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The Toyota Supra Won't Get a Manual Transmission

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Ever since Toyota unveiled the new Supra, one question has been on our minds: Will it eventually get a manual transmission? Currently, the car is available with just one powertrain: A BMW-sourced 3.0-liter straight-six sending 335 horsepower to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic. Judging by this latest bit of news, The chances of a stick shift Supra happening are looking grim.

In an interview with Autoblog, Toyota Supra chief engineer Tetsuya Tada confirmed the Supra will not be getting a manual transmission. "Customers who want a manual should choose the Toyota 86," he said.

This jives with what Tada told us at the Detroit Auto Show when the car was revealed, showing Toyota doesn't want to take sales of the 86, which offers a manual, away by offering a manual version of the Supra. Previously, both Tada and assistant chief engineer Masayuki Kai have told us that demand is the main factor in whether the Supra would ultimately receive a third pedal. It seems not enough people are asking for a stick, so Toyota won't build one.

But it's not all bad news. Tada also told Autoblog there will be more capable variants of the Supra released in the near future. "With a sports car, the promise is to offer more performance with each additional version," he said.

The BMW Z4, which shares an architecture with the Supra, uses a more powerful 382-horsepower version of the Supra's B58 engine. It wouldn't be ludicrous to predict that this tune of the engine could find its way into the Supra at some point.

https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/a28675657/toyota-supra-no-manual/
 

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