Toyota has worked on a manual for the Supra, but it didn’t make it to production
A Japanese publication is saying that could change soon
Current Supra uses an 8-speed automatic
Some cars just need a manual gearbox, and the current Toyota Supra is one of those cars. Introduced 18 months ago, the new Supra has proven to be a worthy performance coupe, although the unmistakable link with BMW has bothered some.
The 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder that delivers 335 horsepower is sourced from BMW as is the 8-speed automatic. The latter is quick and very well adapted to the powertrain, but a manual gearbox would add even more sportiness to the Supra’s driving experience. Now, Japanese publication Mag X is saying it could happen sooner rather than later.
No word on where this new manual gearbox will come from and Toyota hasn’t confirmed the news. Toyota could dig in the BMW parts bin again for the Supra’s do-it-yourself shifter, and come out with one of the best six-speed manuals on the market. BMW manual transmissions are short, slick, and perfectly adapted to a sports car.
Regardless of where Toyota sources a manual for the Supra, we really think they need to do this. With the Corvette and BMW Z4 no longer offered with a manual, the Supra would be one of the only performance models in this price range with the option.
We’re sure it would be the last little nudge needed to convince some buyers on the fence about the new Toyota Supra.
Source: Mag X