The 2022 Toyota Supra Could Be Available With a Manual Transmission!

By the time February 2020 came around, we learned that the 2021 Toyota Supra would end up being better than the 2020, giving some buyers the shaft. Shortly after that news came about, Toyota tried to justify this move and explained how it was looking to improve the Supra year after year. Whether or not current owners feel shafted or not, the 2021 Supra is better, but there’s still one big thing it’s lacking – a manual transmission. That singular problem, however, may be solved in the very near future if a new report from Japan’s Mag X turns out to be legitimate.

The 2022 Toyota Supra Might Be Available With a Manual Transmission

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Since the 2020 Toyota Supra (and it’s distant relative, the BMW Z4) has gone on sale, customers have apparently been expressing a lot of interest for a manual transmission.

Japan’s Mag X has said that there was so much interest in a manual that the development team behind the Supra has taken note and has begun to consider offering the Supra with a Manual transmission, complete with three pedals and all.

The downside to this news is that there’s no official word at all, and Mag X doesn’t suggest a timeline for when the manual transmission will appear on the option sheet. With the 2021 Supra set to go on sale soon and full details already public, we probably won’t see the Supra with a factory manual until at least early-to-mid 2021 when Toyota announces the 2022 model year and all the changes that come with it. This, of course, isn’t the only news to come out of Japan, though.

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2021 Toyota Supra 3.0 vs 2020 Toyota Supra 3.0
2020 GR Supra 3.0 2021 GR Supra 3.0
Engine 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder with twin-scroll single turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder with twin-scroll single turbo
Horsepower 335 HP @ 5,000 - 6,500 RPM 383 HP @ 5,800 - 6,500 RPM
Torque 365 LB-FT @ 1,600 - 4,500 RPM 368 LB-FT @ 1,800 - 5,000 RPM
Transmission ZF 8-speed automatic ZF 8-speed automatic
Weight 3,396 lbs 3,400 lbs
0 - 60 mph 4.1 seconds 3.9 seconds

The Supra GRMN Gains Momentum Too

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It was just a couple of weeks ago that we told you that a very limited Supra GRMN was apparently in the works, but now we know a little more about it. As of now, the GRMN stands to benefit from the M3 and M4’s twin-turbo inline-six. If that’s the case, we’re talking about upward of 510 horsepower if BMW is willing to let Toyota use the Competition version of the engine. The problem is that BMW isn’t too keen on letting Toyota have that engine, which is why the run will be so limited. The other rumor suggests that Toyota may go a completely different route.

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That route would include a turbocharged inline-six that’s good for 395 horsepower, a considerable bump from the current Supra’s 335 ponies. To offset things a bit and make that power bump enough, the GRMN will reportedly lose a decent chunk of weight thanks to increased use of carbon fiber. The only downside here is that the Supra’s Chief Engineer, Tetsuya Tada has said that extra power and a manual transmission were both priorities but that his team could only work on one at a time. That means we probably won’t see the GRMN with a manual transmission, and if we do, it will come much later than originally expected.

Source: Mag X

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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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