Despite some reservations, we're generally pretty excited for the new fifth-gen Toyota Supra. The coupe was co-developed with BMW, sharing much with the new 2019 BMW Z4 convertible, including a powertrain. You can compare the specs on the pair right here. The Supra's engine may not be made by Toyota, but, like past Supras, all six cylinders are arranged in a row. The new engine is powerful and sure to be as smooth as butter, but it's always going to live in the shadow of the venerable 2JZ-GTE from the fourth-gen Supra. To help blend old a new, D1 Grand Prix drift champion Daigo Saito's new 2020 Supra drift car is powered by an old Toyota 2JZ.
Let's not act surprised by an aftermarket kit to put a 2JZ engine into the 2020 Toyota Supra. The new Supra's chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, already advised anyone planning such a swap to "please buy the four-cylinder. It will be cheaper." What's surprising is that the kit is being advertised before the Supra's even gone on sale, and it's coming from CX Racing. The tuning firm offers a long list of equipment, but it might be most known for selling turbochargers and plumbing on eBay.
The company might also have been surprised by response to the 2JZ swap kit announcement. When CX Racing posted a render of a blue Supra with a blue-hued 2JZ dropped perfectly in the forward bay, naysayers streamed down from the hills. The primary gripe was that the B58, an engine only in production since 2015, hasn't been tuned to its limits, so why "swap in a heavier less efficient engine for the sake of nostalgia?" No one knew the B58 had so many defenders. We won't get the four-cylinder Supra in the U.S., so swaps will put more B58s on the market for those who covet their potential.