MINI adds Double Clutch Transmission
MINI is adding a seven-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with double clutch for extremely fast gear changes to the MINI 3-Door Hatch, MINI 5-Door Hatch and MINI Convertible.
As a brand well known for it’s sporty character, MINI is set to further enhance its reputation with the introduction of a new transmission to the range.
Extremely fast gear changes, a high degree of shift comfort and optimized efficiency – just some of the benefits of the new seven-speed Steptronic automatic double clutch transmission available for the MINI 3-Door Hatch, MINI 5-Door Hatch and the MINI Convertible.
Customers can now order this new transmission in conjunction with selected engine variants as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual transmission.
A newly designed electronic selector lever operates the double clutch transmission.
Further enhancing the performance of the vehicle, the new selector lever always returns to its original position after changing between driving mode D, neutral position N and reverse mode.
Pressing the P button activates the parking lock.
S mode can be activated by shifting the selector lever to the left from position D, allowing the driver manual intervention.
The electronic controller paired with the new double clutch transmission includes a shift strategy based on navigation data and supports both the engine start/stop function as well as coasting in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.