Published on May 20th, 2019 📆 | 5486 Views ⚑0
BMW Z4 manual confirmed for Australia – will the Supra follow suit?
The three-pedal Z4 sDrive20i headlines a glut of BMW model updates for the European summer, including the reveal of an M550i V8.
The odds of a three-pedal Toyota Supra just got better, with BMW adding a manual option to the base Z4 sDrive20i in Europe.
Although Toyota has hinted at the existence of a three-pedal Supra, the cars revealed have been auto-only. We knew a manual development car existed – Toyota confirmed as much last year – but seeing the A90’s BMW twin enter the market with the transmission raises hopes for the Supra, too.
Whether it’ll be offered on the Supra in Australia is another question. In Australia, the ZF automatic is standard fit. BMW Australia has confirmed the manual will be a no-cost option from July production, meaning it should touch late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Speaking with CarAdvice in September 2018, Masayuki Ka, assistant chief engineer for the Toyota Supra, said: “This is not yet finally decided [introduction of a manual transmission], and depending on feedback from the market, we will decide if we should introduce a manual transmission”.
“We have developed it, yes, there is hardware ready. Right-hand drive? Yes, of course. It needs to be sold in Japan, which is a right-hand drive market,” he went on, getting manual enthusiasts in Australia all flustered and excited in the process.
As for the Z4, the manual transmission will be standard on the 20i from June in Europe, with the eight-speed automatic an optional extra. It’s mated with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 145kW of power and 320Nm of torque.
At the moment, the manual is only available on the base Z4, not the range-topping Z4 M40i.
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