The 6-speed manual transmission will be available only with the 3.0 GR Supra.
Toyota has finally added a manual transmission to the Supra lineup, three years after its debut. The Gazoo Racing (GR) Supra, which was developed in collaboration with BMW, only came with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Toyota has tweaked the suspension as well as the manual transmission.
- Manual transmission Supra is 40kg lighter than the automatic
- 2022 GR Supra’s iMT different in application from Hyundai’s
- India launch of the GR Supra unlikely anytime soon
The 2022 GR Supra Gets a Manual for The First Time
The new six-speed manual will only be available with the Gazoo Racing (GR) Supra’s 387hp 3.0-litre straight-six turbo-petrol engine, not the 257hp 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine.
The gearbox, like the Toyota GR Yaris, has an Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) mode that employs a “intelligent control system” to “prioritise sporty performance.” The gearbox is tuned to optimize engine torque at the moment of clutch engagement and release, according to Toyota, when upshifting. The IMT is set as the default mode for the gearbox, but it can be turned off in Sport mode, according to the manufacturer.
It’s worth noting that Toyota’s iMT is not the same as Hyundai’s Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT), which uses software and actuators to control the clutch and relies solely on the driver to shift the gear lever.
Furthermore, Toyota claims that the gearbox has been designed to avoid a slow take-off, with the final drive ratio reduced from 3.46 to 3.15. According to Toyota, this results in better response and gearing for sports car performance. The manual transmission also reduces the car’s weight by nearly 40 kilograms.
Furthermore, Toyota has updated the rest of the Supra lineup with retuned suspension, including more rigid vulcanized rubber in the front and rear, anti-roll bar bushes, and retuned shock absorbers on all models.
The center console has been slightly redesigned to accommodate the new gearshifter, with more space created between the shift lever and the air-conditioning unit.
Will The Toyota GR Supra Make Its Way to India?
Toyota had planned to bring the Supra, as well as the larger GR portfolio, to the Indian market by 2020, after it was launched internationally in 2019. Following that, the company remained silent about its GR plans. In collaboration with Maruti Suzuki, the carmaker is currently developing a Creta-rivaling midsize SUV.