enthusiasts were clamoring for a manual gearbox, but at what cost

With a few new colors, it’s pretty much a refresh to the lineup with the addition of a manual gearbox for the 3.0-litre.

Prices start at £49,495 for the 2.0-litre auto, £53,495 for the 3.0-litre manual, with the Pro version costing £55,995 and £57,495 for the 3.0-litre automatic. Just to be clear, the manual version isn’t quite as fast from 0-62mph (4.6s versus 4.3s for the auto), has the same electronically limited top speed of 155mph, produces more CO2 (198.3g/km vs. 188g/km for the auto) which puts the car in a different VED class (£1,420 for the first year vs. £945 for the auto) and, although we don’t don’t have definitive numbers, the manual will also use more fuel.

For some, it’s a small price to pay for the extra interaction they get with the car and the driving satisfaction that a manual gearbox undoubtedly brings to the experience. But, like the Porsche 928, isn’t the market for these big, powerful coupes relatively small, dangerously close to doom and primarily aimed at high-speed luxury peregrinating, which ZF’s accomplished auto is more that able to provide?

Outside of a few fans online, I just don’t see typical Supra owners signing up to #savethemanual anytime soon.

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