The corporate by no means meant to cease. However again in Could, provide chain issues pressured BMW’s Mini division to cease constructing stick-equipped vehicles.
The handbook transmission is a uncommon sighting as of late. Practically 90% of autos on the market within the U.S. within the 2022 model 12 months don’t even have one accessible as an choice. One current report discovered that as few as 6% of vehicles are actually offered with a 3rd pedal.
However Mini has at all times offered a better proportion of manuals than most automakers. Mini’s vehicles, with their give attention to enjoyable dealing with over uncooked energy, enchantment to a sure sort of driver who loves having extra direct management over their automobile.
These drivers have an choice once more. Mini says it should begin constructing 2-door hardtops with handbook transmissions subsequent month. That features sporty Cooper S and high-performance John Cooper Works fashions.
The stick shall be accessible solely on 2-door fashions for now. Mini hasn’t supplied an replace on when, or whether or not, the clutch pedal will return to the remainder of the lineup.
Mini lovers, nevertheless, ought to know they’ve a window of just some years to purchase a handbook Cooper. BMW has introduced plans to make the model all-electric by 2030. Electrical vehicles lack transmissions altogether, although Jeep as soon as discovered a method round that downside.