Toyota has tested a manual gearbox in the new Supra – and it could go on sale

Toyota's chief engineer says "we could introduce it"

1y ago

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The Chief Engineer for the new Toyota Supra, Tetsuya Tada, has told DriveTribe that he hasn't ruled out a manual gearbox for the new sports car – and that one has been tested.

Speaking at the European launch for the Supra, he laid out his thoughts on the automatic-versus-manual debate.

"I’ve been asked this 100 million times across the world," he admits. "There is a website that polls what you want in new Supra, and manual transmission is always high on the list. I get a notification when people vote for it!"

But it sounds like Toyota is listening. "We’ve considered it and things have been tested," he admits.

"People should give the automatic gearbox a try," he continues. "But come to it with an open mind. If having driven it people still want a manual, then of course as with normal sports cars there’ll be yearly updates – and we could introduce it."

So there you have it. Toyota's tested a manual gearbox in the new Supra and if people are vocal enough they might just give it to us.

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Comments (67)

  • You know it's always good to hear when a car company actually listens to its buyers.

      1 year ago
    • There is a big difference between the buyers and the internet fanboys, I mean no offence but 90% of those people wouldn't be able to afford it

        1 year ago
  • I thought that was one of the things the tuners should do?

      1 year ago
  • I've gotta say it looks pretty good in yellow.

      1 year ago
    • Yes it does. It looks dowdy in the launch colour red. White is good too (watch Doug DeMuro review)

        1 year ago
    • The yellow looks even better in person

        1 year ago
  • They will make it, no one will buy it, and then we will wonder why manufacturers stopped listening to car enthusiasts.

    I think this car will mainly sell in the US, Germany and Japan. And they are not exactly countries where manuals sell very well. I had a tough time trying to explain to a German coworker why a sportscar with a manual was not necessarily "cheap" or "obsolete".

    If Toyota decides to give the Supra a manual, I hope they know that they are doing it just so that the Internet will eventually shut up about how things they never intended to buy are not good enough for them, and not to attract real customers.

      1 year ago
    • Point Is this is not a SUPRA. It Is almost a rebadged z4. Then if they really care to rebuild an icon, then auto has to be out of the game. Auto Is for golf carts, not for icons. There's no point in selling icons to housekeepers. ..

        1 year ago
    • Actually you would be very sad to learn how many A80 Supras were sold with an AT ... And especially at a time when automatic transmissions were far from being as good performance-wise as they are today.

      Unfortunately people now want...

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        1 year ago
  • Everyone wants a manual Supra; I’m sure Toyota will introduce it soon.

      1 year ago
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