WARWICK, England - Rover Group is introducing continuously variable transmission versions of its new 25 and 45, following the success of the MGF CVT.
Like the MGF, the 25 and 45 will be offered with a Steptronic CVT, which gives drivers the option of shifting manually. Unlike the MGF transmission, which has a Formula One-style paddle shifter on the steering wheel, the 25 and 45 will feature a floor-mounted lever.
Rover spent $8.3 million to develop the technology for the 25 and 45. A Steptronic CVT is optional on the 25 with 1.6- and 1.8-liter engines, and on the 45 with 1.8- and 2.0-liter V-6 units.