The upcoming Toyota Supra may have become slightly less enticing for purists – if a report by Autocar is correct, Japan’s next performance hero may come solely with an automatic transmission, with no option for a row-your-own manual.

Sources told the publication that because the Supra will feature a hybrid powertrain – comprising of a BMW petrol engine, electric motors and supercapacitors derived from the ones in the Toyota TS030 Le Mans prototype – it will only be offered with the self-shifting ‘box.

The transmission should be the same as the BMW Z5 on which it is based, likely a ZF eight-speed unit, albeit with different gear ratios; there will also be all-wheel drive thanks to the hybrid setup. Autocar also says that the Supra will come with electronics from Munich, including the iDrive infotainment system with its associated rotary controller and central display, climate controls and gearlever.

Sitting at the top of Toyota’s sports car lineup – which includes the 86 and possibly an upcoming MR2 – the Supra is expected to be significantly more expensive than the 86 owing to the hybrid powertrain and advanced construction. The swoopy styling will likely be inspired by the stunning FT-1 concept shown at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

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