Toyota Mark X G Sports To Get Six Speed Manual Gearbox
Toyota’s quest to produce more exciting vehicles continues with a rumored 6-speed manual gearbox to appear in the G Sports version of the GRX133 Mark X.
The Toyota Mark X G Sports Concept we saw at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January was of course endowed with the 6-speed automatic gearbox found in the standard Mark X line up which straight away made us think of how good it’d be with a manual transmission. Toyota could very well make this happen with a little parts sharing exercise with its European cousin, the Lexus IS220d.
The Lexus IS220d comes with a 2.2L direct injected turbo diesel engine producing 177hp and 40.0kg/m torque and is only available with an Aisin 6-speed manual gearbox. The good news is that mating the Aisin 6-speed to the Mark X’s 3.5L V6 is high on the agenda at Toyota in an effort to continue the Tourer/iR-V lineage which stopped when the JZX110 Mark II went out of production. We can expect the 2GR-FSE 3.5L V6 in the Mark X G Sports version to rise by around 50PS over its current 318PS output and torque to rise to around 40.0kg/m, keeping within the limits of the Aisin 6-speed manual transmission.
At this stage only estimates are being thrown around concerning the price but we can expect the exterior and interior upgrades to add around 1,000,000 JPY (US$11,198) and a further 300,000 JPY (US$3,358) for the 6-speed manual. The base price of a Mark X 350S is 3,525,000 JPY (US$39,466) so the total price for the Mark X G Sports version could reach as high as 4,800,000 JPY (S$53,741).
Source: Best Car