Editor's Note: This story was originally published on February 26, 2019 at 3:35pm. It has since been updated with additional information as indicated below.
You may have seen the image above on social media recently. It's a digital rendering of a 2020 Toyota Supra, with a 2JZ-GTE engine—the legendary 3.0-liter straight-six from the 1993-1998 MkIV Supra Turbo—lurking under the hood. California tuner shop CXRacing and , with the caption claiming "2JZ-GTE Supra MK5 Swap Kits will be available for pre-order soon."
A wrote about the shop's hint at an upcoming 2JZ swap kit. We wanted to know more—about the image, and about what it promises.
For starters, the image isn't real. As , it's the work of Ted Li, a Taiwanese designer who goes by . In an Instagram direct message, Li told me CXRacing used his rendering without his permission. Li told me he just did the rendering for fun—so while his image makes it look like the 2JZ fits perfectly in the engine bay of the new Supra, it's not based on any real-world measurements.
I spoke with a CXRacing employee over the phone. He confirmed that, while the company hopes to offer a 2JZ swap kit for the new Supra in the future, the shop has not begun selling such a kit. More importantly, they have not yet gotten their hands on a 2020 Toyota Supra—which isn't set to arrive at dealerships until the middle of this year.
Update: After this article was first published, a CXRacing representative ed us, explaining that the shop has 3D-printed prototype parts to swap a 2JZ engine with T4 top-mount twin-turbo manifold and R154 six-speed manual transmission into the 2020 Supra. The representative explained that, while the shop does not currently have a physical MkV Supra in its possession, the prototype parts were designed around a high-resolution 3D scan of the vehicle.
CXRacing has , selling turbo equipment and other performance parts. The company offers , though nothing is currently listed for the 2020 Supra.
Of course, some enthusiasts will want a 2JZ in their new Supras, as a tribute to the car's heritage and because of that engine's ability to handle huge power gains. You can bet someone will attempt this swap, but as far as we can tell, such a kit doesn't exist at this time. With a few months to go before 2020 Supra production begins, stay skeptical of anyone promising parts for a car that isn't yet on sale.