Toyota GR Supra Getting The Gearbox It Deserves

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Better late than never.

If you want to row your own gears in a new Toyota sports car, the GR 86 is currently your only option with its standard six-speed manual transmission. But this might not be the case for much longer. Right now, Toyota only offers an eight-speed automatic for the GR Supra, but a stick shift would undoubtedly make it more engaging to drive.

Before the new GR Supra was revealed, there were rumors that Toyota will offer a manual transmission for the reborn sports car. Toyota has also admitted to testing the Supra with a manual transmission. As the years passed, we were starting to lose hope, but according to Japanese publication Car Sensor our wish for a manual GR Supra will soon be granted.

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Car Sensor claims the GR Supra will finally be offered with a six-speed manual transmission in spring 2022. Toyota was reportedly planning to offer the manual with the entry-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder GR Supra. This would make sense, since a manual transmission is available in the BMW Z4 sDrive20i, which shares the same engine.

However, Toyota is now expected to only offer a manual with the more powerful 3.0-liter inline-six model - not that we're complaining. There's more good news, too.

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After the manual Supra launches in 2022, the long-awaited hardcore GRMN version will arrive in 2023 according to the Japanese publication. It will be underpinned by an upgraded chassis and be powered by a more potent 3.0-liter twin-turbo 'S58' inline-six - the same engine that powers the new BMW M3 and M4.

We already know this unit can produce up to 503 hp and 479 lb-ft in the M3 and M4. However, according to Car Sensor Toyota hasn't decided if the S58 will be paired with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. With these exciting updates planned over the next few years, the future is looking bright for the GR Supra.

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