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Is the Toyota Supra about to get a manual transmission?




Regardless of what the purist and long-term fan base of the Toyota Supra are saying about the latest model, the new Toyota/BMW Supra is a great car. Yes, in case you didn't know, the Japanese sports car share numerous parts with the BMW Z4. Of course, people are joking about it all the time, but at the end of the day, they're talking about it, and that's the only thing that matters. The only thing I can say is get over it because it is something many car manufacturers are doing, and it's been like that since the very beginning of the automobile industry. Car manufacturers are making alliances, and they share stuff. If it wasn't the case, a car like the Toyota Supra wouldn't be so affordable. 


There are two options when it comes to the new Toyota Supra Engine, starting with a turbocharged 2.0 liters 4-cylinder that produces 250 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque. Suppose it is more than enough to make it a good sports car even in its base form. However, if you want more horsepower, there's a second engine which is a turbocharged 3.0-liter six cylinders producing 382 horsepower and 369 foot-pounds torque. Things started to get serious here since you were able to achieve zero to 100 kilometers an hour in less than 4.4 seconds. Nevertheless, whatever option you choose, you're stuck with an 8-speeds automatic transmission. Don't get me wrong here; this transmission is very good, but it's no manual, and this is where things are getting a bit clunky for me here because you would expect to find a third pedal and a stick shift in a car like the new Toyota Supra.


Aftermarket Is Your Friend


I'm not the only one who thinks the Toyota Supra deserves a manual transmission. There are many companies out there that will be more than happy to convert your automatic Supra to a manual Supra for a substantial amount of money. The engineers created the Supra, knowing people would love to upgrade it. That is why the car has so many fake vents at the time of aftermarket parts available for it. However, the Japanese sports car was never intended to receive a manual transmission. I'm sure Toyota understands it's a big deal for car lovers, and this is why rumors about a manual transmission version of the Toyota supra-be are in the making.


So you had thoughts were simple, the idea behind offering an 8-speeds automatic transmission only was because it was faster. If you are a car enthusiast, you know that a car doesn't need to be fast to be fun to drive and lovable. That is why Toyota reportedly said the supra-get a brand new 6-speed manual transmission in 2022. I mean, this is a question of logic. If you look at every rival to the Toyota Supra like the Camaro, the Mustang, the Challenger, and even the new Nissan Z, they all have a manual transmission.


The only thing that is not clear yet is which engine could get the manual transmission. Unfortunately, it may be only available for the four cylinders, which makes sense when you think about it because the manual transmission doesn't have to be associated with speed, right? Of course, a 6-cylinder combined with the manual transmission would make a perfect car. But it is less likely to happen if you want my opinion. Anyways this is just me thinking this, and I will have to wait until Toyota finally unveils this manual transmission to know what's going on for sure.


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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