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Old 01-27-2006, 11:20 AM
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Video of next gen 2007 Cooper S testing at the "Ring"

http://movies.autoexpress.co.uk/auto...ini_cooper.mov

Most impressive!
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Wow this thing is flying
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Originally Posted by gavriil
Wow this thing is flying
..and the track is somewhat wet.
It has a nice engine note too.
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The JCW GP at Geneva










The MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works (JCW) GP Kit will make its first public viewing at the Geneva Motor Show. The fastest, most powerful production MINI ever will reach 62mph in under 6.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 146mph. The GP has a power output of 218bhp, a stunning 136bhp per litre, and a maximum torque of 245Nm.

Only 2000 of this special production model will be built and 444 are bound for the UK from July onwards. The guide price is £22,000 which includes £10,000 worth of additional equipment if specified on a standard MINI Cooper S. Almost three-quarters of the UK allocation have already been ordered by MINI enthusiasts six months ahead of launch.

In the interests of power to weight ratio, the car weighs approximately 40 kilos less than a standard MINI Cooper S. This has been achieved by modifications to the chassis and engineering tweaks. The longitudinal control arms on the rear axle are now made of aluminium and the sound-deadening material has been taken out.

The entire rear seat bench has been removed. In its place is a very neat flat loading area that can be folded up in a Z-arrangement for easy access to two additional storage boxes.

Standard equipment includes: limited slip differential, Dynamic Stability Control, Recaro sports seats in Panther Black leather (standard block cloth sport seats in the US) , single CD, air-conditioning and a multi-function steering wheel. The car also features JCW sports brakes, JCW sports suspension and exclusive low-profile tyres and 18-inch light-alloy rims.

The special edition will only be available in exclusive metallic paintwork called Thunder Blue combined with a Pure Silver roof and Chili Red door mirrors.

A new aerodynamics package has been added that significantly improves the car’s drag coefficient and downforce on both front and rear axles, enhancing the driving experience at high speeds. New highlights are the front and rear air dams, the extra low side-sills, and the underfloor cover, as well as a wing-shaped rear spoiler.

The ‘MINI GP’ will join the existing JCW range of aftermarket and production option kits. The first engine tuning kit was launched in 2003 as an aftermarket option, and over 10,000 have been sold worldwide since that date. From the end of 2005, the kit became available as an Oxford production line fit and a new aftermarket version was launched for the MINI Cooper S with automatic transmission.
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hahaha that looks stupid as hell...
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so they added like 30 or 40 hp, and took out weight, and got .3 secconds 0-62? God i would hope they are just understating their figurs.

Oh well the mini's are a kick to drive even a bone stock one is a kick in the head, Though i don't think i could justify spending 14k more than that for a jcw ultimate something something. It's probably pretty cool.
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Next Gen Spied in France with less camouflage




The new MCS rear spoiler will have a middle support where the current third brake light is (the light will be moved to the upper part of the hatch behind the glass)

The rear side glass clearly is taped off to disguise the fact that it will not wrap-around to the back like the current car.

The side turn signals will integrate with the vent differently than the current car and will rest flush with the end of the clamshell hood.

Where the current MCS has two rear faux difusers, the new MCS in this pictures has one large difuser spanning the length of the rear bumper. No word on if it’s real or not.

The boot has been made slightly larger to improve rear storage space and potentially improve rear passenger crash protection. You can clearly see the subtle change in the second photo

The antenna base has been redesigned to look similar to the shark fin style seen on BMWs (and previous MINIs).

The windshield wipers have moved from the hood to the plastic cowl just below the windshield.

The headlights have been pushed to the corners and the taillights will grow wider and shorter.
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MINI USA announces pricing for JCW GP Kit

MINI USA announces the North American Debut of the 2006 MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit (GP) at the New York International Auto Show.

This limited-production, sport tuned model comes exclusively in a two-seat configuration and offers a level of performance that makes it the most powerful MINI available from the factory. The ‘GP’ produces 214 horsepower and is approximately 100 pounds lighter than the standard MINI Cooper S model, allowing it to achieve a top speed of 150 mph.

