After years of waiting and begging from enthusiasts, Toyota has finally added a manual transmission option to the A90 Supra.
Available with a stick shift in three trims, the 2023 Supra also gains a host of suspension and driveline changes that Toyota promises will make the car drive even better than before.
Toyota says the six-speed manual gearbox has been tuned specifically for use with the car’s BMW-sourced twin-turbo B58 inline-six. From 2023 onwards, that means it’s available in two inline-six trims, the 3.0 and the 3.0 Premium. There’s also a third, new trim for 2023 called the A91-MT.
Available only with the stick, it’s limited to just 50o units and comes with everything in the 3.0 Premium plus tan leather-trimmed seats, that unique red badging shown off in the car’s teaser announcement, red strut tower bars, and an Alcantara shift knob. The base four-cylinder Supra will remain automatic-only.
There’s no word on if the new transmission is from BMW or one of Toyota’s own design, but considering how much simpler it probably would’ve been to modify a BMW gearbox, we’re betting on the former. The clutch is a newly engineered piece with a larger friction area and a reinforced diaphragm spring. There’s Toyota’s Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) system onboard, which, when activated, acts as a rev-matching feature. Manual Supras also get a shorter final drive ratio, jumping from 3.15 to 3.46 to deter sluggish starts and low in-gear acceleration feel.