

Shaan Shareef 96 S14 D Max Style Hood Photo 10/10   |   SS Battle 6: 2JZ-Swapped 1993 Mazda RX-7 vs. 1996 Nissan Silvia S14

The U.S. and Japan take the lion's share of the automotive aftermarket spotlight but that's not to say there aren't some incredible builds in other parts of the world, like this 1996 Nissan Silvia S14, for example. Built and bred in the U.K., its sole purpose is drift competition, but it relies on cross-platform bits both inside and out.

Shaan Shareef 96 S14 2JZ Swap Photo 10/10   |   SS Battle 6: 2JZ-Swapped 1993 Mazda RX-7 vs. 1996 Nissan Silvia S14

This 3.0L VVTI swap was kept simple and reliable for drift abuse it was intended to push through and with a BorgWarner 8374, it weighs in at a little over 400hp, also transferred through a 350Z trans like the RX-7 above. Beyond the Toyota heart and Z-car trans, the look of the coupe was updated with Rocket Bunny over-fenders intended for a Toyota 86 that help cover 265/35 Achilles ATR Sport tires in the rear, wrapped around SSR Professor SP3. The all-business approach does away with headlights and allows ease of intercooler plumbing as a result. It's the sort of no-nonsense approach any track savvy enthusiast would drool over. See the full story right here.

So, which 2JZ-GTE powered, cross-platform swap makes more sense: RX7 or Silvia? Visit our Instagram page to let us know!

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