Did you know that driving a stick-shift vehicle increases fun by 75% and increases your cool factor by at least 50%? Those are completely made-up statistics, but there is no doubt that moving your way through the gears in a manual transmission adds a little spice to the drive and allows you to enjoy a more connected experience with your vehicle. If you agree, we have good news: the MINI Cooper manual transmission is making its way back to the US.
In 2019, MINI suspended the availability of its six-speed manual transmission models. The reasoning behind the move was that they needed to update the fuel-delivery system in order to boost efficiency and injection pressure. “Additional testing and optimization” was needed before they would re-release the manual option. MINI claimed the hiatus would be short-lived – and they are standing by their word.
MINI spokesperson Andrew Cutler says that in early 2020, “Customers will be able to resume ordering [two- and four-door] MINI hardtop and convertible models equipped with manual transmission from March 2020 production.”
2020 MINI Cooper Models with a Manual Transmission
It is important to note that not all March 2020 MINI Cooper models will be available with a manual transmission. But, according to MINI, the Clubman and Countryman will be available in manual this summer, as will the John Cooper Works models. Yes, even the JCW! Initially, it was reported that these all-wheel drive performers would be automatic only, but fortunately, this is not the case.
Did you know that 45% of customers who buy the MINI Cooper S want a manual transmission? No, this is not a made-up statistic! It is why MINI is bringing this feature back. People love it! Consumers cite “fun to drive” as the biggest reason for purchasing a MINI, and for many, this means a stick.
Visit Braman MINI and let’s celebrate the good news together! Ask us about 2020 MINI Cooper models that will be available with manual transmissions. We’re happy to show you why this is an excellent way to experience your MINI. Contact us today.