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Mini Officially Ditches Manual Transmission Despite Internal Efforts to Save It

Mini Officially Ditches Manual Transmission Despite Internal Efforts to Save It photo
Mini Officially Ditches Manual Transmission Despite Internal Efforts to Save It photo

It looks like Mini's lover affair with the manual transmissions has come to an end. Back in May, Mini boss Stephanie Wurst told Autocar that the brand was 99% sure that the manual transmission was dead for the brand's next generation of vehicles. However, a source within Mini later told The Drive that 99% isn't 100% and that there was an internal push to keep the manual alive, at least for select high-performance models. Now it turns out that the last internal push may have failed, as Wurst told Top Gear on Tuesday that the new Mini Cooper won't have a third pedal.

“We won’t have a manual, unfortunately,” Wurst told Top Gear at the reveal of the new Mini Cooper.

Prior to Wurst's comments, there was hope that the manual would stick around for at least one more generation. The customer take rate for the current Mini John Cooper Works with a manual transmission is 45%, which is certainly enough to create a business case for the future car. And, as our source told us back in June, adding a manual transmission to the Mini, even for just a few performance models, isn't too difficult. "I mean, it doesn’t take much to punch a hole in the floor of a car and put a gearbox in it. But until we get more product info we won’t know for sure."