The two letters “GP” in the name of this unique model stand for “Grand Prix”, paying tribute to MINI’s motor sport pedigree – a pedigree not only demonstrated by the Classic Mini’s Monte Carlo rally wins in the 60s, but by MINI’s competitive successes today, including road racing, auto cross, rally sport and even drag racing.

The MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit will be limited to a production run of exactly 2,000 units worldwide. The US market will receive an exclusively limited number of only 415 of these cars which go on sale this fall with a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price of $31,150 including a $550 destination charge.

Under the bonnet, the MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit features additional modifications to the intercooler, the supercharger and the electronic engine management system. With these modifications this model now boasts a 46 horsepower increase in engine power over that of a standard Copper S model, producing 214 horsepower and 184 foot-pounds of torque at 4600 RPM. The low restriction twin-pipe sport exhaust, adds an impressively throaty sound, underscoring the enhanced sport-tuning of the engine.

The performance-enhanced power plant in the new MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit offers even more on-road performance with acceleration times of 6.5 seconds from 0 to 62 mph. To transfer this extra power to the road, the car comes standard with a limited-slip differential, enhancing traction under acceleration. This feature not only helps to optimize traction on slippery roads, but also during spirited driving. DSC Dynamic Stability Control adds a further level of active safety on the MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit.

An essential feature of the John Cooper Works GP Kit is its sport suspension and sport brakes with components carefully matched to the greater power of the engine. Even firmer springs and stronger dampers enhance the outstanding agility of the car while larger sport brakes with special composition pads add greater stopping power.


The new MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit stands out with an exclusive Aerodynamics Package with deeper, more contoured front and rear air dams and side sills. The roof spoiler with its racing wing profile is a prominent feature at the rear of the roof line.

The MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit also features an exclusive metallic paint scheme in Thunder Blue with the roof finished in Pure Silver. Adding exclusivity to this limited-production model, each MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP kit is sequentially numbered with a distinctive roof graphic just over the side door. The surrounds on the air scoops along the engine compartment lid and in the front air dam are also finished in Pure Silver. The exterior mirrors come in an attractive contrasting Chili Red. And white side direction indicators come standard.


The purist interior of the MINI Cooper S with its John Cooper Works GP Kit exudes more than just a “touch” of motor sport. The rear seat bench was removed to help reduce the weight of the car, and is now a flat loading area. For even greater convenience, the floor can be folded up in a Z-arrangement for easy access to two additional storage boxes. An aluminum finished cargo brace bar behind the front seats helps to keep cargo secure.

The sport interior is fitted with driver and passenger sports seats that come in an exclusive GP cloth/leather upholstery combination and a special three-spoke leather sports steering wheel. The dashboard again underlines the sporting character of the car with a center mounted speedometer and the tachometer mounted on the steering column. Both displays come in Anthracite, with red needles ensuring excellent clarity and readability.


Additional weight saving measures included replacing the conventional rear control arms with ones made from aluminum. This along with modifications the body and omission of some of the sound-deadening material come together to help reduce the overall weight of the car by approximately 100 pounds compared to a MINI comparably equipped Cooper S.
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ahhhhh wat's the red mirror doing there.....
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MINI – first time undisguised:



MINI – first time undisguised:
In September of this year BMW will launch the second generation Mini. The new model is expected to become only slightly bigger, and the styling carefully adapts the traditional features of the current successful car. However, it can be easily recognized by its different front – and rear end with larger round headlights and bigger taillights. Reason for the newly designed higher front end is not only the use of the new larger high-tech 1.6 litre fuel engine developed by BMW but also that it includes a pedestrian protection in case of an accident.
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meh... looks like the old one.
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damn, that little bugger was flying. But it does look just like the older one, looks like more of an update than a next gen...
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^^ The exterior is a mild evolution...the engine(s) are a big change, the suspension/handling is different as well, the interior is quite different too.
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MINI – first time undisguised:
In September of this year BMW will launch the second generation Mini. The new model is expected to become only slightly bigger, and the styling carefully adapts the traditional features of the current successful car. However, it can be easily recognized by its different front – and rear end with larger round headlights and bigger taillights. Reason for the newly designed higher front end is not only the use of the new larger high-tech 1.6 litre fuel engine developed by BMW but also that it includes a pedestrian protection in case of an accident.
Larger 1.6L? The current Mini already comes with a 1.6L, I wonder if that means if the new engine is going to weigh more?
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Originally Posted by Moog-Type-S
^^ The exterior is a mild evolution...the engine(s) are a big change, the suspension/handling is different as well, the interior is quite different too.
didnt think of that....
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Old 05-29-2006, 09:28 PM
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Larger 1.6L? The current Mini already comes with a 1.6L, I wonder if that means if the new engine is going to weigh more?
All engines that are of the same size are not created equal.

