Ownership Verified: Trifecta complete: 1988 Toyota MR2 with 2004 Celica GT-S engine/transmission swap

Redliner

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Yeah, more about the balance i assume? so.. bigger engine would ruin that, no?
Most likely, yes.
Although this guy clearly disagrees:

He doesn't seem too concerned about balance. :lol:
 

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Well, that looks like a stock 3S-GTE iron block, though everything else is probably beefed up. That generation was always a bit unbalanced with a bigass iron block behind the driver; it ended up more of a grand tourer than either the Mk1 or Mk3.
 

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In terms of engine reliability, I wouldn't put any Volvo engine in the top five, I don't think. It goes Toyota, Honda, and then a toss-up between a few diesels and Chevy/Ford V8s.
 

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Well, that looks like a stock 3S-GTE iron block, though everything else is probably beefed up. That generation was always a bit unbalanced with a bigass iron block behind the driver; it ended up more of a grand tourer than either the Mk1 or Mk3.
The one in the video has a K20 in it.
Heresy, I know.
 

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The AW11 MR2 has never been a car I'd call pretty, at least it's never was pretty in my eyes, but recently, I had a change of mind. If I had to pick a car that showcases 80's design the best, amongst some high-end Italian supercars, this would be it. It just looks so quirky, characterful, and actually pretty damn good. I still don't think it looks pretty in a conventional way, but they have definitely grown on me. Especially if they have 80's graphics or two-tone paint schemes.

I bet with a 2ZZ-GE engine it turns out to be quite a blast, especially since the engine was chosen by Lotus for the Elise S2 as well (which indeed makes your car a self-built Elise in a way). Sad to see it go, but then, if you need the funds for a V12 XJS, I understand it.
 

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It sure was a blast, and that chassis/drivetrain combo was utter heaven. It's gonna be a while before I plump for that XJS; not being John Prescott (or, for that matter, this forum's own Spectre), I'm not quite at the two Jags part of my life yet.
 
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