Most engine swaps we’ve done involve taking an old car or a fairly used vehicle, then doing a heart transplant with a more powerful motor. But this one is different – a brand new Toyota GR86 with a 2JZ engine, courtesy of Limelight Larry Chan On YouTube
So how new was this Toyota GR86? Well, it was only four miles from the factory. According to the owner, Jeff Woodruff, he had a hard time finding the right GR86 for his new project. After finding one, he specifically instructed dealers not to drive the car around. In fact, when he picked up the vehicle, there were no holes for the license plate.
After taking the GR86 home, Woodruff immediately swapped its 2.4-liter boxer engine from a Lexus IS 300 sedan with a 2JZ-GE engine. He didn’t drive the car around or drink coffee, which is pretty cool if you ask us.
The 2JZ-GE engine is pretty much stock and Woodruff had no trouble fitting it inside the engine bay. The transmission required some adjustment but he said there was plenty of wiggle room. Talking about the transmission, it is using a Toyota W series manual gearbox from the Mark IV Supra.
As for engine power, Woodruff said the 2JZ is sending 500 horses to the wheels using pump gas.
While this may be the first GR86 with a 2JZ engine in North America, it is not the first in the world. In fact, Woodruff admits he was inspired by Daigo Saito, who built two drift cars with the same setup in Japan. Both Saito builds come with Tra-Kyoto’s Pandem aero kits, which Woodruff also took inspiration from for his build.