Car reviews - Mini - Hatch - Cooper
1 Jul 2002
By BRUCE NEWTON
THE Cooper comes standard with a new five-speed manual tranmsmission designed specifically for the Mini which mounts directly to the left-hand end of the engine block in true space-saving Mini style. The design of the gearbox allows equal length driveshafts, which means torque steer is much less noticeable. It also has double-cone synchronisers for improved shifting quality. Optional is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which also contains Steptronic control. This means that the driver can choose between normal automatic mode and a more sporty driving mode with a six-gear semi-automatic transmission. Although the continuously variable transmission is still heavier than manual transmission, it is lighter than a conventional automatic transmission.
Did you know?Continuously variable transmission (CVT) is different to a conventional automatic transmission. Where conventional systems need a torque converter, the CVT uses an oil bath multi-disc coupling that is electronically controlled. The transmission itself uses a fixed-length steel drive belt to connect two double cone-shaped belt pulleys which transmit the drive output from the engine, essentially offering infinitely variable transmission ratios.
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