Almost Half of Toyota Supras Sold Since Manual Transmission's Introduction Have Had Three Pedals
The calls for a manual transmission option began almost as soon as people got past the fact that the new Toyota Supra is essentially a BMW Z4 underneath. Toyota obliged, releasing a six-speed manual version of the inline-six-powered variant, and we’re now learning that buyers have rewarded that decision.
Speaking with Road & Track, a Toyota spokesperson confirmed that almost half of the Supras sold since the manual was introduced had the feature. The automaker has sold 1,216 cars since then, and 47 percent of them had three pedals.
The Supra’s manual comes from the BMW 3 Series with gearing from the M3. Toyota massaged the software and had to rework the car’s center console to accommodate the shifter. Changes to the final gear ratio were also made.
Though it didn’t happen at first, it’s not surprising that Toyota came around on the manual transmission. The last Supra, the iconic Mark IV, is expensive no matter how it’s set up, but versions with manual transmissions command far higher premiums than their automatic counterparts. While the new Supra is staggeringly powerful and quick, it lacked engagement with the eight-speed torque converter automatic. The manual brings much more fun and driver involvement than the auto and makes the car far more of a driver’s machine.
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