While BMW has made some minor changes to the styling of its popular midget car, the big news for the next-generation Mini will be the complete overhaul of its engine range. BMW has designed a new series of four all-aluminum twin-cam engines with French company Peugeot, at least two of which will appear in the "Mini 2." While the capacity will remain the same for all available powertrains at 1.6 liters, the engines themselves are expected to be vast improvements over the hastily designed Tritec engines that Chrysler originally provided for the vehicles. The standard Cooper will receive a substantial bump in its horsepower from 115 to 150, while the Cooper S' new turbo engine will channel its 170 hp into a much more sophisticated package.
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Umm, 20hp bump going to a Cooper S? That is BS
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More info on the next gen engines
As most MF readers may know, several years ago BMW made the decision to partner with PSA (parent company to Citroen and Peugeot) to help build a new generation of 4 cylinder engines. While BMW could have easily taken on the task by themselves, the production numbers and the price point of the MINI dictated a joint effort to spread out the enormous development costs. This is a similar strategy to the one BMW entered into with Chrysler in the late 90’s to build the Tritec family of engines. However, the big change this time around was that BMW would be doing the majority of the design and engineering work rather than relying on another company. It’s no secret that there are folks within BMW who have been looking forward to seeing a more technologically advanced (or BMW-like if you will) engine in the MINI. After all, if there’s one thing that BMW does better than almost anyone, it’s design and engineer powerplants.

So in essence, this arrangement with PSA will give BMW the modern, home grown engine it wants for the MINI at a fraction of the development costs. With this arrangement, BMW was able to rely on PSA for economies of scale, logistics, and manufacturing expertise while they focused on engine development. This next generation engine will be produced for MINI at Hamms Hall in the UK while PSA will produce their own engines based on the same design in France.

Naturally, there are positives and negatives to seeing the MINI’s engine shared with another prominent automaker. First the downsides. For one, the engine will be less exclusive than the current Tritec (thanks in part to poor sales and export Chrysler products over the years). Another would be having the same engine produce more horsepower in rival cars from PSA. In fact, the latter point is looking like a very real possibility as Peugeot is set to introduce the 207GTI with around 180HP. Here’s an excerpt from Auto Express:

Thanks to the firm’s current joint venture with BMW, the 207 GTi will share the same all-new, state-of-the-art 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine that is set to power the next MINI Cooper S.

But whereas the hottest MINI is likely to make do with 170bhp, the 207 GTi will have in excess of 180bhp, in order to compete with its muscular hot hatch rivals. “It’s a simple matter of tweaking the electronics to raise the power,” said a spokesman. That much thrust should propel the supermini from 0-60mph in less than seven seconds, and on to a top speed of nearly 140mph.

As well as searing top-end punch, it should also have lots of power from idle, too. This is thanks to a clever ‘twin-scroll’ turbocharger, which is said to produce strong response at engine speeds as low as 1,400rpm, virtually eliminating lag.


Now let’s consider the upsides. First off the MINI may benefit from the Peugeot tuners work (OEM and aftermarket). On the OEM side there may be Peugeot OEM parts that could be imported to make the 170 bhp MINI into a 180 bhp MINI with stock parts. Then MINI owners may also benefit from being able to use parts from Peugeot tuners OR maybe better put that tuners would have more interest in tuning for the MINI because they could tune for both a MINI produced in greater numbers and the Peugeot GTi that would both have enthusiasts interested in tuning essentially the same engine.

