After years of waiting and pleas from enthusiasts, Toyota has finally added a manual transmission option to the A90 Supra. Available with stick shift in three trims, the 2023 Supra also gets 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 BMW-sourced B58 twin-turbo straight-six. Starting in 2023, that means it will be available in two straight-six models, the 3.0 and 3.0 Premium. There is also a third model new for 2023 called the A91-MT. Available with the stick only, it’s limited to just 500 units and comes with everything in the 3.0 Premium plus tan leather-trimmed seats, that unique red badging shown in the car’s teaser ad, red strut bars and a gear knob. Alcantara change. The base four-cylinder Supra will remain automatic-only.
It’s not known whether the new transmission is from BMW or one of Toyota’s own design, but considering how much simpler it would probably have been to modify a BMW gearbox, we’re going with the former. The clutch is a newly designed part with a larger friction area and a reinforced diaphragm spring. On board is Toyota’s Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) system which, when engaged, acts as a rev-matching function. Manual Supras also get a shorter final drive ratio, jumping from 3.15 to 3.46 to avoid sluggish starts and a low throttle feel in gear.
Inside the manual Supra, you’ll find a revamped center console that’s been specifically modified to ensure easy shifting and enough clearance so you don’t slam your hand on the dash. The weight, shape and action of the knob have also been taken into account to minimize the effort required to make changes.
All 2023 Supras get a number of suspension and chassis upgrades to improve road balance and ride comfort, according to Toyota. Both the shock absorbers and electrically assisted steering have been retuned, while all 3.0 models now come with an active differential as standard. On the software side, the 2023 Supras get a new feature called Hairpin+, which allows the wheels to spin more when exiting sharp corners uphill more than five degrees. The traction and stability control systems have also been recalibrated.
Pricing for the manual 2023 Toyota Supra will be revealed later this summer. We don’t expect the third pedal to be a very expensive option compared to the 2022 car’s $51,640 MSRP. Deliveries are scheduled to begin later this year.
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