The sun was brighter when it was Toyota The Supra was getting a manual transmission. The lack of a gearshift paddle left Toyota’s sporty Halo out of the way for many enthusiasts, and although it still great machineI always felt like something was missing. That changes today, as Toyota finally confirms that the manual Supra is real — for some buyers.
First, the good news. Toyota says it went to great lengths to design this transmission and make it play well with BMW’s inline-six 3.0-liter turbocharged. BMW doesn’t offer this engine with a manual, so Toyota had to start from scratch to make a manual Supra. This is just some of what the automaker had to do, From a Toyota press release:
The engineering team modified the existing transmission housing, driveshaft, and gear train and removed unwanted elements, such as the audio beam, which reduced weight. At the heart of the transmission is a newly designed large-diameter clutch with a reinforced diaphragm spring. With a larger friction area and stronger spring, this new component has high-performance power suitable for use with the high-torque GR Supra engine.
The newly developed six-speed manual gearbox also features a new software programmed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) that prioritizes sporty performance. When the gear is raised, the parameters are adjusted to optimize the engine torque at the moment the clutch is engaged and released; In lower gears, the software is tuned for consistent performance. iMT is set as default, but if the driver prefers it, it can be turned off in Sport mode.
To avoid slow take-off and the feeling of low acceleration, the final drive ratio has been shortened from 3.15 (in the automatic GR Supra) to 3.46 (in the GR Supra MT). The result is responsiveness and gears just right for sports car performance.
Ergonomics was a consideration too – making space for a guide in a car that wasn’t originally served with one could be a kind of bear. Back from Toyota:
Close attention was also paid to how the manual transmission was accommodated in the driver’s cockpit. The leverage ratio is specifically tuned to reduce the effort required to shift and engage reverse gear. While the weight and shape of the 200g gear knob has been precisely determined, along with the quality of the shift gear. Ergonomics was also our priority, with the console and drive mode selector positioning modified to provide 1.7 inches of clearance between the shift knob and control panel.
Toyota has not announced pricing for the manual Supra. That news will come this fall, shortly before the 2023 models hit showrooms.
Here’s the problem: This six-speed will not be offered on the 2.0-liter four-cylinder Supra in any capacity. Honestly, I don’t know if the manual could save that car; I don’t know if anything can save Supra the least when it is GR 86 and now The long-awaited Corolla GR Also present in the Toyota lineup. My colleague Steve thinks no one would bother buying a 2.0 Supra with evidence against these options, and he’s probably right.
For me, evidence of 3.0 makes the 2.0 Supra a worse proposition than it already was, a car He lives in the shadow of his older brother. It probably only exists as a base for mods, but how many 2.0 owners do 2JZ swaps anyway? I’m all for a cheap entryway to performance—especially for those skilled enough to make up the difference with compression—but the 2.0 is only about $8,000 less than the 3.0, which is Toyota’s flagship. It should be a sports car of all kinds.
Toyota will also offer a limited edition Supra manual called the A91-MT. Only 500 of these Supras will be built, with the required gearbox and in-house cognac exclusive to North America. No matter which model you order from the Supra, if you select your model with the stick shifter, you’ll get a red “Supra” badge on the back, so everyone knows you’ve bought the best Supra – and maybe twist the knife a little when someone is standing in a previous Supra. only automatic.