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Exclusive: MINI’s New 8 Speed Automatic Transmission Revealed

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch, F57 Convertible, F6X Countryman, Rumor Sep 17th, 2014 12 Comments

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Over the past five years there’s been plenty of speculation on these pages and others about what MINI would be replacing it’s long in the tooth six speed Aisin automatic transmission. The transmission, first seen in the R53 in 2004 has been a work horse for MINI ultimately finding its way (in revised spec) in the new F56. While improvements have made the unit (enough to even find it in BMW’s halo i8 sports car) six speeds doesn’t cut it in terms of performance or efficiency anymore. Enter BMW’s answer: the Aisin 8 speed AWF8F35

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According to sources BMW had considered several options for MINI including the new ZF 9 speed and a dual clutch transmission. It would seem that the existing technical relationship between BMW/MINI and Aisin when it comes to front wheel drive transmissions helped sway them in that direction, there were also other factors at play. For one the BMW felt that the new breed of traditional automatics offers most of the performance of the DCT with greater comfort and higher efficiency.

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The more you look at the AWF835 the more it seems particularly well suited for MINI’s needs. For one the 8 speed has a decoupling mechanism that allows for a reduction in parasitic drag which allows for coasting on overrun – something that BMW has been incorporating in across its range. It’s also built from the ground-up to be compatible with MINI’s start/stop functionality.

Estimated MPG Figures

What does this mean to potential owners? According to sources, the AWF8F35 will add up to a 14% improvement in fuel efficiency when compared to the current Aisin 6 speed. Looking at MPG numbers for 2014 (the last that are available as of today), here’s an early look at what we could see out of a 8 speed automatic equipped F56.

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  • 29 > 33 city
  • 40 > 46 highway
  • 33 > 38 combined

Cooper with Aisin 8 Speed AWF8F35 Automatic

  • 30 > 34 city
  • 42 > 48 highway
  • 34 > 39 combined

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Keep in mind this is straight math on our part and there could be other variabilities at play as MINI tunes this transmission to work with the existing engines. However it’s easy to see what a 14% improvement will do – immediately make the F5X generation of MINIs dramatically more efficient than anything that came before. Now imagine what this would do for the current diesel range – one of which, the Cooper SD we know is coming to the US within two years. Then there’s the plug-in hybrid that we will either see on the next generation Clubman or Countryman.

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The Timeline

If there was disappointment with MPG figures when the F56 was released, they will be quickly forgotten the second the 8 speed hits dealer lots. But the big question is when? Obviously MINI has to be chomping at the bit to get this upgrade out the door. Given that the improvement is so dramatic, we’d be surprised to see the company wait for the 2018 refresh to make the change. Instead we’d expect something much sooner, possibly coinciding with the launch of another variant like the JCW and Convertible next spring or even the Clubman next summer. However these dates are purely based on our best guesses at this point.

One important clue in how MINI roll out adoption if the 8 speed is BMW’s own use of the transmission in the 2 Series Active Tourer. Currently the AWF8F35 is only available in the four cylinder versions of that car meaning the 1.5L three cylinder engine is still mated to the six speed. What that means for MINI is still unknown.

Expect to hear much more on the new Aisin 8 Speed AWF8F35 soon.

Rumor: The Rocketman is Back

MotoringFile Sections: GXX MINI City Car, Rocketman, Rumor Sep 16th, 2014 18 Comments

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Much has been written on the Rocketman on these pages. Earlier this year our sources had told us that the car was undergoing feasibility studies with an eye to bring it to market on the back of a Toyota platform. Ever since MINI Design head Gert Hildebrand and Exterior Design head Marcus Syring dreamt up the idea of the Rocketman while waiting for a delayed flight at a New York airport, there’s been a powerful movement within the company to get it built. While the initial design study was seen as a major success, it died on the vine due to BMW not wanting to invest in a city car version of the forthcoming UKL platform. More specifically BMW didn’t believe the sales volume would ever make up the initial investment unless they sold the car for the same price as the F56 – which to many would be unacceptable.

But lucky for us that didn’t stop the enthusiasm inside MINI for making a city car. And now we have our first promising public quote from MINI Design Chief Anders Warming on the topic. continued →

BMW i3 Outselling Tesla & What it Means for an Electric MINI

MotoringFile Sections: BMW i, GXX MINI Hatch (4th Gen), Rumor Sep 6th, 2014 8 Comments

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Apples to oranges for sure but it’s worth noting that BMW i3 sales are picking up steam. Enough as it were to outsell the venerable Model S by 70% last month. In fact the i3 moved into the second spot in terms of electric vehicle sales in the US in total. As capacity and perhaps even incentives increase, it’ll be interesting to see where sales go. All good but what does this early success mean for the chances of a fully electric MINI?

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MINI’s Top Secret 300 HP All Wheel Drive Plans

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F56 Hatch, F6X Countryman, JCW, JCW GP, Rumor Aug 18th, 2014 37 Comments

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The next generation Clubman and Countryman are due in 2015 and 2017 respectively, will represent major milestones for the brand. Designed to right the wrongs of previous larger MINIs, they will address concerns ranging from design to performance. Unlike the previous versions of these cars, MINI won’t be tackling these problems alone.

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MINI’s 2015 & 2016 Product Launches Revealed

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F54 Clubman Hybrid, F55 Five Door Hatch, F57 Convertible, F59 Roadster/Coupe, F6X Countryman, Rumor Aug 7th, 2014 22 Comments

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MINI has a busy 24 months ahead of it. With the F56 rolled out and in showrooms, the brand can turn it’s attention to all the associated variants. But what gets released and when? Read on for the detailed list. continued →

Rumor: MINI Working on a Small City Car

MotoringFile Sections: Rocketman, Rumor May 19th, 2014 88 Comments

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Ever since MINI Design head Gert Hildebrand and Exterior Design head Marcus Syring dreamt up the idea of the Rocketman while waiting for a delayed flight at a New York airport, there’s been a powerful movement within the company to get it built. While the initial design study was seen as a major success, ultimately it died on the vine due to BMW not wanting to invest in a city car version of the forthcoming UKL platform. More specifically BMW didn’t believe the sales volume would ever make up the initial investment unless they sold the car for the same price as the F56 – which to many would be unacceptable.

But lucky for us that didn’t stop the enthusiasm inside MINI for making a city car. continued →


BMW to Build MINIs in Mexico?

MotoringFile Sections: Rumor May 16th, 2014 48 Comments

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It doesn’t take a mathematician to understand that building MINIs in the UK isn’t ideal if your biggest market is in the US. With currencies being what they are, it’s always made MINIs sold in North America much less profitable than those sold in Europe and elsewhere. Now BMW may finally have a plan in place to rectify this issue. Simply make them in North America skirting by all those currency issues.

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