The Japanese sports car could be offered with a third pedal before the end of this year.
A six-speed manual transmission option for the Toyota GR Supra sports car has been green-lit for production, and could arrive in overseas showrooms later this year – according to a new report from The Drive.
Citing “insider dealer sources” in North America, the article suggests a three-pedal layout will be introduced – but doesn’t state whether it will be offered with the 190kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine standard in overseas models, or the 285kW/500Nm 3.0-litre turbo six-cylinder that serves as the only option available in Australia.
Offering the transmission exclusively with the entry-level model may appear to be a more cost-effective move, as the six-speed manual is available in Europe (and was, until recently, in Australia) available with the base 2.0-litre variant of the Supra’s mechanical cousin, the BMW Z4 sDrive20i.
However, last year Japanese publication Car Sensor reported the six-cylinder – which makes up the majority of sales overseas – would be offered with a manual, while the four-cylinder wouldn’t. This was reported to be a decision made mid-way through the powertrain’s development.
The four-cylinder is not currently offered in Australia, however an eight-speed torque-converter automatic is the only transmission available with either engine worldwide at present.
A spokesperson for Toyota in Australia was unable to comment on the new claims, and local dealers contacted by Drive did not have further information to share.
If such a model were to go into production, it’s unclear if – or when – it would be offered Down under.
A spokesperson for Toyota in Japan has been contacted, and this story will be updated if more information becomes available.
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William Davis has written for Drive since July 2020, covering news and current affairs in the automotive industry. He has maintained a primary focus on industry trends, autonomous technology, electric vehicle regulations, and local environmental policy. As the newest addition to the Drive team, William was brought onboard for his attention to detail, writing skills, and strong work ethic. Despite writing for a diverse range of outlets – including the Australian Financial Review, Robb Report, and Property Observer – since completing his media degree at Macquarie University, William has always had a passion for cars.