2ZZ Engine Swap Install – MR2 Spyder Manual

The early 1ZZ engines are now notorious for piston ring failure and oil consumption, especially in the MR2-S. The most popular fix is upgrading to the more robust 2ZZ-GE engine (and optionally 6-speed transmission) found in the Lotus Elise/Exige and Celica/Matrix/Corolla sport models. Better durability, clean OEM-like install and a 50+ horsepower boost makes this swap a no-brainer!

Our most popular install:

  • 2ZZ-GE engine, low mile used, fully inspected, new lift bolts
  • Appx 190hp
  • 6-speed transmission, low mile, fully inspected
  • Toyota OEM engine computer, MWR swap PNP wiring kit
  • PPE long tube header and high flow cat (bolts to your current muffler)
  • MWR cold air intake with K&N filter
  • MWR swap parts including engine mount, dipstick tube, etc
  • New Exedy clutch, fresh machined flywheel, ARP flywheel bolts
  • TRD “Grippy” 6-speed shift knob
  • Speed source shifter bushings
  • NGK Iridium spark plugs
  • Expert install labor
  • Synthetic engine oil, synthetic gear oil, K&N oil filter
  • Deduction for trade in of your old engine and transmission in any rebuildable condition
  • Sales tax included

$6995 out the door!

$5950 for engine swap only, reuse your 5-speed transmission


  • Limited slip differential (TRD Helical LSD)  ($950)
  • Substitute freshly rebuilt 2ZZ engine rather than standard low mile used unit ($1799)
  • Upgraded muffler (2 1/2″) with single ($649) or dual ($799) tips
  • Apexi Power FC programmable computer with commander ($899) and custom dyno tune ($275)
  • Stage 2 MWR camshafts and MWR valve springs ($1225)
  • More elaborate engine builds, supercharger, turbo; you name it we’ll build it!

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