Mini has slaughtered a few sacred cows during its time under BMW ownership – and there’s a new one on the chopping block.
The Mini John Cooper Works 1to6 Edition has been revealed at the Nürburgring 24 hour race, and could be the brand’s last new car with a manual transmission. Autocar reports this will send off the stick shift for Mini after more than 60 years.
Just 999 examples will be manufactured; they’re all headed for the Europe, the USA, Mexico, and Canada.
Mini will offer only one version of the 1to6. It will offer a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, mated with a six-speed manual transmission. The engine packs 172kW of power, and the car hits 100km/h from standstill in 6.3 seconds.
The special edition will be finished in Midnight Black metallic paint, backed by Piano Black exterior trim. It will have 18-inch Jet Black circuit spoke alloy wheels and tinted rear glass.
A central stripe spans the length of the vehicle adding to its sporting feel.
Distinct 1to6 Edition badging is stamped around the exterior of the car including the C-pillar, side scuttles, and on the left side of the tailgate.
The interior styling also features the 1to6 Edition badging on its door sills and floor mats, as well as its Nappa leather sports steering wheel. A 3D-printed badge has also been stamped on the passenger side trim.
“One of 999” decal lettering is embossed on the dashboard behind the steering wheel, and adorns the panoramic sunroof.
Mini has included red accents throughout the interior, with a red coloured design outlining the infotainment system as well as on the gear shifter. Red ambient lighting also features.
The limited-edition vehicle comes with heated front seats, electric folding door mirrors, driver assistance systems, comfort access, a reversing camera as well as front and rear parking sensors.
Mini has included an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that integrates Apple CarPlay, while standard equipment includes wireless charging, a Harman Kardon surround-sound system, and a digital instrument cluster.
The end of the manual Mini comes as the brand prepares to farewell the internal-combustion engine entirely by 2030.
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