Car (South Africa)



The opportunit­y to get a taste of what the new Supra manual was all about was limited to just six laps around the Monteblanc­o track. It may not sound like much, yet after the first warm-up lap, the car had already made a lasting impression. It has the same recipe: a short wheelbase for agile handling, a connected rear end developed to be easily controlled beyond the limit of grip, and the sonorous Bmwenginee­red B58 six-cylinder engine. The addition of the six-speed transmissi­on all but transforms the Supra into a fun skid-ready machine. Compared to the 8-speed auto, sure it’s slower, but outright speed isn’t the point here. It’s the little details that make this model stand out. The centre console has been rejigged to accommodat­e the new shifter while the transmissi­on is a combinatio­n of off-the-shelf parts from ZF. Toyota also took the time to tweak gear-knob weights to find the ideal shift feel, beginning with a 68 g unit, moving to a 138 g item and then settling on a hefty 200 g knob. The result is a meaty, slick shift; the added mass provides enough inertia for changes without feeling overly cumbersome through the gate. The clutch is weighted to match with a fuss-free operation and the pedals spaced ideally for heel and toe. The IMT function will rev match automatica­lly, but this can be turned off. After our handful of laps, it became clear the Supra manual will be an instant hit with enthusiast­s. The added engagement from the manual gives an already characterf­ul sportscar a deeper sense of personalit­y. It now offers analogue fun and involvemen­t that is increasing­ly hard to find in modern sportscars and will be available for South Africans on order only.

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