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Toyota Supra may offer manual transmission after all

by Ben Hsu

However, Japan seems to be the primary market.

Toyota may come out with a manual transmission for the Toyota Supra after all. Despite many claims that it would arrive with an automatic only, a top engineer for the sports car recently gave new hope to gear-rowers.

As Australia's reports, assistant chief engineer Masayuki Kai recently told journalists that indeed a manual transmission version has been developed. However, they are waiting for market feedback, so there is a chance it may not be sold outside of Japan.

"We have developed it, yes, there is hardware ready," Kai is quoted as saying. When pressed on whether that would be for markets that drive on the left side of the road, he continued, "Right-hand drive? Yes, of course. It needs to be sold in Japan, which is a right-hand drive market." No clarification was made on whether that meant it would be available in left-hand-drive markets.

CarAdvice also noted the following:

"This is not yet finally decided [introduction of a manual transmission], and depending on feedback from the market, we will decide if we should introduce a manual transmission," Kai said.

It should be noted that the BMW Z4, which shares a platform with the Supra, will be automatic only, so perhaps this is another way to differentiate the two models.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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