German Confounds Us With Pontiac LeSupra

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The immediate reaction to this article sent to us by The Bouncer was an indignant cry of 'blasphemy!' What you see above is no ordinary 1972 Pontiac LeMans, indeed this dark horse has a dirty little secret. Tucked away under that sleek hood there lies no V8 engine, not even a V6, in fact, the engine wasn't even born in Detroit. It was plucked from none other than a Toyota Supra.


Under that familiar Pontiac skin which gave rise to the legendary Judge GTO's, rests a heart from the land of the rising sun, a 1991 Toyota Supra 7M-GTE 3.0 litre 24V turbo. The story goes that the car came to the builder as a basket case from an auction. Our hero/villain Ralf Becker decided it needed a new heart and a buddy helped him dig up the Toyota engine. That was apparently not without it's faults either, as valves and pistons had to be replaced (valve pics on Autobild are pretty beaten). The final piece of the pie, which seems to still be in the ironing out phase, is the addition of a great big turbocharger to really spice things up. We don't know if we can endorse this kind of madness, but the build is unique and will probably be pretty quick when all is said and done. That said, we're going to keep an eye on these guys, you never know what kind of shenanigans those Germans are getting into. [via (translated - poorly)]

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Frank Grimes

Anybody know the weight of an LSX Vs. A 2JZ with all that turbo crap and intercooler and other junk?

I have a suspicion it isn't much lighter but it may have better setback. Wouldn't a 2JZ cost more than a LSX? I don't know off hand what kind of Torque the 2JZ throws down but I would think the LSX would have it beat and moving 3500lbs of A-Body you need the torque!

Oh wait thats not even a 2JZ. I love the 2JZ those things make tons of power. But why put it in a A-Body?