Toyota Supra to come with stick-shifting manual
Toyota Australia has confirmed that the Supra will be available with a stick shifter for the first time in this generation.
Toyota has confirmed rumours that its new Supra will soon be getting a manual transmission option. For the last few years on sale, the model has come exclusively with an automatic transmission – and it will be coming to Australia.
Launched in 2019, the automatic has been the only transmission although enthusiasts longed for a manual. Details are thin although it will likely be a six=speed unit and Toyota has also teased a red badge Supra on social media.
An accompanying blog post on Toyota’s website features an image of a footwell containing a trio of pedals and also confirms that the new red badge will be used to signify the manual versions of the car. The blog post says that: “The Toyota GR Supra Manual Transmission has been engineered to offer enthusiasts something that is closer to the Gazoo Racing DNA and will enhance the driving experience.”
We already know that manual versions of the Toyota Supra were developed alongside the automatic cars so fans have long been clamouring for them to hit the market. What we don’t yet know is if the four- and six-cylinder BMW engines offered in the Supra will both get a manual option or if it will be restricted to a single engine.
It’s also unclear whether Toyota and its Gazoo Racing performance arm plan any chassis changes for the manual Supras that would further enhance the intended more engaging driving experience. The Supra’s BMW Z4 sister car is only available as an automatic.
There is still no word on the other big rumour surrounding the Toyota Supra, that of a possible Toyota Supra GRMN high performance variant. Such a car could up the power of the Supra’s range-topping 3.0-litre straight-six from the existing 240kW and incorporate a more aggressive suspension and steering setup.