Mini to offer more models with manuals

J.A.
By J.A. Ackley
Feb 16, 2023 | Mini, manual transmission

If you love stick shifts, you’re going to love this. Mini is adding manual transmissions to four more models: Cooper Convertible, Cooper S Convertible, Cooper 4-Door Hardtop and Cooper S 4-Door Hardtop.

You can order them now with a manual, and production begins on March 1.

Last November, Mini reintroduced the manual to its Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works 2-Door Hardtops.

If you don’t feel confident about your manual driving abilities, there’s a Mini Manual Driving School. There, you can learn the joy of driving a stick shift.

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Comments
Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
2/16/23 2:04 p.m.

Do I need a convertible mini with a manual transmission? Not really, but I think it's really cool that it is an option.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
2/16/23 2:07 p.m.

You need it more than you realize laugh. I have to say, when I drove the JCW Mini last fall, I was impressed with its clutch. It had a great feel, making it easy for those who don't drive a stick daily to enjoy.

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/17/23 7:14 a.m.

Mini just needs to now actually make there cars mini again. 

ddavidv
ddavidv UltimaDork
2/17/23 7:15 a.m.

"MINI to offer models with increased reliability"  is a headline I'd find more intriguing.

RyanGreener (Forum Supporter)
RyanGreener (Forum Supporter) Reader
2/17/23 7:42 a.m.
ddavidv said:

"MINI to offer models with increased reliability"  is a headline I'd find more intriguing.

I had an F56 JCW Mini for 4 years. I daily drove it, autocrossed and tracked it and all I did were brakes/tires/oil. I know its a small sample size and the car WAS new, but that's pretty decent reliability for me. I do hear they are more expensive to maintain at higher mileage, but not necessarily unreliable.

Cactus
Cactus HalfDork
2/17/23 8:40 a.m.

I thought those models were already available with a stick? Maybe not the current gen? I dunno. 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/18/23 6:56 a.m.
dean1484 said:

Mini just needs to now actually make there cars mini again. 

The R50 was almost perfect, if a little heavy for its size.

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