The Mini brand has always been synonymous with driving fun. And next year, the British automotive icon will try and add to this attribute by fielding a relatively new technology to the mix: dual clutch transmission. All Mini models sold in Europe will soon be available with a dual clutch gearbox.
Using the principle of the dual clutch transmission, which essentially prepares the next gear in order to produce quicker shifts, this system ups the ante by adding a few new touches. Mini puts in a load of sensors that lets the gearbox determine when it will shift, based on data from the onboard navigation system (if available).
There is also a feature that gives it the ability to choose when it will go into coast mode. Or when it will activate the engine start/stop function. All these are designed to help the driver become a better, well, driver.
Apart from these features, the new Mini DCT also has an updated shifter configuration. Instead of the sual moving lever, it uses a static selector that lets drivers rock back and forth between Reverse, Neutral, and Drive. Moving the selector to the left puts the system in Sport Mode,, while a physical button places the car in Park.
The New Mini Dual Clutch Transmission will be available as an option beginning in March 2018.