It will be interesting to see if BMW engineers feel the need to respond with a HP increase of their own. It would seem a rather simple tweak on the face of it, especially considering the reports indicating that the JCW Cooper S will feature upwards of 230HP from the same engine.
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still wouldn't buy it.
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Originally Posted by Sly Raskal
still wouldn't buy it.
why? I just recently test drove a MINI a week or so ago, and I'm totally sold. It's an AWESOME car. And that says a lot, since I've just bought a 350Z convertible.
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why? I just recently test drove a MINI a week or so ago, and I'm totally sold. It's an AWESOME car. And that says a lot, since I've just bought a 350Z convertible.
It doesn't fit my needs or entice me to buy one. If I was wealthy and had the money to blow, I may consider it. But for how much they cost with the options, I'd rather get an WRX to have some fun with.

I'm sure they are fun to drive, just doesn't suit my needs, that's all.
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Why don't I see a REAL difference?
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^^ see post #62
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BMW/MINI announce MINI Next Certfied Pre-owned MINI

MINI NEXT Certfied Pre-owned MINI

THE MINI NEXT PROTECTION PLAN.

The confidence you have in your MINI should increase with every turn you take. In fact, the tighter the turn the better. And while every MINI NEXT car is as attractive and stylish as a new one, they can’t rely on looks alone. That’s because each MINI must meet the sky-high standards of our MINI NEXT Program. Only a worthy few are selected for certification. So consider yourself lucky.

Each MINI NEXT car must be less than five years old, have less than 60,000 miles, and pass a rigorous inspection process. Add to that the limited warranty, which covers up to two years or 50,000 miles, and you’re good to motor like new. So feel free to express your exuberance with a loud joyous shout, and know that if you ever need help, like any great do-gooder, we’ll be there for you. practically overqualified.” And, well, you’re right. It’s in excellent condition. In fact, it’s in such great shape the previous owner may want it back. That’s why we’ve prepared this handy-dandy guide for thwarting any previous owner’s attempts at getting their MINI back.

WE’VE BEEN INSPECTED.
Each MINI NEXT car has been inspected bonnet-to-boot by a MINI trained technician. We like to think of it as a massage. It’s a process—carried out by some of the most dedicated technicians in the business—meant to refresh your MINI and ensure that the first feelings you experience out on the open road are ones of pure and utter goodness.

WE’RE UNDER WARRANTY.
The 2-year/50,000-mile MINI NEXT Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty protects you against defects in materials or workmanship. All covered repairs are made by MINI trained technicians, using only original MINI parts, so go ahead and motor like you mean it. Oh, and don’t worry about third-party adjusters coming between you and motoring. Your MINI Dealer can determine if your repair is covered on the spot.

Although the MINI NEXT Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty is pretty comprehensive, it’s not an extension of the MINI New Passenger Car Limited Warranty. The MINI NEXT Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty takes over when the original MINI New Passenger Car Limited Warranty expires and provides somewhat different coverage.

WE’LL COME TO THE RESCUE.
The road can be adventurous. That’s why every MINI NEXT car comes with Roadside Assistance for two years or 50,000 miles (whichever comes first).† Available any time of day, on any day of the year, this MINI NEXT Roadside Assistance Plan covers you no matter where you are in the U.S. All it takes is a single toll-free call. we’ve got you covered.

IN GENERAL:
The MINI NEXT Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty is designed to protect MINI NEXT motorists from defects in materials and workmanship on covered parts and components. This broad coverage includes the following parts and systems:

Engine
Automatic/manual transmission
Drive shaft
Front suspension
Rear suspension
Steering
Brakes
ABS brake system
Electrical
Air conditioning/heating system
Cooling system
Fuel system
The 2-year/50,000-mile MINI NEXT Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty protects you against defects in materials or workmanship. All covered repairs are made by MINI trained technicians, using only original MINI parts, so go ahead and motor like you mean it. Oh, and don’t worry about third-party adjusters coming between you and motoring.
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Scoop: 2007 MINIs Trim Down & Speed Up

The 2007 Cooper S will have an output of 175bhp while the Cooper will get similar bump up to 120bhp according to our sources in the UK. But that added power isn’t the only reason why the 2007 Cooper and Cooper S is set to outperform the previous generation MINI.

