The Toyota Supra has become a Japanese performance icon since it formally spun off from the similarly iconic Celica in the 1980s. Most notably, the fourth-generation or A80 chassis Toyota Supra has cemented itself as a cultural icon with its starring role in The Fast and the Furious, its inclusion in racing video games, and its success on the race track. The Supra did fall out of the Toyota lineup before the new millennium but was reborn after more than 20 years on the backburner.
The reborn Supra launched in 2019 with only an eight-speed automatic behind the BMW-built inline six-cylinder, to the chagrin of manual transmission enthusiasts. But Toyota listened to the manual transmission cries and delivered for the 2023 model year. Mated to the 3.0-liter I6 is now a six-speed manual that feeds power exclusively to the rear wheels.
On this episode of Quick Spin, host Wesley Wren gets behind the wheel of the 2023 Toyota GR Supra and puts it through its paces. Wren takes you on a guided tour of this manual-equipped Supra and highlights some of his favorite parts. Later, Wren takes you along for a live drive review and chats with Patrick Carone about the latest-generation Supra, its place in the market, and its spot in history. The two talk about the Supra’s lack of competition in the market and the joy of adding a manual transmission. Closing the show, the pair break down what makes the Supra special.