Three-pedal fans rejoice: a manual version of the Toyota GR Supra arrives in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Toyota is charging the same price for manual and carryover automatic versions of its GR Supra GT and GTS models.
GT models are priced at $87,000 before on-road costs, while the GTS is priced at $97,000 before on-road costs. Both prices represent an increase of $506 on 2022 models.
The new six-speed manual features a short-stroke shifter which Toyota says gives it a direct and smooth feel. You can read our driving impressions here.
It also includes a Gear Shift Assistant, which synchronises engine speeds with the selected gear for smoother shifts. You can disable this when Sport mode is engaged.
Manual models are also 18kg lighter than their eight-speed automatic counterparts.
It’s not just the manual transmission that’s new for 2023.
Toyota says it’s retuned its electronic power steering and vehicle stability control systems for enhanced turning response during initial steering input, while changes to the suspension bushes are also said to improve steering feel.
All models get ventilated sports brakes with red callipers, while unsprung weight is reduced in GTS models with 19-inch alloys now 1.2kg lighter per wheel.
New Copper Grey, Azure Blue and Matte White exterior finishes join the palette, though Suzuki Silver and Goodwood Grey have been deleted.
The GTS is also available with a tan interior, replacing red.
Toyota Australia has yet to confirm the full features list for the 2023 Supra, but we don’t expect much in the way of changes.
The GT currently comes standard with adaptive suspension, a limited-slip differential, adaptive LED headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels, while inside there are dual 8.8-inch screens, wireless Apple CarPlay, a wireless phone charger, and heated leather sports seats.
The GTS upgrades from a 10-speaker sound system to a 12-speaker JBL set-up, while also receiving a head-up display and larger 19-inch alloys.
The introduction of a manual Supra gives Toyota direct rival for the three-pedal Nissan Z.
In manual guise, the Z is priced at $73,300 before on-road costs. A nine-speed automatic is a no-cost option, as on the Supra.
While both wear iconic Japanese nameplates, they’re two very different cars.
The Z uses an updated version of the old 370Z’s platform and packs a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 with 298kW of power and 475Nm of torque.
The Supra, in contrast, shares its platform and many of its components with the BMW Z4 and uses a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six with 285kW and 500Nm.