A few months back we alluded that the R56 Cooper S would be at least slightly lighter than the current car. What we didn’t know is that this weight reduction has been described as significant by those in the know. Our source went onto say, “knowing that we only got a 88lbs savings from the GP, what you will see with the 2007 MCS will probably shock a few people.” That weight reduction combined with increased power and torque (delivered more evenly through the rev range we’re told) should create increased performence on both the road and track.
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Styling looks more retro then the original. So the new Mini look more like an old Mini. Not sure if I'm feeling it...
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I dont knowe why, but i have an unhealthy hate towards minis and mini owners, especially guys......guys that think their mini werks john cooper shit is the fastest thing on the road.
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Hybrid Mini offers 640 hp, 0-60 in 4.5 seconds

http://www.leftlanenews.com/2006/07/...in-45-seconds/

A British engineering firm has put together a high-performance hybrid version of BMW's Mini Cooper. The PML Mini QED has an output of 640 horsepower, according to PML. It has a top speed of 150 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. The car uses a small gasoline engine with four 160 horsepower electric motors on each wheel. The car employs a brake-by-wire system to recoup some lost energy under braking. The motors are able to provide ABS and traction control with guidance of the car's onboard computer. The Mini QED is a plug-in hybrid, meaning it can be charged directly from a power outlet. The car will "not be generally commercially available," according to its creators. However, the company is "interested in discussing possible one-off orders and collaborations."


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640 hp?!?!?!?! That's insane.

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Weight reduction & Torque #'s

Weight reduction info:
Exclusive: As we mentioned last week the MCS will be going on a thorough diet when the next generation rolls out in a few months. However until now we’ve only heard rumblings of what the final figure would be. We can now report that the next generation MCS will weight at least 180 pounds lighter than the current car. We’re told that a healthy portion of that savings will be from the new aluminum block - the best place to take weight considering vehicle dynamics. That figure, combined with the increased power (175bhp) and better weight balance, should give the car a noticeable performance boost over the current R53.

The Cooper will see less of a weight reduction since it’s coming from a lower weight than the current MCS. However expect it to have a similar percentage of weight shed.


Torque info:
We know that the 2007 MINI Cooper S will have 175bhp, but how about torque? From what our (always reliable) sources are telling us, the ‘07 MCS will have 175 lb-ft of peak torque with it’s new BMW design 1.6L turbocharged engine compared to the R53s 162 lb-ft. Even better, the torque curve shoots up sharply at the low-end and then levels off throughout the band. And turbo lag is basically non-existant.

That very broad torque band in combination with a lack of any lag will make the car extremely drivable and eager at throughout the range. In fact we’re told that this characteristic will be the most obvious difference between the current supercharged engine.
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MINI size revealed

Exclusive: Various numbers have been bandied about concerning the overall increase in length of the 2007 MINI. However we’ve heard from several sources the same number and now we can confirm that the 2007 MINI will grow just a little over two inches with no discernible difference in passenger space. The added length will help the R56 meet the new European pedestrian crash test standards.

Interestingly we’re told that all other dimensions are within 1-2 inches of the current model, and not all are bigger.
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Autoweek drives the new MINI prototype

The car we drove, was still for a small part covered with tape, but you don’t need much fantasie to see through the tape and conclude that there probably rarely was a model of which the new generation looks so much like the last one.

So it’s just a tacky facelift? No it’s not. Because different from what we believe at first sight, not one panel is the same as before.

So the exterior doesn’t bring much new, but because of the new motor and an improved suspension you might ask how it handles. And to that question we can give the anwer.

We’re in the middle of a heatwave, the shaking air above the asfalt of Circuit Park Zandvoort looks inviting. We are standing next to a prototype. We see them often enough, but to drive one is even for an experienced autojournalist a special experience.

It’s a Cooper S which we are allow to race. And that we do, with a devlish pleasure. The current Mini is known for the kartingfeeling, the new gives you that even more.

In spite of the front wheel drive the understeer is still kept to a minimum, and almost every attempt for oversteer isn’t succesfull.

The Mini does exactly what the steeringwheel says; nothing more and nothing less. And the steeringwheel is super direct.

The enforcement is speed-dependent and with one push of the button you make it even more solid.

The completely new motor, a 1.6 turbo with 175bhp was developed with Peugeot and makes his debut in the new Mini. Thanks to a ingenious system the normal turbo lag has almost been eliminated.

For an extended drive-impression of the next Mini read the Autoweek which appears on the 2nd of August.








