Top 10 Toyota Engines
That Set the Standard!
The Mk IV Supra's 2JZ-GTE six-cylinder engine made it successful. The 2JZ's near-indestructibility has been proven on 2,000-hp applications for over two decades.
09. 1JZ-GTE Inline-Six
You're generally accurate about the 2JZ being Toyota's flagship engine. Third-generation Chasers, Soarers, and Mark IIs in Japan have a 2.5-liter BEAMS architecture, VVT-i, and a CT15B turbo.
The 4A-GE's 112 horsepower
are less important than its history. This fuel-injected, four-cylinder engine was based on Cosworth's BDA (Belt Drive, A Type) engines.
The 3S-GTE is the Supra's 2JZ-GTE
for MR2s and Celica All-Tracs. North Americans are most familiar with the second-generation Toyota 3S-GTE, which produces 260 hp.
4U-GSE / FA20 Flat-Four
The Toyota-Subaru boxer engine isn't the most powerful four-cylinder each firm has developed, but it doesn't make it less special. It's Toyota-Subie technology.
Despite never owning one, you may appreciate the LFA's 4.8L V-10 engine. The engine turns 9,000 rpm despite its enormous displacement. Titanium rods and forged pistons.
Don't compare the third-generation Supra's 7M-GTE to the 2JZ. The older engine may have inspired the Mk IV Supra's incredible powerplant, and for that it deserves praise.
Even though the 2ZZ doesn't
get as much aftermarket support as Honda's K20A Type R engine and isn't as powerful, the
Toyota engine is still a good one.
It's special that Toyota's twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter eight-cylinder LMGTP engine isn't for sale. The R36V, constructed of a carbon-fiber block, was limited-edition for Le Mans racers.
50 years ago, the straight-six that powered what many consider the first Japanese supercar was legendary. With this powertrain, Toyota strengthened its ties with Yamaha.
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