Toyota to launch manual version of the Supra

Toyota will add a manual version to the Supra line up later this year

Reuben Van Niekerk
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Since the first generation was launched in 1978 the Toyota Supra has attracted driving enthusiasts thanks to its six-cylinder engine mounted up front in conjunction with a rear-wheel-drive layout.

 

The latest generation Supra is available as a race-specific GR Supra GT4 that makes it a popular model for both road and track use.

 

Driven by strong customer demand Toyota has announced that they will add a manual gearbox derivative to the Supra range. The manual transmission has been developed for the 3.0 models in order to complement the Supra’s high-output engine and supremely capable chassis.

 

All GR Supra models have also been treated to enhanced handling performance and ride comfort thanks to improved steering and suspension.

 

Adaptive Variable Suspension control and retuned shock absorbers improve roll balance and ride comfort while modified stabiliser bushings improve initial steering response.

 

The newly developed six-speed manual transmission features a spherical, weighted shift knob that is easy to grip and operate from any direction. The transmission is paired with an iMT system for optimal computer-controlled engine speed matched to the driver’s clutch and shifting operations as well as for automatic throttle blipping when shifting. The final drive ration has also been revised to tailor performance in line with the manual gearbox.

 

New wheels

Newly designed 19-inch forged aluminium wheels feature revised spoke and cross-sectional shapes for increased rigidity and lighter weight, with a saving of 1.2kg per wheel. The wheels are similar in design to those fitted to sister performance models like the GR Yaris and GR86. The wheels are finished in Premium Titanium Dark Silver that further adds to the motorsport look and feel.

 

Improved specification

Interior sound quality has been improved thanks to optimal sound tuning of the JBL Premium Sound System.

 

Local availability

The revised Supra model line-up, which includes the Automatic, and manual 3.0T variants, will debut at the Festival of Motoring, taking place at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in August 2022. Dealer order books will open in May, with delivery expected in the third quarter of this year.

 

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