Mini has unveiled what could be its last-ever car to feature a manual gearbox, the John Cooper Works 1to6 Edition, limited to just 999 examples. And no, it’s not coming to New Zealand.
The little hatchback’s gearbox is no doubt a tool that an entire generation learnt how to drive with, so it’s rather unfortunate to hear we’ll likely be losing it very soon. It was inevitable though, with Mini set to become a fully electric brand by 2030.
Nevertheless, our ears perked up at the fact the carmaker felt its six-speed manual deserved a special edition model to send it off after 64 years.
Adding to the fun is it’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine which produces 172kW, enough to accelerate the car from 0 to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds.
The JCW 1to6 Edition comes completely blacked out with its Midnight Black body colour, Piano Black trim, and black 18-inch wheels. The list goes on. Setting it apart from any other Cooper is its central grey bonnet stripe and exclusive shift pattern badging found on the sides and rear of the hatchback.
Inside you can find more exclusive touches like its 1to6 logo on the door sills, embossed ”One of 999” lettering next to the steering wheel, as well as a special graphic on the sunroof glass of all places. There’s also a touch of red in places such as on the seat stitching, gear knob shift pattern, and the central infotainment screen surround.
The Mini John Cooper Works 1to6 Edition will be premiered at the Nürburgring 24 Hours on 20 May 2023. Due to its limited run nature, it’s priced at an eye-watering £39,600 ($NZ78,777).