- For the 2023 model, Toyota is adding a six-speed manual option to its 3.0-liter turbocharged GR Supra.
- A manual-only, special edition called the “A91-MT” will feature Cognac leather upholstery, an Alcantara shift knob, and a 12-speaker JBL sound system.
- The A91-MT is going to be only available in the U.S., limited to 500 units, and offered in either Matte White or CU Later Gray.
Better late than never, right? After three years since the launch of the fifth-generation GR Supra, Toyota will be offering a six-speed manual option for its 3.0-liter models (four-cylinder will remain automatic only). As a 2020 GR Supra owner, I didn’t know what to make of all this at first. I’ve been very pleased with how the automatic eight-speed operates and shifts and felt a manual was something that would’ve been left in the past as most manufacturers are doing away with it. I also remember an intimate conversation with Toyota’s lead engineers back in 2019 that a six-speed gearbox would never happen because it’s not optimal for performance and would be more expensive to produce. Well, it’s safe to say that narrative has changed… After hearing all the hate, begs, and banter from the netbangers, the manual GR Supra has arrived, and I was lucky enough to be one of the first to check out this A91-MT edition.
While I couldn’t drive this sexy gray prototype, I hopped in for a ride-along. Watching the smoothness of the shifts and feeling the acceleration through each gear made me feel legit pumped up again about the three-year-old GR Supra. While it likely won’t be as quick as the automatic (we’ll have to wait and see), a manual Supra feels right at home, giving the driver more control and feel for the car.
I must admit, Toyota nailed it with this special edition as the “CU Later Gray” paint, “Cognac” tan interior, and new wheel design suit the GR Supra. I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking, but stay tuned in a few months as I hope to share my own driving impressions. Last but not least, below is a list of the 10 essential things you need to know about the 2023 manual GR Supra:
- The six-speed manual transmission will only be available in the 3.0 models. Power remains the same for the turbocharged inline-six at 382hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.
- The manual trans comes from the BMW parts bin; however, has been retooled and tuned specifically for the GR Supra.
- The final drive ratio has been shortened from 3.15 to 3.46 to help with better low in-gear acceleration.
- The center console and placement of the controls have been modified to make shifting easier on the driver.
- A new Hairpin+ setting allows for more wheelspin exiting corners on any hills with a gradient of more than 5%.
- The suspension, chassis, traction, and stability controls have been retuned to optimize the performance.
- Rev-matching using the iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) feature can be toggled on/off.
- A91-MT is the new special edition model that will be limited to 500 units in either Matte White or CU Later Gray (pictured here).
- The A91 will come with “cognac” tan leather seats, red badging, brake calipers and strut bars, a 12-speaker JBL system, and an Alcantara shift knob.
- The manual GR Supra is set to become available in 2023, with pricing still TBD.