toyota s being coy about a manual supra just like everything about the car
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Toyota’s being coy about a manual Supra… just like everything about the car

Word has it that a manual’s actually been developed for right-hand drive markets, so prepare your kidneys for sale on the black market

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Dinesh Appavu

20 Sep 2018


Toyota just had its first shindig for motoring media to get behind the wheel of a pre-production new Supra, codenamed the A90. As expected, Toyota didn’t disappoint and the reviews have all been hitting the high notes about the sports coupe.

Nonetheless, some interesting news has been trickling out of the session in Spain about a possible manual transmission being offered. Toyota itself touts the Supra to be its “last present” to petrolheads but the early assumptions of not having three pedals was like getting together with that hot girl that didn’t want to put out.

Since the Supra will share a platform and much of the same hardware with the new BMW Z4 that’s only available with the eight-speed automatic, many just thought Toyota wouldn’t bother with a manual. Australia’s CarAdvice mentions that Masayuki Kai, the Supra’s assistant chief engineer, told the press that a manual has already been developed for right-hand drive markets.

Guess which side of the car we sit on?

“This is not yet finally decided (the introduction of a manual option) and depending on feedback from the market, we will decide if we should introduce a manual transmission. We have developed it, yes, there is hardware ready. Right-hand drive? Yes, of course. It needs to be sold in Japan, which is a right-hand drive market,” Kai was quoted as saying.

With more and more manufacturers of sports cars sending the manual the way of the dodo bird, Toyota is really earning itself a place in our wills by offering a manual transmission with the Supra.

However, given that two turbo engine options are available; an inline-four and inline-six, it might entirely possible that the manual could be for the smaller of the powerplants. We’ll still gladly swap our kidneys and maybe a liver as well on the black market for that because this is a guaranteed future-classic just like the last of the manual Lamborghini Gallardos.



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