After being unavailable for better part of a year, the manual transmission will return to the MINI. According to MINI USA themselves, the parts shortage that led to the elimination of the manual transmission (among other options) is beginning to ease. The result is that we should see the option return for November production and available globally.
The global semiconductor shortage and the Russian invasion of Ukraine had forced MINI into the decision to eliminate the iconic option in an effort keep production flowing. What that allowed for was a simplified production process and a focus on options and components that can be more easily maintained in its parts inventory. In MINI’s own words the move was made to “ensure production stability” for the entire range.
Thankfully those days now appear to be behind us and we should see the manual transmission and as of November 2022 manual transmission production will resume for the following MINI Hardtop and Convertible models equipped:
- F56 MINI Cooper 2-door Hardtop
- F55 MINI Cooper 4-door Hardtop
- F56 MINI Cooper S 2-door Hardtop
- F55 MINI Cooper S 4-door Hardtop
- F56 MINI John Cooper Works 2-door Hardtop
- F57 MINI Cooper Convertible
- F57 MINI Cooper S Convertible