Most Rolls-Royce Phantom owners would simply get a new car if the full-size luxury sedan’s 6.75-liter V12 engine conked out on them, but thankfully not all wealthy people are quite so predictable.
Speedhunters recently met up with a Rolls-Royce Phantom owner who swapped a Toyota 2JZ inline-six into his Phantom after the V12 it came with bit the dust. Rolls-Royce apparently told him there was a two-year waiting list to replace the V12, so he decided to take matters into his own hands in order to get his beloved Roller back on the road.
He didn’t just swap any old 2JZ into the Phantom, though. Complete with a Trust T78 turbo and an HKS GT8555 supercharger, the inline-six runs 23.5 psi of boost and makes about 600 horsepower. Once the engine has been properly tuned, however, the owner estimates it should run about 29.4 psi and make closer to 900 horsepower. The transmission is a four-speed automatic plucked from a Toyota Aristo.
To help cope with the added power, the Phantom’s floaty air suspension was replaced with a sportier setup with Ohlins dampers. The exterior follows the same tuner ethos with an aftermarket lip kit with rubber canards. Some interior modifications were required as well including a boost gauge, digital tach and the automatic gear selector from an Aristo.
Nearly every Rolls-Royce is ordered with bespoke options, but we doubt there’s very many Phantoms out there that are as eccentric as this. Love or hate this build, you have to appreciate the individuality on display here.
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