In this case, what happens in Vegas shouldn't stay in Vegas.
If there’s one thing we can absolutely confirm about the new Toyota Supra, it’s this: it’ll be a favorite amongst the aftermarket tuning community. One California-based tuning shop has already confirmed it’ll soon offer Supra owners a 2JZ-GTE engine swap. The 2JZ-GTE inline-six engine, built from 1991 until 2002, powered the legendary fourth-generation Supra. It also incorporated twin turbochargers.
It is interesting that some owners will spend money to remove the new turbocharged inline-six with the over two-decade-old 2JZ. Does Toyota have a problem with that? Nope. In fact, the Supra’s chief test driver, Tada-san, told us at Geneva he’s thrilled with what tuners plan to do.
"We do have a lot of voices from US Supra fans that already have a 1,000 hp engine and are still waiting for the actual product to come to market,” he said. "Some tuners have already said they have the 2JZ engine ready for the new Supra. That means we can expect to see such tuned and modified versions of Supra coming from these places. And we also have activities to support these tuners. It’s really welcomed what they’re doing.”
This November is the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, the go-to place for not only tuners but also for OEMs.
Toyota has been a major presence at the event for the past few years and 2019 will be no different. Not surprisingly, the automaker is planning something Supra related. "We are also ready for SEMA. Something for Supra,” Tada-san added with a proud smile. Tada-san, like Toyota in general, is anxious to see what these tuners have planned for its new pure sports car. Not all Supra buyers have a desire for an engine swap, but they certainly want to enhance the new turbo six beyond its 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque.
We’ll see what Toyota and others have planned for the first round of tuned Supras later this year.