Toyota is considering the feasibility of a manual transmission in the SupraMay 29, 2019
The technical possibility for this is not just there. It has already been implemented by the German side of the project for the BMW Z4. However, the Japanese company has not yet made a final decision and plans to do this after analyzing the first sales and customer ratings.
Many fans of the model waited for the Supra manual gearbox, but did not receive it. Most buyers are frankly disappointed with the car. Especially comparing the fifth generation with a respected fourth. Toyota is looking for ways to make the model more attractive, and one of them can be a manual transmission, even if its share is small.
BMW, in turn, considered the presence of mechanics on a similar sports car to be quite natural and announced that for versions of the Z4 with 4-cylinder engines, manual transmission will be offered necessarily. Supra with the same 2.0-liter engine is already available in Japan, but only with an 8-speed automatic (as with the older 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine). Thus, technically, you can get Supra with the manual gearbox, even with the base engine, without any development costs now, but Toyota hesitates.
The company is not sure that the “model of this level” needs a manual transmission. As for the 3.0-liter version, equipping them with “mechanics” is unlikely. Similar modifications are not available now with the kindred BMW. It is worth noting that the German side, according to her own statement, could not hesitate to issue a similar option, if there is a request for it, without taking into account the positioning and status of the model.
Now the Supra has only 8-speed automatic, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and 3.0-liter in-line 6-cylinder engines. Plans for other modifications have not been officially announced.
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