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Madonna Inn - San Luis Obispo Run Details

Don't miss our run to Madonna Inn, a landmark resort hotel on California's Central Coast, the weekend of July 22nd & 23rd. ...

Driving The New MINI JCW With A Manual Transmission

MINI launched the 2016 MINI JCW with an automatic transmission.  However, PistonHeads got ahold of one with a manual transmission and questions whether it is better than the automatic. It concludes:
Although it shares identical wheels and tyres with our long-termer, this manual JCW doesn't ride on the same two-position Variable Damper Control suspension. Which, for all their best of both worlds promise, have barely been switched out of comfort since we took delivery. Think of the Sport mode more of a track day setting.

Passive and more aggressive

Mini says the alternative passive setup is stiffer again, but we found it surprisingly tolerable. Yes, it's firm, but there is decent compliance and the slightly more frenetic edge it brings seems to give the JCW a much-needed shot in the arm. Based on this experience, we'd happily deal with some extra rowdiness in return for the greater connection it brings.

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