The Toyota GR Supra is highly capable sports car but its lack of a manual gearbox option has many purists crying out for one to be made available.
It seems their cries have been heard and the wait is over. According to a report by BestCarWeb, Toyota is close to announcing a six-speed manual option for the GR Supra, with the manual model slated for launch later this year.
The 3.0-litre turbo in-line six cylinder version of the GR Supra is based on the BMW Z4 M40i which doesn’t come with a manual gearbox option. It’d be interesting to see how Toyota would adapt some kind of BMW manual transmission for the Supra.
Currently, the GR Supra exclusively uses a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with steering-mounted paddle shifters. With the new Nissan Z offering a six-speed manual option, Toyota feels the need to compete.
Power output from the BMW-sourced 3.0-litre turbo engine is expected to remain the same for the manual version at 285kW and 500Nm. In automatic guise, the GR Supra dashes to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds. Expect the manual version to be just a tad slower in the same accomplishment.
The report further reveals that a new ‘Matte White Edition’ will be introduced at the same time as the manual model introduction. As its name suggests, the special edition model will be draped in a matte white exterior paint work, complimented by a tan interior. It will be limited to just 50 examples.