A MAJOR car brand is set to offer a bizarre new feature in its electric vehicles to make them “driving fun”.
The motor giant will introduce the once universal component to bring a touch of nostalgia to those who miss the traditional driving experience.
Toyota has announced that it will give drivers the option to install a “manual transmission” in their electric cars.
In reality, the system, scheduled for release in 2026, will be operated almost entirely by software.
However, drivers can have a shifter and clutch pedal carried over from a GR86 model, as well as a tachometer.
Reports suggest paddle shifters could also be included.
Toyota said the purpose of this move is to make electric vehicles “fun” and ensure they don’t just become a “commodity.”
Mark Tisshaw, who tested the system Autocarwrote: “Toyota’s manual transmission for electric cars is both remarkable and unremarkable at the same time.”
“It distorts your brain to some extent and successfully tricks you into thinking it’s not an electric vehicle.”
“The gearshift is short and precise and the clutch has power. You can stall it like a car with a manual transmission and let the clutch slip at the same time.”
The system provides functions such as engine braking and coasting that would normally only be possible via a manual mechanical transmission.
Toyota also plans to introduce an “on-demand” feature that will allow you to change your car’s performance to mimic the performance of up to 1,000 other models.
The software optimizes the engine’s torque, power and drivability to give you the feeling of driving a completely different vehicle.
The company has been contacted for comment.
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