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"
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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