Watch out VW GTI, Mini is coming for you.
We think that the Volkswagen Golf is the most well-rounded hatchback on the market, especially in GTI and R trims. The GTI is both fun to drive and practical. We took a lot of flack when we said that we preferred the Golf R with the optional DSG transmission, which enables radar cruise control that can bring the car to a complete stop in traffic. The VW dual-clutch is one of the main reasons why we love the Golf GTI and Golf R over their rivals, but now one major GTI rival is getting its own dual-clutch transmission.
German outlet Bimmer Today reports that new Mini models will receive an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that will be called the Mini DKG. This new transmission will replace the six-speed torque-converter automatic that was previously found in Mini models. Not only will this transmission offer quicker shifts than the old unit, but it will also provide gains in efficiency. Along with a new transmission comes with a new gear selector. The new gear selector looks more modern than the old one and is similar to the one used in BMW models. Park is now its own button, and drive gears can be selected by bumping the lever in different directions.
As first shown in the Rolls-Royce Wraith, this transmission will utilize BMW's GPS technology to tell the transmission when to shift. For example, if the GPS senses that the car is about to go up hill, it can downshift into a lower gear to make up for it. This dual-clutch will also have a comfortable crawl feature, which should make it a breeze to drive around town. With the added functions of a start-stop system, an ability to disengage the clutches and coast, and an added seventh gear, Mini models with this transmission will be more efficient. We've always loved Mini's many customization options and the fun nature of its cars, but now the company has given us a huge reason to buy one over a GTI.