Based on marketing projections & actual sales, it seems customers are not as interested in manual cars as they once were. Fans of Toyota Supra may have been disappointed when its eight-speed automatic transmission was revealed, but now they have reason to rejoice.
The 2020 Toyota Supra comes in three models: 3.0, 3.0 Premium, and Launch Edition. All of them have a 3-liter inline 6-cylinder engine, generating 335 hp & 495 Nm torque, with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
European Auto Group (EAG) has revealed that they will be reworking the model to give it a manual transmission should owners require it. But can we trust the EAG to this end? Well, the company created the world’s only manual Ferrari 430 Scuderia and is on its way to creating a manual 458 Italia.
However, the process isn’t as simple as adding a pedal and replacing the gearbox. On the driver’s side, Supra’s console meets the dash with a steeply angled segment of trim. While that works perfectly for an automatic transmission where the gear shift is used to park or reverse, it creates a problem for manual transmission, which involves its frequent use. The organization plans on redesigning the entire dashboard. In order to create enough space for the gear levers, the center console will be redesigned as well. The buttons for lane assist, traction, auto stop/start, and parking brake will be relocated. Additionally, climate controls at the base of the dash will be moved a couple of inches to create some space.
Moreover, EAG will offer up to three years of warranty on the transmission and other big items like the alternator.