Why This Supra Sounds Like A BMW

The MKIV Toyota Supra is a legend for its iron-block 3.0-liter 2JZ straight six, capable of surviving big turbo boost for even bigger power. But this Supra is different. No turbos, but instead velocity stacks on individual throttle bodies and a very BMW-esque roar.


This is Brendan Taft’s Supra, running an N/A 2JZ with ITBs. That’s the jargon-ey way of saying that it has a big Toyota straight six with a little intake for each cylinder.

It’s a car that’s making the rounds in the tuner car world because it’s so unusual to see a non-turbo 2JZ Supra build. I just saw it on ace photog Larry Chen’s Instagram, pointing out it will soon be a magazine car in Super Street.

I went around to the guy’s IG to find some more sweet, sweet intake noise and did indeed find it:

You get more on his YouTube. The car is meant for track driving, again somewhat unusual when most builds seem to be for straight line drag racing or drifting.

And here’s a highway flyby for more noise.

You just don’t see this sort of thing. Turbos are the norm. They make more power more easily, and they’re just the standard for the culture of 2JZs and Supras.


But big straight sixes with ITBs are the norm for a different, adjacent tuner culture: BMWs. BMW loves N/A straight sixes with ITBs, the most famous of which being the E46 M3's S54 that wails to 333 horsepower and redlines at eight grand.

Brendan’s car reportedly makes a clean 280 horsepower (as much as these Supras were supposed to make stock with twin turbos, under Japan’s gentleman’s agreement at least), and it wouldn’t have been hard to make more power with a big single turbo setup. But where’s the fun in doing that?

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.



ITB. square ratio. Steel block. na.  swoon.