Manual Supra: It Is Here, GR Supra Stans

Toyota’s GR Supra is a formidable contender in the sports car segment, but it has some competition. For instance, the incipient Nissan Z and its standard 400-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine is chief among the Supra’s competitors. However, the Supra isn’t going to go without a fight, and much to fans’ chagrin, the manual Supra is here! Here’s what you should know about the new Toyota GR Supra and its three-pedal setup, like how much a manual Supra costs. 

How is the new three-pedal GR Supra?

Toyota confirmed the upcoming 2023 GR Supra’s manual transmission earlier this year, and fans rejoiced. After all, the lack of a three-pedal option was one of the enthusiasts’ chief complaints about the BMW-Toyota collaboration car. Further, Car and Driver says the manual is worth the wait. The manual Supra gets shorter gear ratios compared to the automatic-equipped cars; 3.36:1 instead of the original 3.15:1. 

The manual Supra is going to offer non-stop fun without more Supra cost.
2023 Toyota GR Supra | Toyota

Three-pedal GR Supras also feature automatic rev matching, not unlike Ford Mustang Mach 1s and their Tremec six-speed manuals. Additionally, much like the original Z4 and Supra, the transmission is a collaboration between GAZOO Racing (GR) and the European ZF team. The result is a satisfying GS6L50TZ unit in what Jalopnik calls “the car the fifth-generation Supra should’ve been from the start. 

What’s wrong with the manual Supra?

As you might imagine, accommodating the shifter into the Toyota GR Supra’s slight frame required compromise. The infotainment dial has a new home on the far right side of the center console, but it didn’t free up enough real estate to keep the shifter satisfyingly clear of the dash’s forward surface. Car and Driver says that spirited shifts into third gear might result in an accidental jab at the control knobs. 

How much will the manual Supra cost?

Almost as wonderful as the international gear-grabbing GR/ZF unit is the pricing news. Toyota announced that the manual transmission would be a no-cost option in the GR Supra. The base model Supra 3.0 will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $52,500. Prices rise as trim levels improve; the Premium MT starts at $55,650, and the range-topping A91-MT starts at $58,345. 

The new three pedal Supra costs just as much as the automatic cars.
Toyota GR Supra Costs | Toyota

Of course, with the current performance car trends of dealership gouging, it is unlikely that customers will be able to avoid some markup. Still, if you want a joy-of-the-drive GR Supra, this is your chance. 

How many manual Supras are there?

All trim levels of the Toyota GR Supra will offer a manual transmission. However, the base model Toyota GR Supra 2.0, with its 2.0L inline-four cylinder engine, will not get the three-pedal treatment. Instead, the 2.0 will retain its 10-speed automatic transmission. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; the 3.0 with the same automatic unit is a straight-line surface-to-surface missile. 

The manual Supra costs the same as the non-three pedal cars.
Toyota GR Supra manual shifter | Toyota

What other manual-equipped cars can you buy instead?

If you’re jaded by Toyota’s lack of a manual up to this point, or you simply want something else, you have options. First, the Nissan Z will pack 400 horsepower right from the factory, as well as retro-inspired styling. Also, the Ford Mustang Mach 1 packs a Tremec-sourced hand-me-down transmission from the venerable GT350, 480 horsepower, and more cargo volume than the Supra. Still, the GR Supra with a manual is an answer to many fans’ prayers for a next-level Supra driver’s car. 

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