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Old 10-19-2012, 05:28 AM   #55
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Originally Posted by 7to3_enthusiast View Post
Aside from not bottlenecking at 1000rwhp, how else is the 2JZ better?
This is still a valid question. From looking at what is been done, it certainly seems that getting big HP numbers is far easier with the 2JZ rather than the S54. Does that make the 2JZ "better"? I dont know.

I ask the question from guys that have owned and driven both: What do you think? Is the absence of a VANOS a plus or a minus on the 2JZ as far as drivability goes? Lets avoid the reliability factor of the VANOS for a second.

How does a turbo 2JZ in an E46 M3 do on an HPDE course as far as driva bility goes...throttle response, ease of exiting corners, over all power delivery characteristics? Is the 2JZ mostly only good for drags and highway roll ons?

Or does the absence of a VANOS make no difference and the 2JZ shines as an all around capable FI motor?
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