Toyota GR Supra: how it goes on the track with the manual gearbox

The spearhead of the sports range signed by Gazoo Racing is now also available with a manual gearbox

Alessandro Pinto


– seville

From 2019 Toyota GR Supra represents the flagship of the sports range signed by Gazoo Racing. It had been absent from the market for about 17 years, in which Toyota invested in the electrification of its range as a pioneer of hybrid technology, to reap the fruits of sustained development over two decades with large investments years later. Power of a vision: thanks to a line-up of highly electrified models, ranging from Full-Hybrid to pure electric (up to the most futuristic hydrogen), today Toyota is among the few brands in the world that, falling within the emissions threshold CO2 averages set by the EU, we can afford three models designed for the happiness of those who put the pleasure of driving first. Above all, President Akio Toyoda, a great motor enthusiast and for this reason the first sponsor of the Gazoo Racing sports department. Created in 2015, it can already boast numerous and prestigious successes in the Dakar, in the World Rally and in the WEC, with the icing on the cake of three consecutive victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The road poster for sporting activity today is represented by GR Supra, GR Yaris and now also GR86. The last two are provided with manual transmission as standard and automatic as an option, while the Supra was initially offered only with the automatic. The void has now been filled with a new six-speed manual transmission, tailor-made for the GR Supra with six-cylinder turbo engine 3.0 liters from 340 hp And 497 Nm of couple. It will arrive on the market in the coming months, at a price that will be announced in the coming weeks.


Although the return of 2019 was met with satisfaction by enthusiasts and professionals, the request for a version with a manual gearbox immediately reached the top of Toyota. They did not beg, developing on their own the mechanical transmission iMt, designed and tuned specifically for use with the six-cylinder in-line engine of BMW origin. The engineers had to modify the existing transmission housing, driveshaft and gear assembly. In addition to removing unnecessary elements such as the soundproofing material, with the result of the weight reduced by 21.8 kg compared to the version with the ZF automatic, up to the 38 kg of the Lightweight set-up which renounces the audio system, leather upholstery and to seats with electric adjustment. Uphill and downshift, the rev-matching system automatically performs the double, both upshifting (up to third) and downshifting, optimizing the engine torque when engaging and releasing the clutch. An electronic aid that can be deactivated by selecting the Sport mode, unlike what happens on other cars. The traction and stability control systems have also been recalibrated to match the new transmission, while the Race mode has been recalibrated to allow for controlled drift, before the intervention that occurs when a decent oversteer angle is reached. In addition, the new Hairpin + function automatically grants more movement to the rear when exiting corners when it detects an uphill gradient of more than 5%.


All versions of the GR Supra benefit from retarded suspension, introduced to best match the new manual gearbox. Enhancements include stiffer vulcanized rubber in the front and rear anti-roll bar bushings and newly tuned shock absorbers. The mechanical components of the electric power steering and the operating parameters of the system have also been recalibrated, as has the braking.

how it goes on the track

The manual Supras are lined up in the pit lane of the Andalusian circuit of Monteblanco ready for the double session of three laps foreseen in the test drive. The first thing that strikes you is the softness and long travel of the clutch pedal, whose calibration lends itself better to daily use on the road than the extreme use necessary on the track. Probably a sought-after feature, for a fun but well-balanced sports car like the Supra, capable of giving immediate confidence to the driver. First, second and third are devoured with electronics that help to better mark the changes, implemented with a lever with a longer stroke than its sister GR86 and weighed down by the 200-gram knob that accentuates the inertia of the movement. The involvement given by the use of the manual goes in parallel with that given by the performance of the 3-liter 6-cylinder, whose rumble rises in the automatic heel-toe that occurs in climbing. Down the gas and away controlled in Track mode, which provides electronic controls partially disengaged to widen the smile printed on the face of the driver. When you force your hand, and the Supra is a car that tempts you to do it quickly, the grafts become more contrasted and are not easy to find on the first attempt, as was the case in braking at the end of the straight. Imperfections that can emerge in the pre-series models, which the Japanese technicians, obsessed with perfection, will be able to remedy before arriving in the dealerships.

toyota gr supra

Like it:

  • Rev-matching, makes shifting more enjoyable.
  • Electronic, entertains safely without being invasive.
  • Manual gearbox, for the mere fact of existing.
  • Fluidity of the gearbox clutches can be improved.
  • A bit long shift travel.
  • Infotainment not compatible with Android Auto.

toyota gr supra spec

  • Motor: 6-cylinder in-line petrol; displacement 2998 cc; power 340 Hp; max torque 500 Nm 2600/4500 rpm.
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual; rear-wheel Drive.
  • Dimensions: length 438 cm; width 186 cm; height 129 cm; step 247 cm; luggage compartment 290 liters; weight in running order 1502 kg.
  • Performance: acceleration 0-100 km / h 4.6 seconds; top speed 250 km / h. CO2 emissions: 198 g / km.
  • Price: ND

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