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The manual Toyota GR Supra and Nissan Z are changing the landscape of the sports car market. Both vehicles are dedicated sports coupes with driver’s car qualities and, more importantly, an optional three-pedal setup. However, there are three reasons potential owners should consider the manual Nissan Z over the manual GR Supra. 

The manual Nissan Z is more powerful than a comparable manual Toyota GR Supra

The first reason why potential owners should consider the upcoming manual Nissan Z over a comparable manual GR Supra is actually 400 reasons. The Nissan Z packs an impressive 400 horsepower regardless of the transmission option or trim level. Of course, the rear-wheel drive (RWD) Nissan sports coupe promises to be a riot with a six-speed manual transmission. By comparison, the incipient manual Supra 3.0 boasts 382 horsepower. 

The manual Nissan Z is a better deal than a manual Toyota GR Supra.
2023 Nissan Z | Nissan

The new Supras are by no means slouches, though. MotorTrend tested the taut Toyota model and estimates that the manual-equipped GR Supra 3.0 will hit 60 mph in the low 4-second range, about 0.3 seconds slower than the eight-speed automatic version. On the other hand, the Nissan Z Performance package is comparable; the three-pedal Z returned a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.3 seconds. 

A manual Nissan Z offers more value at the entry level than a Toyota GR Supra

The entry-level Nissan Z starts at around $39,990, which is considerably cheaper than the entry-level Supra. Moreover, the entry-level trim, the Z Sport, offers the six-speed manual transmission at the same price point as the nine-speed automatic version. That means potential owners can snag a 400-horsepower sports car with a manual transmission for less than the 382-horsepower Supra. 

The Nissan Z's manual is more accessible than the manual Supra.
The Nissan Z’s interior | Nissan

You can’t get a 2023 Toyota GR Supra 2.0 with a manual transmission

One of the most significant points in the manual Nissan Z’s favor is the availability of its three-pedal setup compared to the GR Supra. Specifically, the 2023 Toyota GR Supra only offers its six-speed manual transmission with its 3.0L variations. That skips the entry-level 2.0L four-cylinder Supra altogether. As a result, the roughly $53,595 GR Supra 3.0L is the most cost-effective way to slip into a manual Supra. 

Compared to the Supra, the manual Nissan Z is a bargain. An entry-level Nissan Z Sport with a six-speed manual transmission is around $13,600 less than the comparable manual Supra 3.0. Still, if potential owners want a Supra-fighting Z, the Z Performance packs a limited-slip differential, sports exhaust, and bitier brakes. 

Should you consider the Z over the GR Supra? 

Considering the manual Nissan Z is more accessible, cheaper, and more powerful than a comparable manual GR Supra 3.0, the Z is an excellent option for sports car enthusiasts. Of course, both cars are faster with their automatic transmission options, but the manual lends itself to a driver’s car experience that fans won’t get with paddle-shiftable automatic units. With a six-speed manual transmission, the Nissan Z Sport promises to afford potential owners a more affordable driver’s car than the GR Supra. 

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