The model recognized for joyful little vehicles with go-kart dealing with has lengthy been a refuge of stick shift lovers. Individuals who like to really feel tremendous mechanical management of the driving expertise typically discover themselves drawn to the fast reflexes of a tiny automotive and the palpable management a guide transmission offers its driver.
However Mini goes electrical. Guardian firm BMW plans to take the model all-battery-powered by the last decade’s finish. Electrical vehicles don’t have transmissions in any respect — their motors connect on to the axles of vehicles. There’s no want for a posh system to transform the engine’s spin to axle spin.
So, except Mini goes the way in which of Toyota and decides to hack collectively an electrical guide, Mini followers should say goodbye to the third pedal.
Goodbye could be a celebration.
Not the Final Stick-Geared up Mini
The 2024 Mini John Cooper Works 1TO6 Version doesn’t imply goodbye for the manual-equipped Mini. It’s only a assertion of affection for the stick.
Mini says the model is “the purest type of driving enjoyable with a guide transmission in a automotive.” It comes solely in a 2-door hardtop. Like all JCW fashions, it makes use of a 228-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Just like the identify suggests, it mates it to a 6-speed stick.
The 1TO6 Version begins at $45,300, plus $995 for vacation spot and dealing with.
Look Nearer at That Stripe
It wears a darkish colour scheme for a Mini. Midnight Black physique and Piano Black accents hold the look uniform, drawing the attention to the grey bonnet stripe. There, you discover the tribute — the stripe consists of 1000’s of iterations of the stick shift sample discovered on the shifter. The sample is painted on the tailgate like a badge, too.
Inside, the theme is black and grey with crimson accents within the lighting and stitching. Badges positioned across the cabin learn “One in all 999,” telling you simply what number of stick tributes Mini plans to construct.
So far as we all know, that is nowhere close to the final stick-equipped Mini. But it surely means that goodbye is on the minds of Mini designers as they put together for the electrical future. Subsequent yr’s Mini Countryman would be the first Mini constructed on an all-new electrical platform prone to energy the Cooper itself finally.