Toyota updates its high-performance Supra and is now available with a manual gearbox

Toyota has appeased to the cog-swapping petrolheads in South Africa by introducing a manual gearbox option to its high-performance Supra.

Ever since its first generation debuted in 1978, the model has earned legions of fans with its faithfully retained front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout powered by an in-line six-cylinder engine. Since 2002, the Supra nameplate has been in something of a hiatus, until recently (in 2019) where the Japanese automaker launched the much-anticipated fifth-generation.

Perhaps the biggest talking point surrounding the new model was that it made use of a BMW-sourced turbocharged straight-six engine – a move that didn’t sit particularly well with hardcore Supra fans and the wider petrolhead community. Nevertheless, that ‘issue’ was quickly forgotten about.

Majority of the changes are mechanical, while there are a few aesthetic upgrades thrown in the mix as well. Gumtree lists all of the changes to the updated Supra:

Improved steering and suspension

The shock absorber damping characteristics was finely tuned to improve roll balance and overall ride comfort. In addition, the (electric) power steering and stability control systems have been improved.

Manual gearbox

This is arguably the most significant change of the bunch. Toyota appeased the minority of cog-swapping purists with the addition of a newly developed six-speed manual transmission. It also features an iMT system for precise computer-controlled engine speed matched to the driver’s clutch and shifting operations and for automatic throttle blipping when shifting.

New body colours

The body colour pallet has been increased with the addition of two more colours – Iridescent Grey Metallic and Sapphire Blue Metallic.

Upgraded sound system

Other than the roar of the engine, the driver and passenger can treat their ears to music through a premium JBL Premium sound system.

Newly designed wheels

The Supra now sits on newly designed 19-inch forged aluminium wheels, similar to the ones found on the GR Yaris and GR86. It is coated in Titanium Dark Silver paint and each wheel weighs 1.2kg which aids in improved performance.

The revised Supra line-up will debut at The Festival of Motoring that takes place at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in August 2022. Dealer ordering will open in May, with sales commencing in Q3. Both automatic and manual 3.0-litre variants will be offered and pricing will be announced closer to the launch time.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.

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