The Toyota GR Supra gets a manual transmission for 2022 Car News

The Toyota GR Supra sports car is finally available with a manual gearbox, three years after its launch.

The new six-speed manual transmission will be offered in conjunction with the 335-hp 3.0-litre straight-six engine fitted to the taller Supra. Toyota says it was designed specifically for this powertrain. This does mean, however, that the Supra’s other engine – the 254bhp 2.0-litre flat-four, will not be available with the manual transmission.

As with the smaller Toyota GR Yaris, the gearbox is fitted with an Intelligent Manual Transmission (IMT) mode, which uses an “intelligent control system” to “prioritize sporty performance”. It indicates that, when upshifting, the gearbox has been tuned to optimize engine torque when engaging and releasing the clutch. Toyota adds that IMT is set by default but can be disabled in Sport mode.

On top of that, the firm says it designed the gearbox to avoid sluggish take-off, with the final drive ratio shortened from the automatic car’s 3.15 to 3.46. Toyota claims the result is “response and gearing appropriate for sports car performance.” The new transmission also reduces the overall weight of the car by almost 40 kg.

Additionally, Toyota has refreshed the rest of the Supra range and all models get retuned suspension, with stiffer vulcanised rubber in the front and rear anti-roll bar bushings and retuned shock absorbers.

And to accommodate the new gear lever, the center console has been slightly redesigned, with additional space created between the gear lever and the climate control unit.

UK pricing and a specific release date will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-28 09:01:00

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