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Seems like this will be the exception to the rule of new gen cars - almost all the others are getting bigger and heavier.
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"Almost" completed interior shots.

Still plenty of camo, tape, & prototype plastic...but very close to production.











...and the "key" fob. (Looks very similar to series 1 "key"
Place fob into dock near steering wheel..depress clutch and push engine start button.

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MINI second model generation breakdown:

Everything’s new – and once again typical of MINI all the way: After more than 800,000 units sold, the MINI will soon be entering the market in thoroughly enhanced design and with fundamentally new features.

The second model generation of today’s modern MINI is making its debut with brand-new power units, a carefully but thoroughly upgraded interior, and evolutionary body design with appropriate modifications wherever required. Indeed, all these innovations underline the individual character and premium standard of the MINI. And while each and every detail has been changed or modified, the new model naturally retains all the proven and unmistakable features of the MINI clearly recognisable at very first sight. This applies both to the silhouette of this compact two-door immediately recognisable from every angle and to the car’s equally unique and agile driving characteristics.

The power units and transmissions, suspension and steering, brakes and safety systems are all brand-new developments from the ground up. And all these features serve to give the new MINI that legendary go-kart feeling right from the start – but now with an even higher standard of agility than before. This, quite literally, is MINI at its best – both in design and handling.

The new MINI is entering the market in the guise of the MINI Cooper (88 kW/120 hp) and MINI Cooper S (128 kW/175 hp), with the MINI One “basic” version following somewhat later. And once again, the new MINI will also be available with a turbodiesel offering a particularly high standard of all-round economy in the drivetrain.


Two new petrol engines with innovative highlights in technology.

The new MINI Cooper and the new MINI Cooper S come with two four-cylinder petrol engines each displacing 1.6 litres. Both of these power units are the first representatives of a new range of engines boasting innovative features from the ground up. They each come with two overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder driven by a chain. The engine block and cylinder head, in turn, are cast out of a special aluminium alloy.



In terms of both power, performance and efficiency, these innovative drive units set new standards in the MINI segment, boasting many design features and technical details so far only to be found in higher segments of the market. A volume flow-controlled oil pump, for example, as well as a water pump switching off automatically when not required, serve to reduce fuel consumption to an even lower level than usual. And at the same time it almost goes without saying that the new power units comply in full with the strict Euro 4 emission standard.

The MINI Cooper features a normal-aspiration power unit developing maximum output of 88 kW/120 hp at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 160 Nm/118 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm. The intake valves are controlled in a fully variable process by the BMW Group’s absolutely unique VALVETRONIC technology, allowing the engine to breathe freely, without the usual restrictions imposed by a throttle butterfly.

Valve lift and opening times are masterminded by infinite electronic control adjusting to the driver’s needs for power and performance. This highly efficient valve management combines superior fuel economy, a high standard of motoring culture, spontaneous response and optimised emission management, thus offering a new combination of qualities never seen before.

The even more powerful engine featured in the new MINI Cooper S is a turbocharged power unit with direct gasoline injection. Turbocharging is provided by an elaborately designed twin-scroll turbocharger fed with a separate flow of exhaust gas from two cylinders each. Benefiting from this configuration, the turbocharger cuts in right from the start at low engine speeds, almost completely eliminating the so-called “turbo gap” when accelerating.

Maximum torque of 240 Nm or 177 lb-ft comes at just 1,600 rpm, maximum output of this turbocharged four-cylinder is 128 kW/175 hp at 5,500 rpm.

Apart from extremely high output per litre of approximately 110 hp, the combination of a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection also ensures superior fuel economy, a high standard of motoring culture, and very efficient emission control.

Evolution in exterior design, revolution in the cockpit.

The revised body design of the new MINI not only considers the even stricter safety standards to be observed in future, but also – with the car’s dimensions increasing only slightly, for example with exterior length up by approximately 60 millimetres or 2.76´´ – accentuates the proportions and design features so typical of the MINI. As a result, the new MINI not only retains the proportions so typical of the car, but naturally also boasts characteristic features such as the hexagon grille, large headlights, the diagonal joint between the engine compartment lid and side direction indicators as a clear reminiscence to the welding seam on the classic Mini stretching out over exactly the same connection line in the past, and the upright rear light clusters.

