CXRacing, a California-based tuning company will soon be offering 2JZ engine swap packages for the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. But we’d advise you to hold your horses for now.
The fifth-generation Supra may not have fetched universal praise, admiration, and acclaim. But this news could probably make the whole idea of getting a 2020 Toyota GR Supra more appealing to a lot of old-school Toyota Supra enthusiasts. California-based CXRacing has announced through their social media pages that 2JZ engine swap packages will be made available shortly by the tuning house.
Let’s make a bunch of facts clear though. The image used by CXRacing on their Facebook page is a rendering made by Instagram user @flathat3d (Ted Li). Apparently, the tuning shop hasn’t got hold of a new-gen Toyota Supra yet. So its advisable to treat this post from them as the first announcement of their plan to cater to the needs of those 2020 Supra customers who’d like to pay tribute to the car’s heritage by installing a 2JZ at the front.
2JZ-GTE Supra MK5 Swap Kits will be available for pre-order soon. #takenotes TOYOTA | Image Credit: @FlatHat3D
What could make the engine swap a bit easier for CXRacing is that the 2020 Toyota GR Supra engine bay is large enough to accommodate the 2JZ. However, the tuning house hasn’t revealed the additional modifications which the engine swap project will need to ensure that everything works well after the heart transplant.
The 2JZ engine is a 30-year old unit which used to power the previous-generation Supra. While it could be termed as an outdated unit when compared to the modern 335 hp BMW engine that currently resides in the A90 Supra, the 2JZ has got an abundant number of loyal fans.
Belting out 276 hp in its JDM form and 325 hp in American and Euro-spec forms, the 2JZ is often regarded as one of the greatest sports cars engines of all time. The scalability which it offers in terms of tuning and dialing up power has always made it extremely popular with tuners worldwide.
We’re looking forward to seeing how the CXRacing 2JZ engine swap performs in the real world. It’ll be interesting to witness a 2JZ-powered A90 Supra being cut loose on an airstrip with a BMW-powered A90. It could probably help in giving closure to the never-ending arguments in social media groups and forums on Toyota’s decision to opt for a BMW engine to power the iconic sports car’s latest incarnation.