Toyota Supra Getting A Six-Speed Manual: Report
Toyota Supra to receive manual gearbox and limited-run GRMN model, rumored from Japan Mag X. The company would make annual improvements to the coupe as part of a strategy to maintain interest in the vehicle.
Toyota has reportedly noticed the number of people asking for a manual transmission. The desire was apparently enough to influence members of the development team, and they began to consider introducing a three-pedal setup on the Supra, according to Mag X.
Unfortunately, there are no details on when the manual might arrive. With Toyota already detailing the 2021 Supra, we don’t expect the new gearbox to be available until the 2022 model year at the earliest.
There is more information circulating on the Supra GRMN. The latest rumors about it suggest that the extreme performance coupe could win the twin-turbo inline six of the BMW M3 and M4. That could mean an output of around 510 hp (380 kW) if Toyota steps up to the Competition version of the pair.
However, BMW would not want to cede this engine to Toyota. That could mean a limited run of as little as 200 GRMN Supra. The sportier model would arrive in 2023.
Alternatively, there is a rumor that the Supra GRMN might pack a turbocharged straight-six with 395 hp (294 kW), instead of the stock 335 hp (250 kW). There would also be a lower weight thanks to the increased carbon fiber.
Interestingly, Supra chief engineer Tesuya Tada previously pointed out that the manual gearbox and extra horsepower is a matter of priorities. The team only had the bandwidth to work on one of them at a time.