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This 2JZ-swapped Rolls Royce Phantom is bonkers

By Chris Thompson, 30 Aug 2017 News


What do you get when you cross British style with Japanese engineering?

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.

2jz Phantom engine swapFrom 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…

Images: Loch Shot Bach and (owner) Abe Neno