By on April 28, 2022

Toyota

Toyota is developing a performance 8-speed automatic for the GR Yaris, and potentially for other models, as well.

A 6-speed manual transmission is currently standard in the GR line, with the 1.5T being sold overseas, and the GR Corolla with its 1.6T, which is sold in the USA and Canada. In the GR’s home country of Japan, the RS line comes with a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Paddle shifters may be available as well, with the automaker seemingly committed to providing a self-shifting gearbox worthy of the GR branding. Interestingly enough, the Japanese version of the gearbox works in reverse of what American consumers are used to, with drivers pushing forward for upshifts.

First a 6-speed manual for the Supra, now a potential 8-speed automatic for the GR line, and we’re wondering if this automatic will make its way into the GR Corolla sold in the North American market. The GR86 would also make sense for this new application.

As exciting as this all sounds, don’t expect to see the 8-speed automatic in showrooms anytime soon. As the Autoblog story notes, there have been some glitches in early development.

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12 Comments on “Report: Toyota Working on Performance 8-Speed Automatic...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    “we’re wondering if this automatic will make its way into the GR Corolla”
    “The GR86 would also make sense for this new application.”

    Someone smarter than me will have to explain how the Corolla and 86 could use the same transmission.

  • avatar
    glennbk

    Work with ZF instead. The 8HP transmission is perfect for this application!

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      GR Four is a transverse, Haldex’y layout AWD..

      For Toyota to put it in the GR Yaris in particular, it will have to be light, stout and motorsport’y enough for, at least, privateer Rally use.

      And, Morizo specifically wants the GR Yaris to be al all-Toyota product. As opposed to a cooperation with others, the way the Supra and 86 is.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    “First a 6-speed manual for the Supra”

    On this, since the Supra *is* a BMW who developed this six speed manual transmission?

    • 0 avatar
      jack4x

      Toyota put out a press release basically claiming credit for doing the whole thing. I imagine BMW had to be involved to at least some degree but I don’t believe they’re interested in offering a manual in the Z4 so it makes sense that Toyota would lead.

      https://pressroom.toyota.com/toyota-gr-supra-adds-manual-transmission-and-enhanced-drive-dynamics-for-2023/

  • avatar
    kjhkjlhkjhkljh kljhjkhjklhkjh

    ? develop ? … just save a couple billion and licensee ”Ze germans” DSC and or compact ZF8.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      Morizo seems insistent on at least the GR Yaris being “all Toyota.” And it’s his baby.

      I also doubt any off the shelf alternative was ever developed to be reliable nor all that optimal for actual rallying.

  • avatar
    Oberkanone

    2023 as 2024 model year.

  • avatar
    IBx1

    Pathetic automatic scum

    If you want an automatic Toyota, might I redirect you to literally everything they make?

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