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Toyota GR Supra - the legend returns

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But it's an automatic ☹️ (although I note it's got paddles) and I've read elsewhere it has a BM engine! I note that they don't mention that in the official literature.

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Probably targeting the US market - where autos are the norm. Without co-development with BMW, it wouldn't exist and using the same engine for the Supra/Z4 makes economic sense for the volumes involved. Llkewise with the GT86 which was co-developed with Subaru, and uses a Subaru engine. 

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3 hours ago, olddriver said:

But it's an automatic ☹️ (although I note it's got paddles) 

the vast majority of high performance cars (e.g. go look at Ferrari & Lamborghini) these days have automatic gearboxes  of 1 kind or another - 1. they are faster to shift than manuals 2. they handle the high torque/power better.

Apparently a suitable manual gearbox does exist though if there is deemed to be enough demand for it to be cost effective to put a manual Supra into production. 

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