Any of you lot who’ve been claiming to be holding off shopping for a Supra just because it doesn’t have a 3rd pedal might want to get away your checkbooks. This morning, Toyota introduced what was teased earlier this month: the Supra is getting a bonafide handbook transmission.
Properly, there’s nonetheless one out: It’ll be restricted to fashions powered by the three.0-liter engine.
And that’s not a nasty factor. The inline-six within the GR Supra is sweet for 382 horsepower, all of which is funneled by the rear wheels. Branded as an ‘iMT’ gearbox, this six-speed may have digital helpers like rev-matching downshifts, plus the power to optimize engine torque for the time being of clutch engagement and launch. In different phrases, it’ll be clean within the palms of people who find themselves not as proficient with a handbook transmission as essentially the most dyed-in-the-wool fanatic. Luddites will presumably flip the works of it off.
Toyota insists they didn’t merely haul a inventory transmission out of their components bin and hammer it right into a Supra. In line with the engineering workforce, they needed to modify an current transmission housing, fiddle with the driveshaft, and make alterations to the gear set. Numerous and varied sound deadening was given the heave-ho in a bid to shave ounces. A newly-engineered clutch plate with a bigger friction space and stronger spring are within the ‘field, this tuned for responsibility on this high-performance software. The ultimate drive ratio was additionally modified: 3.46 for the stick versus 3.15 within the automated. This may preserve the factor feeling sprightly off the road.
Along with the dandy new row-yer-own, a brand new driving perform referred to as “Hairpin+” was designed to allow extra grins when taking tight bends on an uphill gradient. Toyota claims the characteristic can optimize engine torque management from side-to-side on the rear axle to permit a higher distinction within the diploma of wheel spin. This could make the GR Supra much more entertaining on the roads above L.A. and on our nation’s road-course circuits. As well as, the Observe mode has been tuned to permit for straightforward drifting with freedom of throttle management, which is at all times good for fun or a minimum of a very viral YouTube video.
The handbook is ready to be made out there on the three.0, 3.0 Premium, and a brand new restricted A91-MT Version mannequin, the latter of which can solely have 500 copies despatched to America. A stickshift Supra means Toyota now presents all three of its U.S. GR fashions (the Soup plus the GR86 and upcoming GR Corolla) with a handbook transmission. Whereas it’s true the perfect automatics can do a greater job of shifting than most people, there’s a car connection and enjoyable issue that can’t be ignored whereas wielding a stick.
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