New Toyota Supra Will Reportedly Be Sold With A Dual-Clutch Transmission Only

The eagerly awaited Toyota Supra is expected to be a true sports car, though it may be sold exclusively with a dual-clutch transmission, if a new report that came to light proves accurate.

Toyota presented the Supra Racing Concept at the Geneva Motor Show as a teaser to the production model. While attending the event, Japanese publication Info Seek, as cited by SupraMKV, discussed the car with Toyota’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada and were told about Toyota’s racing ambitions and the brand’s thoughts of offering a manual gearbox.

Asked directly if a manual transmission is on the cards, Tada replied that “at the moment, it is not; it is just a dual-clutch transmission”.

He then explained that the next Supra may have too much power to make a manual gearbox viable. He also said that once customers get a taste of the dual-clutch transmission being developed, they’ll no longer yearn for a stick-shift.

Read: Everything we know, from rumors to scoops and videos, about the 2019 Toyota Supra

As for why Toyota decided to preview the road car with the audacious Racing Concept, Tada said the automaker intends on racing the new Supra in the GTE class.

“The next Supra has been developed with the aim of making it a racing car from the beginning… By the way, the next Supra is aiming to be consistent with the ‘LM GTE’ class which is the racing car regulation of the [Le Mans] endurance race.”

It is no secret that the new Supra is being developed alongside BMW’s replacement to the Z4. As such, the two will share a common platform. The duo will utilize different powertrains, however, and the Supra will reportedly get a 3.0-liter turbo-six delivering 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque that should be enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in less than four seconds.

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  • Six_Tymes

    good move

  • Honda NSX-R

    It went the R35 GT-R route

  • ramish rambarran

    Here we go again……………

  • LWOAP

    I’m just waiting for the GTE race car at this point. I’ve lost all interest in the road car.

  • xDRAN0x

    Supra would be the in-between Golf R and Nissan GTR?

    • javier

      almost , no awd though so personally i have no interest

      • xDRAN0x

        good point about AWD.

  • fabri99

    This new Supra is going from great news to terrible disappointment extremely fast.

  • Jweisberg

    “He then explained that the next Supra may have too much power to make a manual gearbox viable.”

    So the new Supra will have more hp than a c7 Z06, GT3 and a viper. Wow so are we looking at a 1000hp supra?

    Give me a break. I doubt this bland supra will make more than 450 hp and if it does they will want an arm and a leg for it.

    • Bo Hanan

      Translation = Toyota (eh, BMW) doesn’t currently have a manual transmission that can handle the power reliably. I bet power at 300 to 400HP. Honda Type-R territory…..

      • LWOAP

        Same here. It’s going to have more power than the previous one but I doubt it will be over the 400 mark. The aftermarket scene is where customers will have to turn to if they want anything more.

  • Craig

    Silly move – I think. DCT is wonderful and advantageous on a RACE TRACK. But people don’t drive on race tracks. They drive on streets where getting up to speed is the fun of a sports car. So when pushed – the new Supra will give us the ‘thrill’ of ONE gear change up to 60. I’d rather do it myself.

  • Hey Toyota, just launch it already!

  • Scino Iem

    “Too much power to make a MT viable.” Do they know existence of Corvette? Think not.

  • Kagan

    Boring

  • Kagan

    335 can’t be correct!

  • Benjamin B.

    The Supra will use the dual clutch? BMW uses the ZF 8-speed torque converter automatic, right?

  • anonymous

    I see everyone bitching about DCT gearbox and saying ‘we don’t care anymore about Supra’.

    I don’t mind having DCT on my Supra. They’re fast AF. And GTE-class Supra?! Count me surprised, Toyota.

  • Arvin Adilaksono

    I suspect this moment will come, well maybe they would offer a manual version eventually but only for Japanese or UK market

  • SteersUright

    The only thing beautiful about the race car are those massive fenders. The only thing the production car won’t get from the race car are those massive fenders 🙁

  • getoffme

    Suddenly a possible DCT in it is a bad idea according to the tools in here. Change the badge and everybody will rejoice. SMH

  • thunder bolt

    Alright, who’s here actually going to buy a Supra ?…………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………ok then, case’s settled.

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