Here’s the question from MotoringFile reader Olin:

>I hear the 07 Cooper S with the JCW upgrade may be offered in an automatic. Any word on this?

One thing to clear up is that the 2007 MINI will not be available with the JCW engine package. BMW/MINI are currently busy finishing development of the upgrade for the R56 and it should be available as a factory option for the 2008 model year.

Now getting to the actual question. Yes, to the joy of MCSa fans and the detriment of many purists, the next generation JCW will be available with an automatic. It’s unclear if it will be available at launch but I’ve been assured that it will not only be available throughout the world (as it is now) but also in the US.