Mini Announces the Return of the Manual Transmission

After a year-long break the first Minis with a manual transmission will enter the market this summer.

Each model in the line of the British brand was available with a manual transmission. This is what the brand's fans appreciated. However, the situation changed in 2019 and the automatic gearbox entered the international market. In particular, 2020 Mini models were sold only with the automatic transmission, as the company conducted calibration tests of its manual gearbox.

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The manual transmission will return in Mini’s models this summer. Initially, it was planned that the first Hardtops and Convertibles with a manual gearbox will come off the assembly line in March, but the dates have been shifted due to the pandemic. The Cooper S, Clubman and Countryman will join the line-up with a manual transmission in the second half of the year.

However, high-performance AWD models will only be available with an automatic transmission. The manual gearbox will not be offered even as an option since it cannot handle high capacity. The same fate will befall the 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP, which is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a power capacity of 300 hp and 450 Nm.

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