MINI: New Year New Options

From 1 January 2005, MINI will be available with a number of new options that further increase the opportunity for MINI owners to personalise their cars.

For the first time, MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper S Convertible will be offered with a six-speed automatic transmission that includes Steptronic mode and Steptronic paddles on the steering wheel as standard. Unlike the MINI One and MINI Cooper Continuously Variable Transmission system, this new automatic transmission has fixed gear ratios which result in quicker gear changes and a dynamic driving experience tuned specifically to match the MINI Cooper S’ sporty character.

This new automatic transmission also features AGS (Adaptive Transmission Control). AGS allows the transmission to adapt in accordance with the driver’s driving style. For example, the transmission will build the revs for longer before changing gear if it ‘knows’ the driver enjoys driving to the car’s limits. The automatic transmission is priced at £1,050.

MINI One, MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper Convertible will keep the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Steptronic, but the option will also include Steptronic paddles on the steering wheel. CVT works without a specific gearing ratio that results in it being continuously variable. It can adapt constantly to the driving environment to hand, offering both smooth in town gear changes and more dynamic transmission slots when the driver chooses to enjoy a meandering B-road. The CVT transmission is priced at £1,050.

MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper S Convertible will also have the option of limited slip differential. Limited slip differential increases traction resulting in improved handling and increased stability. It also ensures that the threshold for Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is increased benefiting enthusiastic drivers as they seek to wring the full performance out of their MINI. Limited slip differential is priced at £100 or is fitted as standard if a CHILI pack is specified. It is only offered in conjunction with a manual transmission.

17" 5-Star BULLET light alloy wheels, previously only available on MINI Convertible models, will be offered on all other MINIs in the range. This wheel becomes standard for any MINI Cooper S ordered with a CHILI pack from January onwards. Customers have the option of keeping the 17" S-Spoke alloy, (previously standard with a CHILI pack) if desired.

17" WEB Spoke light alloy wheels are new two-piece bolted alloys that will be available on all models in the MINI range. Pricing starts at £480 to £1,600 depending on model selected and level of specification.

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Published 10 November 2004 Melanie Carter

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