Code Red: There Is A Manual 2020 Supra
Toyota refuses to make a manual Supra, so fans have made the transmission the sticking point of the Supra. However, there's still hope. Hope in the form of the European Auto Group. These guys have a knack for making incredible auto-to-manual conversions. They've produced Ferrari 458 manuals, gated manual 430's, etc. But lately, they've been checking out the 2020 Supra.
In an exclusive interview with 'Carbuzz', European Auto Group's owner spilled the news that the manual Supra was in progress and that they're taking orders right now.
But, EAG's owner also gave more info: to get the swap, you'll have to give up $12,000, as well as your Supra, for a time span of 30-40 days. For a $6,000 downpayment, EAG promises that this won't be a jerry-rigged system designed by some hair-brained scientist named William Storey, instead, it'll be a BMW sourced gearbox, and one designed for the Supra's engine so that everything is reliable and runs smoothly. Although, it'd better run smoothly, as the swap voids the warranty completely and thoroughly.
EAG offers a power boost and aero upgrade alongside the manual box as an option, which boasts anywhere from 420-430 hp, while the new aero features extra carbon all over, as well as a body kit.
EAG aims to make the shifter akin to the one in the Toyota GR HV Concept, with a flip-up top on the shifter, only with a sport button underneath the cover, rather than a start/stop button.
This is proof of a brighter future for the manual gearbox. As manufacturers phase it out, it'll never really die. There will always be a small brand that makes manual versions of mainstream cars. Perhaps the death of the mainstream stick shift will bring these brands into the spotlight, or perhaps it will become a novelty item, and create a greater appreciation for the once-common form of shifting gears. Either way, there's one thing for sure: this is merely a new chapter for the manual. Certainly not the end of the book.