After a more-than-20-year hiatus, Toyota introduced the world to the all-new fifth-generation Supra in 2019 — a high-end, high-performance sports car based on BMW’s Z4 platform. Despite the race-inspired nature of the GR Supra, the daily-driveable two-door has thus far not been available with a manual transmission (at least in the U.S. market), however, this is now changing for the debut of the 2023 model year.
The new six-speed manual transmission version of the GAZOO Racing Supra will be available on the 382-hp turbocharged straight-six-powered 3.0 and 3.0 Premium specs, but will not be offered on the base model 2.0 (2.0-liter inline-four) variant. Armed with a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, the manual Supra also gets a shorter final-drive ratio of 3.46 versus the eight-speed automatic’s 3.15. Offered with an available carbon fiber trim package, the cabin of the Supra has also been revised, with a new infotainment unit built around the shift stick configuration.
On top of receiving a retuned suspension package engineered specifically for the new stickshift-equipped models, the 2023 model year GR Supra has also received a myriad of other features that have been optimized for use with a manual transmission. This includes a new active rear sport differential, a manual-specific power steering unit, a new TRAction Control system, a new Hairpin+ function, a dedicated drift-focused Track Mode, a revised traction control system, an Anti-Roll Program, and an oversteer-mitigating Vehicle Stability Control system.
Pricing for the 2023 Toyota GR Supra lineup has yet to be revealed, though the company has stated that the entire range is scheduled to roll into dealerships later this year. Toyota will also be producing a limited 500-unit run of A91-MT (manual transmission) models that feature a spec-exclusive brown leather interior, 19” forged aluminum wheels, an Alcantara shift knob, and red brake calipers, badging, strut tower braces.
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