2ZZ Engine Swap / MT Conversion – MR2 Spyder SMT

Toyota’s SMT transmission gets unreliable as it ages and repairs can be complicated and expensive. Performance is also not exciting. Add to that the fact that the early 1ZZ engines are now notorious for piston ring failure and oil consumption, especially in the MR2-S. The solution is here! Upgrade to the more robust 2ZZ-GE engine and 6-speed close ratio manual transmission found in the Lotus Elise/Exige and Celica/Matrix/Corolla sport models. Better durability, more simplicity, sportier manual shifting, clean OEM-like install and a 50+ horsepower boost makes this swap a no-brainer!

Our most popular install package:

  • 2ZZ-GE engine, low mile, fully inspected, new lift bolts
  • 6-speed close ratio transmission, fully rebuilt and inspected
  • MWR SMT Swap kit consisting of NEW Toyota OEM parts (shifter, cables, hydraulic system, etc)
  • Toyota OEM engine computer, MWR swap wiring kit
  • MWR 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, new flywheel bolts
  • TRD “Grippy” 6-speed shift knob
  • MWR shifter cable bushings
  • NGK Iridium spark plugs
  • Expert install labor
  • Synthetic engine oil, synthetic gear oil
  • Includes deduction for trade in of your old engine, transmission, SMT parts in any rebuildable condition

$14995 plus tax!

$12495 for engine swap only, reuse your old 5- or 6-speed transmission but convert it to manual operation (the gear ratios are less sporty and your transmission must be in good shape internally to be reused)


  • Limited slip differential (TRD Helical LSD)  ($995)
  • Upgraded muffler (2 1/2″) with single ($835) or dual ($1025) tips
  • Apexi Power FC programmable computer with commander ($1295) and custom dyno tune (+$379)
  • Stage 2 MWR camshafts and MWR valve springs ($1499)
  • MWR Supercharger kit (240+ hp) (includes uprated stage 1 clutch, fuel injectors, Power FC,  MP62 supercharger kit, dyno tuning, install labor) ($5195)