Manual Transmission returns to 2021 Mini lineup

By Jared Solomon | on April 10, 2020

Mini Cooper makes cars for people who enjoy driving fun cars. That is why, after all of their models missed out on manual transmission for 2020, Mini has now announced that for 2021 all their models will come with the option of a manual transmission. 

We love Mini! Their cars are super fun to drive and offer the most exciting behind-the-wheel time you could possibly get in a small sports car. Their heritage says a lot about their current cars as well, but because of certain reasons the current lineup of models missed out on manual transmissions. However, the British carmaker has now confirmed that for 2021 their models will offer manual transmission once again.

If you are a person who loves to drive a manual, then you will know just how much more fun they are to drive compared to automatics. If you are a Mini fan, then you will be happy to know that the manual transmission is coming back. Because of the strict emission norms, Mini was unable to certify their powertrains last year and so they had to go through the entire 2020 model lineup without a manual on offer.

It has now been confirmed that for 2021, the standard Mini Cooper with the 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder will be mated to a 6-speed manual in the four-door, hard-top, and convertible variants. The Mini Cooper S with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo will also get the 6-speed manual in the four-door, hard-top, and convertible variants. The Mini Cooper produces 132bhp, while the Cooper S produces 185bhp.

The 225bhp, 2.0-litre turbo in the John Cooper Works hardtop will also be mated to the same 6-speed manual, but it looks like the JCW convertible will continue to be offered only with the 7-speed DCT automatic. The John Cooper Works GP hardtop, with its massive 300bhp output, will also only come with its 8-speed automatic transmission. 

However, it has not been announced yet whether the Clubman and the Countryman, which also get the 300bhp engine, will be offered with a manual transmission or an automatic. The 2021 Mini lineup will be launched in a few months. 

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