Does a manual gearbox make the Supra better?

By Colin Wood
Apr 11, 2023 | Toyota, Manual, Supra, manual transmission, Toyota Supra, Track Test

Photography Credit: Chris Tropea

As our previous tests at the Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park have shown, the fifth-generation Toyota Supra is a capable track weapon: It’s the third-fastest production car we’ve tested, clocking a 1:19.59 fast lap and bested only by the C8 Corvette–one with the Z51 package, and one without.

But what happens when a manual transmission is thrown into the mix? Does rowing your gears make the Supra a better car?

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
4/11/23 11:50 a.m.

Sure, I can't afford any of them, but there seem to be some awesome sports cars for sale nowadays.

ChrisTropea Associate Editor
4/11/23 2:09 p.m.

I hope I get the chance to drive this one before it goes away because the automatic version was really good. 

Rusnak_322 Dork
4/11/23 2:48 p.m.

A manual transmission will improve every car in my eyes. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
4/11/23 3:06 p.m.

Having driven this manual Supra at the FIRM, I can unequivocally say [REDACTED].

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
4/11/23 3:08 p.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

Really? Even after you [REDACTED] with the [REDACTED]?

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
4/13/23 8:15 a.m.

And the review is now live!

Check it out here: Better with a manual? | 2023 Toyota GR Supra track test

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) UberDork
4/13/23 11:14 a.m.

Went to and a manual 3.0 car can be had for sticker price of 58k or so.  I guess I'm going to have to find one to drive once the initial sales gouge dies down.  I also saw some used ones online already for $80k....  used with 11 miles.  

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