Manual take rates on certain models has been increasing and Mini was one of the few automakers helping to make that happen. The brand recently seemed to be embracing shifting your own gears with open arms. Sadly though that isn’t the case anymore.
The brand has confirmed that the next gen Mini won’t give buyers the option to row their own gears, Top Gear reports. Mini has had a real will they/won’t they relationship with the stick. Back in 2019 Mini announced that the manual would be returning to the U.S. Then 2020 rolled around and the manual dipped out again, something about fuel system testing issues. Then Mini announced that the manual would be coming back as standard on most of it’s models for the 2021 model year.
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With Mini planning to launch the next gen Cooper in the summer of 2024, and with more manuals coming for the new model year on the existing cars, you Mini fans that want to row your own gears better go out and get them while you can.
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