The Toyota GR Supra is turbocharged and in charge.
Adding a manual transmission to the Supra was always going to be a challenge. The GR team, however, had no problem rising to it, quickly setting about to engineer an all-new six-speed Intelligent manual transmission (iMT).
The task was then to pair it with the existing turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine at the heart of the Supra. That meant circumventing some interesting hard points, such as the centre console, which in its current configuration would result in bashing one’s knuckles into the aircon when shifting to gears 1, 3 or 5. Not very driver-focused, I’m sure you’ll agree.
So, after much tweaking and moving and expanding, we’ve arrived. I’m seated inside the driver’s pew with room aplenty for my right hand (I’m in a left-hand-drive Supra). This is the Monteblanco racing circuit in Spain, and I’ve been allowed to row my own gears for an hour or so on its immaculate asphalt.
At the heart of this new relationship is a newly engineered large-diameter clutch. Its greater friction area and reinforced diaphragm spring ensures that it’s capable of high-performance demands – specifically the Supra’s 250kW and 500Nm payload.