• The 2023 Toyota Supra will be available with a manual transmission.
  • The six-speed manual gearbox will be offered for the 382-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, and the base 2.0-liter turbo-four will remain automatic-only.
  • The 2023 Supra will go on sale in the U.S. later this year.

    The moment we've been waiting for ever since the return of the Toyota Supra has now arrived: for 2023, the Supra will finally be available with a manual transmission. The six-speed gearbox will be offered only with the 382-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six and comes with a host of other modifications to the suspension and interior for the new model year.

    Because BMW does not currently offer the B58 inline-six—the variant that powers six-cylinder Supras—with a manual transmission in the U.S., we believe Toyota when it says it went to a great amount of trouble to engineer this transmission specifically for this car. The engine will produce the same output as it does when paired with the eight-speed automatic, but the manual receives a shorter final-drive ratio—3.46 versus 3.15 for the auto. It also has a rev-matching function that can be disabled.

    The stick will be offered on the 3.0 and 3.0 Premium models, along with an exclusive new special edition called the A91-MT. Only 500 units of this manual-only trim level will be offered in the U.S., and it'll come in either matte white or grey. It has a brown leather interior that's not available on any other Supra, and it also comes with an Alcantara shift knob, red brake calipers, red badging, red strut tower braces, and 19-inch wheels.

    Other changes for the manual car include recalibrated traction-control and stability-control programming and a rearranged center console that moves the infotainment controller knob and other buttons to accommodate the manual shifter. Toyota says the shift knob's placement is meant to provide enough clearance between the shifter and the center stack.

    All 2023 Supras will receive revised tuning for the shocks and power steering system, plus a new feature that Toyota calls Hairpin+. It's meant specifically for steep uphill hairpin turns and is said to permit a greater difference in wheelspin between the left and right rear tires.

    Toyota hasn't said what the 2023 Supra with the manual transmission will cost, but did hint that it might carry a price premium by referring to the stick as an "option." We'll have to reserve final judgment until we can shift the Supra's gearbox for ourselves, but we'd reckon it'll be worth paying extra for.

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