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

1y ago


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 (54)

  • 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