You probably thought you’d seen just about every 2JZ-swap imaginable.
You were wrong.
This Japan-based 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom was running fine, for the first 190,000 or so kilometres of its life, before its 6.7-litre V12 gave up and died.
So in October of 2016, after reportedly having been told by Rolls Royce Japan that he’d be waiting two years for a replacement motor, the owner took matters into his own hands.
A couple of months ago, the swap was finished. Enter the turbocharged AND supercharged 2JZ-powered Rolls Royce Phantom.
It came to be one of those fast-moving snippets of internet sensation after Speedhunters (and then a few others) began sharing images of the 2JZ-laden engine bay.
The best part? It’s making about 445kW while it’s being run-in, but the owner says he should be able to get 670kW out of the thing.
A 2JZ-powered Rolls Royce making more power than the original isn’t unbelievable, but the whole idea of it is technically unheard of – as in we haven’t heard of it before.
From what we’ve attempted to translate from the owner’s profile on a Japanese motoring-based social media site, he uses the Rolls as a chauffeur car – which would explain the mileage – though now it’s probably an entirely different experience.
Part of us is thinking it’s a bit blasphemous to have put a straight-six in a Rolls, but if the original motor is dead, what else was he going to do? LS the thing? That’d get everyone riled up…