Not long ago we stumbled upon a project that stunned us with its interesting mix of creativity and power. Someone in Japan reportedly stuck a Toyota Supra 2JZ engine under the hood of a Rolls-Royce Phantom, replacing the Brit’s iconic V12 mill. While back then details were scarce, today we’re showing you an interview with the owner, in which we get to understand why he decided to go for such a solution for his power needs.
Apparently it all comes down to the man’s philosophy on cars and how he proceeds when something breaks or malfunctions. According to the man himself, he prefers to upgrade a part using aftermarket solutions whenever something like that happens and therefore, when the V12 engine of the Phantom broke down, he decided to change it with an aftermarket solution which has plenty of support among enthusiasts.
Therefore he arrived at the conclusion that going for a Supra 2JZ would be the perfect fit for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s a well balanced motor, being a straight six. Then there’s the tuning potential and support offered by various tuners out there to get the most out of it. Just how much? Well, judging by the specs listed in the video, around 700 HP. That’s a lot more than what the 6.75-liter V12 used to make in the car’s standard application.
To me it doesn’t seem like the perfect choice but then again, I imagine a Rolls-Royce engine would probably cost a small fortune so going with a price-sensitive choice like the 2JZ does make sense. In the end, if he’s happy with the end result – and he definitely seems that way during the interview – that’s all that matters.