The New Toyota Supra May Not be Offered With a Manual

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The new Toyota Supra is one of the most highly anticipated new cars, but enthusiasts may find themselves let down if leaked internal documents are to be believed.

The documents, originally obtained by SupraMKV.com, reveal the powertrains for both the new Supra and the related BMW Z4. They indicate the Supra will be offered with a ’30i’ engine and a ’40i’ engine, meaning it will likely receive BMW’s 248 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo and 335 horsepower turbocharged inline-six. For the Supra, it only shows the engines paired with an automatic transmission, while the Z4 looks set to receive a manual of some sort.

There may be hope for you prospective manual Supra owners yet. The document was prepared well before the arrival of the production Z4 and Supra, so things are subject to change. It’s hard to see Toyota, the company that brought back the 86 to appease enthusiasts, dropping the ball by not offering the Supra with a manual in America. If the Supra is auto only, the saving grace would be that BMW knows how to build a good, quick-shifting automatic.

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BMW will show a concept version of the Z4 at this month’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance before the production car arrives sometime in 2018. A concept version of the Supra is expected to arrive just a few months later in October at the Tokyo Motor Show, with the production version also expected to arrive sometime next year. We may know plenty more about the Z4, and therefore the Supra, in just a few weeks’ time.

[Source: SupraMKV]

Discuss this story on our Toyota Supra forum.

  • Bug S Bunny

    So in other words…yawn.

  • Maddog

    Making it for “old farts” who can afford it but don’t like to shift…..

  • Cody Beisel

    Most enthusiasts won’t be able to afford the car anyways and chances are the mileage and 0-60 are significantly better with the auto. If it’s essentially a BMW then it’s gonna be a specs car and not an enthusiasts car.

  • Jack Woodburn

    If you are truly an enthusiast driver of a sporting machine, a paddle shifting clutchless “automatic” makes much more sense to achieve the most efficient and fastest shifts/lap times. Automatic transmissions shift faster than you can blink let alone clutch and jam a gear shift. If ya wanna shift gears so bad, buy an old antique and race it in classics events. And that counsel comes from a 68 year old “codger” who learned to drive a stick on a ’47 Studebaker. And those photos of the “much anticipated” Supra portend of one ugly little amalgamated vehicle. Hideous rear view…

  • DoctorFeelgoodMD

    Not surprised in the least. I have both and have no problem driving my 6 speed sports car or my auto daily driver.

  • Salmaan

    You don’t seem to understand why the automotive enthusiasts want manuals. Yes automatics are faster but going fast isn’t why driver enthusiasts want manuals. The Mazda Miata is slow but it’s praised by the enthusiasts. The sublime Cayman GT4 isn’t faster then most 911’s but it’s considered by a lot of enthusiasts as the best Porsche since the Carrera GT. All of this is because they’re fun and engaging, not because they’re fast.

  • Jack Woodburn

    Right…I guess I don’t understand what you call “engaging.” But enjoy being a bit slower. Whatever shifts yer gears… 😉

  • Eric B.

    At 74 and having owned several manual shift cars from steering column 3 speed (Simca Aronde anyone?) to floor shift 5 speed I can understand the “Old School” guys. I can sympathize with the visceral connection manual shifting gives one. Even automaticaly “rev matching” a manual tranny is removing the driver once again from the full skill set they used to need.

    Maybe paddle shifting a double clutch transmission is a transition to full auto trannys.
    But those DC transmissions are heavier than a full auto tranny so they don’t “add lightness”.

    Still, given my druthers I guess I’d take a paddle shifting DC tranny with rev matching just for the sheer “badassery” of the technolog. It still lets ME decide the gear and the timing of the shift and a modicum of feeling in control. I’m tired of being totally disconnected from my vehicle with numb “drive-by-wire” steering and full auto transmissions, ESPECIALLY emasculating CVT trannys found in way too many cars. Aaaaarrggghhh!