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Exclusive: Manual-Equipped Toyota Supra Is Finally Coming

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No matter how many people cry out on the internet saying the 2020 Toyota Supra should have a manual transmission option, it looks like Toyota has decided to leave the ZF eight-speed automatic as the lone gearbox. This means there will not be a manual MKV Supra, at least not from Toyota. Enter European Auto Group, the Texas-based tuning shop known best for building the world's only Ferrari 430 Scuderia with a gated manual transmission. EAG is also working on building the world's first Ferrari 458 manual and now will turn their sights on the new 2020 Toyota Supra.

That's right, EAG owner Art Bartosik has told CarBuzz in an exclusive interview that the first MKV Supra manual swap is currently underway and "we are now taking customer deposits." All those people who said they'd buy the Supra if it came with a manual can finally stop their crying because EAG is ready to answer their prayers.

European Auto Group
European Auto Group

Bartosik says the swap will cost "around $12,000 for parts and labor" and will take "between 30 to 45 days to complete." Pre-orders are now open for $6,000 and you can call EAG to arrange to have your car shipped to Texas. Once completed, owners will have a unique car that should undoubtedly be sought after by enthusiasts. EAG will use all BMW OEM parts, meaning the transmission should be perfectly suited to the Supra's B58 BMW-sourced engine. Bartosik says EAG will also partner with ProTuning Freaks, a Canada-based BMW tuner, to offer a power increase alongside the manual swap.

The tuned car is expected to produce around 420 to 430 horsepower to the wheels, which is a healthy increase from the stock car's 335 hp rating. Bartosik says he is thrilled to partner with ProTurning Freaks because he's owned several BMW cars tuned by them in the past and he has "put over 40,000 miles on them with no issues."

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As for the warranty, this swap will likelyvoid Toyota's warranty (at least partially) but Bartosik says EAG is looking into a four-year/50,000-mile warranty to cover all of the cars. In addition to the manual swaps, EAG will offer an entire catalog for the MKV Supra including "an aero kit, carbon fiber roof, and mirror caps, wheels, suspension modifications, and exhaust."

We also asked Bartosik which shifter he plans to use for the manual Supra and he said "I really like the one from the GR concept car," in reference to the hybrid Toyota GR HV Sports concept. "We want the shifter to have a flip-up design, just like the concept, with the button underneath programmed to activate Sport Mode."

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Toyota

If you want to get an up-close look at the car, EAG will have a booth at this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas in November. For more information about ordering a manual Supra, visit EAG's website and their GatedSix website, for more information about other manual swaps like the Ferrari 430, 458, and 599.

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European Auto Group
European Auto Group

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