In what might just be the best Easter present ever, Toyota has announced its GR Supra is getting a manual transmission. Performance car purists will be positively dancing in the streets.
Tailor-made specifically for this car, and engineered to satisfy those very purists, the manual transmission will enhance the Supra’s signature racing DNA with a pure and unique driving experience.
While there’s no firm date for its arrival down under just yet, the Japanese car maker is promising to provide further details in the coming weeks. The announcement follows a series of updates late last year.
The most recent of these was the addition of wireless Apple CarPlay functionality, adding to the already-comprehensive multimedia features including voice activation and Bluetooth connectivity.
That system also includes AM/FM/DAB+ digital radio, satellite navigation and wireless phone charging.
Offering seamless smartphone integration, apps such as music streaming services are enhanced by a 205W 10-speaker HiFi sound system on the GT, or a sophisticated 425W 12-speaker JBL surround sound system on the GTS.
That technology update follows a substantial mechanical upgrade that saw peak power output for the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine boosted from 250kW to 285kW. Peak torque remained steady at 500Nm.
At present, the GR Supra continues to be offered in two grades – GT and GTS.
A low centre of gravity, 50/50 weight distribution, a limited-slip differential on the rear axle and an optimised body structure made of rigid steel and aluminium ensure a level of agility and performance worthy of the GR badge.
A comprehensive suite of Toyota Safety Sense features ensure excellent occupant safety, with standard systems including active cruise control, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure alert, and rear-end collision warning.
A reversing camera and a pre-collision safety (PCS) system with daytime pedestrian and cyclist detection, are also included.
We’ll bring you further details on the manual GR Supra when they come to hand.