World’s First 2JZ-Swapped 2020 Toyota GR Supra A90 Is A Reality

It was only a matter of time before someone swapped the new Supra’s BMW engine with the legendary 2JZ unit from the Supra A80.

Last month, a California-based company announced it would start offering 2JZ engine swap packages for the fifth-gen Supra. As it turns out, someone stole their thunder.

That someone is Daigo Saito, the famous Japanese drifter known for his spectacular drift cars that included a Ferrari 599 GTB not that long ago. Well, the time has come for Saito to build a new drift car and he chose the all-new Supra A90 as a starting point.

Details are scarce for the moment but the photos he uploaded on social media reveal some massive changes to the Supra — as you would expect from a drift car. For example, the car features an additional rear-mounted radiator for extra cooling capacity.

The 2JZ-GTE twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six engine is in 800 hp specification which should give Saito plenty of momentum to sustain some long drifts. As you can see, there are still some things left to be done to the car, such as fitting some wheel arch extensions to cover the wider tires.

Remarkably, turning the Supra A90 road car into a 2JZ-powered drift machine took just 42 days, including development.

Saito says he chose the new Supra as a basis for his new drift car because the A90 has a short wheelbase and compact body, making it easy to control during drifting. Plus, it offers low running costs. Why the switch to the 2JZ, though?

Saito doesn’t say but it’s pretty clear that the new Supra’s BMW-sourced B58 engine is too new for aftermarket companies to develop performance spec parts yet. Thus, swapping the stock motor for a 2JZ was a logical thing to do, especially since Saito has raced 2JZ-powered drift cars in the past.

The 2JZ-powered Supra A90 drift car will make its first public appearance on March 23 in Tokyo at the D1 Grand Prix All-Star Shoot Out.

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  • Evo45

    2JZ swaps will be a common thing for this it seems, but I wonder if someone would do a RB25/26/VR35DETT swap. Because why not?

    • Jason Miller

      *VR38 😉

      • Evo45

        My bad, fixed.

    • Randy Terpstra

      Because, tuners are turning the A80 into a Toyota, not a Nissan.

      • Evo45

        So LS swapped RX-7’s turns into Chevrolet? That doesn’t make sense at all.

    • Ken Lyns

      Or LS swap because GM sells a turnkey “E-rod” crate powertrain that’s easy to integrate. A lot of things are possible when the car doesn’t have to be emissions-legal.

  • Chung

    Big respect these guys.
    Automakers should respect these people and stop ruining their legend and history.

  • Blade t

    Wow, that’s fast..

  • Six_Tymes

    and why didn’t Toyota just reproduce the 2JZ engine?

    • Matt

      Because it’s an old design that doesn’t meet any emissions regulations.

      • SteersUright

        Wouldn’t you think, though, a company with Toyota’s resources surely could’ve figured it out though?

        • Matt

          Why bother? You’d have to redesign the entire engine and basically start again. It’s too heavy and the technology is old. Every iconic engine gets retired eventually for the same reasons: Nissan’s RB26, Alfa’s Busso V6, Porsche’s Mezger etc.

          You physically can’t make the 2JZ meet any modern standards unless you choke the hell out of it with after-treatment systems or start again.

          And yes Toyota has huge resources but they’re smart with their investments, which is why they are sharing costs with BMW on the Supra.

  • Alberto Barrales

    I simply don’t understand the fascination for this monstrosity. Go spend that money on a real MK4 and dump that money into it.

  • FlameWater

    congratulations on your pointless accomplishment

    • Bo Hanan

      He did it for a handful of “ricer’s” who see him as a God.

  • SteersUright

    Now thats a proper Supra! Remove the graphics, keep the wide body, and this is so much better proportioned.

  • eb110americana

    They couldn’t make it any uglier than it already was. This one went full circle and is coming back around again from the other direction.

  • Maisch

    Theres alot of engine swap talk around the new supra, I dont get it, its the absolutely smallest issue. BMW turbo sixes have a strong following and tuning community, its not like its a 116hp n/a engine in there. But no manual gearbox and the looks of it is a bigger issue in my opinion, and weight.

    • Benjamin B.

      BMW will offer the Z4 with a 6-speed ZF manual, in Europe at least.

      • Alex87f

        But not with the 6-pot.

  • Alex87f

    I do wonder though.. where do all these 2JZ’s come from? Aren’t we going to run out of cheap Aristos- & Soarers-sourced units at some point?

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