Manual sports car heroes! The 2023 Toyota Supra FINALLY Joins the Nissan Z, Ford Mustang and Others in Offering Affordable Three-Pedal Fun

Toyota has finally released pricing on the long-awaited manual Supra, but buyers hoping to save a few bucks on the three-pedal sports car will be disappointed.

And that’s because the manual Supra isn’t cheaper than its automatic counterpart.

Available in GT and GTS variants, the manual and automatic Supras were priced at $87,000 (+$506) before highway costs and $97,000 (+$506) respectively.

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However, the manual version is 18kg lighter “to improve driving dynamics”, according to Toyota, and possibly reduce the sprint time from zero to 100km/h.

For reference, the automatic version will reach the historic triple-digit speed in 4.1 seconds.

The autoshift Supra also gets by with six gears, while the automatic has eight ratios to play with, which could affect the fuel economy rating, which is pegged at 7.7 liters per 100km for the latter.

However, the manual Supra also has automatic rev-matching technology, so even those without experience can feel like a professional race car driver.

And aside from the transmission differences, the 2023 Supra also gets a reworked power steering and stability control setting, designed to “improve turn response during initial steering input,” as well as ventilated sport brakes with painted calipers. Red.

In addition to the mechanical trims, the new Supra lineup is offered in three additional colors: Copper Grey, Azure Blue and Matte White, but they come at the cost of Suzuka Silver and Goodwood Gray options.

Finally, the top-spec GTS can be chosen with a tan interior, replacing the previously offered red, and each of the 19-inch wheels fitted to the top-spec variants are now 1.2kg lighter.

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Powering both transmissions is a BMW-sourced 285 kW/500 Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder petrol engine, which sends drive to the rear wheels.

But the Toyota Supra isn’t the only affordable front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports coupe with a manual transmission, and it joins the next in offering three-pedal driving pleasure.

nissan z

The Supra’s closest rival, Nissan’s new Z, appeared on the scene last week and offers even more power from its 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6.

Drivers enjoy 298kW of power in the Nissan, but it has to be said that there are 25 Newtons less in the Z (475Nm).

Still, Nissan has to be given credit for offering a manual version of its hero sports car early on, while it took Toyota three years to bring the three-pedal Supra to Australia.

subaru brz

Although not as powerful as the Nissan Z or Toyota Supra, the Subaru BRZ’s power deficit also compares to its price deficit.

On sale starting at $40,290, the Subaru BRZ is more than half the price of the Supra, but still offers plenty of driving pleasure thanks to its 2.4-liter boxer four-cylinder engine.

With power and torque figures of 174kW and 250Nm respectively, there is more than enough performance to enjoy the BRZ at legal speeds.

Mazda MX-5

Australia’s most affordable option for the manual, front-engine, rear-wheel drive formula, Mazda’s perennial MX-5 also offers convertible driving appeal.

While a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 135kW/205Nm may seem underwhelming compared to the company it keeps on this list, consider its curb weight of 1058kg.

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And at $37,990, you could buy an MX-5 for weekends and a sensible weekday family SUV for the same price as a manual Toyota Supra.

mustang gt

It’s a bit cheeky to put this one on the list given that the order books are now closed for the sixth-generation Ford Mustang ahead of the unveiling of a new model next month, but this pony car has long reigned as the sports car. most popular in Australia.

With a powerful 5.0-litre Coyote V8 engine up front, the Mustang GT powers up the rear wheels to the tune of 339kW/556Nm, making it the most powerful car on this list.

And just because its engine power is big doesn’t mean its price is too, because at a starting price of $65,290, it beats both the Toyota Supra and the Nissan Z…if you could still buy one, of course.

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