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I have even more info (m) (archive)

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Posted by Asaf F. on June 16, 2000 at 09:28:50:

In Reply to: I have some info (m) posted by VJ on June 16, 2000 at 08:33:01:

Those are all valid points, but have you looked into how much a TT 2jz-gte engine swap from Toyomoto costs? Take a guess? Give up? ...$15K. Then add to that the cost of larger wheels & tires (gotta put that power to the pavement somehow) and a big-brake conversion kit. You're talking about a $35K car that needs $21 to $24K worth of work to get it to perform like you mentioned. Just buy a freakin used 1991-1994 911 Turbo and throw a few mods on it. It'll cost the same, outhandle, and outperform the IS-tt.

As for adding a turbo or supercharger to the normally aspirated 2jz-ge engine, it's not as simple as you may think. The compression ratios and lay-out and design between the 2jz-gte and the 2jz-ge engine are WAY different. Plus, your only option for turbo is to buy from Toyomoto, and their base kit costs $8K. The F-Max turbo kit blows (gaskets...har, har, har). The Swift-Racing supercharger kit is too new on the market to make any long-term observations, but it also costs upwards of $8K.

Frankly, I would have preffered that Lexus had brought the IS here as the 200 (like in Europe) and opposed to shoe-horning the 3.0 engine in there. The 200 has a perfect 50/50 weight balance (like the ///M3) and handles stunningly. If they brought the 200 here, Lexus could have kept the price sub-$30K. Add a supercharger, and for the same price as the 300, you would have had a much better car.

a.f.

: This tihng needs more power. theresrumors of a tuned version, similar to amg or M, L-tuned to put out 245hp with a 5 speed. This engine is the 2JZ-GE ,the same in the SC300 and the GS300. one can single turbo this engine or do what i guy i know in TX and a guy from toyomoto in florida did, transplant teh supra tt 2JZ-GTE engine and put on bigger turbos with a 6 speed, he currently lays down 419 RWHP....


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