- the toyota supra sports car may finally add a manual transmission, according to a report from japan.
- we don't know details about its powertrain, but we think the stick-shift could be offered with either the base four-cylinder engine or for an upcoming 500-plus-hp grmn variant.
- toyota is looking to introduce new special supra variants for future model years.
the revived toyota supra's specs fit nearly perfectly with the supra ideal: rear-wheel drive, inline-six engine, sports-car shape. but there's a caveat: it's only available with an automatic transmission. according to a rumor from japanese publication mag x, that may change soon. there's been a back-and-forth about the possibility of a manual-transmission supra since well before the car debuted, and it seems that things behind the scenes at toyota may finally be going in a good direction for three-pedal enthusiasts.
the idea is that toyota wants to find ways to continue to stimulate buyer interest in the supra, much as it did for 2021 by upping the six-cylinder car's output and adding a four-cylinder base engine. reportedly, next up on the docket are limited-production special supras including a high-performance grmn model and an available manual-transmission version. we can't say we're too shocked, given that toyota has told c/d in the past that manual-transmission supra prototypes exist and have been tested.
we can imagine a few different possibilities for a manual supra. the new 2021 supra 2.0 with its bmw-sourced four-cylinder is one option, as the related bmw z4 offers a six-speed manual transmission on certain four-cylinder models in europe. or, more compelling is the possibility of the supra grmn, which is rumored to be even more powerful than the 382-hp supra 3.0. one report out of japan's best car web states that the grmn could use the 500-plus-hp inline-six and dual-clutch automatic transmission from the upcoming bmw m3. but given that the new m3 will also offer a manual transmission, we can't help but wonder if that drivetrain combination could make its way into the supra as well.