Monday, Sep 24 04:00pm
AUTHOR: Nile Bijoux

Toyota considering manual Supra for certain markets?

Up until now, Toyota sports car fans had resigned themselves to the fact that the upcoming Supra reboot would be an automatic-only affair. However, a new sliver of information offers some hope.




Speaking to Aussie media, the Supra’s chief assistant engineer, Masayuki Kai, mentioned that the car could use a manual transmission. But Toyota would have to sell the manual Supra in the Japan domestic market, meaning it would be right-hand-drive only. Which would be no problem for Kiwi Supra fans.


"We have developed it, yes, there is hardware ready. Right-hand drive? Yes, of course. It needs to be sold in Japan, which is a right-hand drive market,” Kai said.




While the BMW Z4, which shares its DNA with the Supra, only sports an automatic transmission, Kai doesn’t know how many parts are shared between the cars, aside from the BMW-sourced engine, the aforementioned automatic gearbox, parts of the infotainment system, and some switchgear.


Could a manual transmission be one of those parts that differentiates the sports car siblings? Only time - and market demands - will tell.