From the side, the car is naturally still dominated by glazing all round the passenger cell, the extremely short body overhangs both front and rear, and the extra-large wheels, all of these features once again accentuating the masculine “stance-on-the-wheels” character so typical of the MINI.

“Evolution on the exterior of the car is supplemented by revolution in the interior”, states MINI’s Chief Designer Gert Hildebrand. So reflecting the formula of offering “maximum car on minimum space”, the interior of the new MINI looks even lighter than before, but is even more generous in its features. Moved far to the outside, the air vents accentuate the horizontal orientation of the dashboard and create a harmonious transition from the cockpit to the door lining. Through its separate elements and dividing lines, the dashboard allows superior customisation with inserts more sporting, technical or elegant, depending on the colour and material chosen. And last but not least, the decal elements may be supplemented by up to 16 chrome-plated trim surrounds on the instruments and air vents themselves.

Now even larger than before, the Center Speedo, a genuine MINI icon in the cockpit, comprises all entertainment and, as an option, navigation functions over and above the analogue-face speedometer. Through its high, central position, the Center Speedo allows optimum ergonomic control by both the driver and front passenger, while the slender centre console ensures even more space and roominess within the footwells.

Metallic toggle switches again typical of MINI are featured not only in the centre console, but also as function switches to be found for the first time in the roof lining. The conventional ignition key, in turn, has been replaced by an electronic signal transmitter enabling the driver to start the engine simply by pressing the Start/Stop button after having inserted the round chip sensor in the opening next to the steering wheel. Again, features of this calibre enhance the character of the interior cockpit to an even higher standard. The new MINI is the consistent evolution of its highly successful predecessor.

Both in design and in its driving characteristics, the new model takes up all the strengths and elements already boasted on the former MINI, using well-conceived modifications and demanding technology to give these features an even higher level of quality. And it virtually goes without saying that the new MINI fulfils all the high quality, technology and safety standards of the BMW Group as a whole, thus ranking supreme in its segment in every respect.

Innovative Drive Technology for Enhanced Driving Pleasure and Efficiency.

More power, greater economy, more driving pleasure, less emissions – the introduction of innovative petrol engines brand-new from the ground up is not only the key to enhanced driving dynamics in the MINI, but also an important step in the process of implementing the pledge made by the European automotive industry to cut CO2 emissions to a fleet average of 140 g/km by the year 2008. “Introducing the new range of engines, we have succeeded in carrying over the most demanding and technically sophisticated engine technology to the segment of small and compact cars”, states Erich Sonntag, the Drivetrain Project Manager in the development of the new MINI. “Our fundamental philosophy is that of Efficient Dynamics. In other words: enhanced performance on less fuel.”

The first representatives of the new engine family are a normal-aspiration and a turbocharged power unit each with four cylinders and built at the BMW Group Engine Plant in Hams Hall, Great Britain. Compared with the previous power units, both of the new engines have been turned around by 180°, with the exhaust side now facing to the front.

The engine block as such is highly similar on both the normal-aspiration and turbocharged petrol engines: Both power units share the same distance between cylinders of 84 millimetres or 3.31´´, the same bore of 77 millimetres or 3.03´´, stroke of 85.5 millimetres or 3.37´´, and, accordingly, engine displacement of 1,598 cubic centimetres.

The two-piece bedplate structure of the crankcase is a technology carried over from motorsport, with the cylinder block and bearing cast out of an aluminium alloy. Integration of the chainbox into the crankcase helps to save weight, improve engine acoustics, and reduce the number of components and design features required.

Yet a further innovation in the MINI segment is the introduction of a volume flow-controlled oil pump on the engines. Driven by a chain, the pump delivers only as much oil at any time as is actually required by the engine, thus reducing the drive power required by the ancillary units by approximately 160 Watt, saving approximately 1.25 kW at 6,000 rpm, and reducing fuel consumption by roughly 1 per cent. The on-demand water pump featured in the coolant circuit offers a similar effect, only being switched on when the engine has reached its regular operating temperature. This helps to save fuel in the warming-up phase, with the catalyst reaching the temperature required for optimum efficiency more quickly and efficiently than before.

Both engines come with composite-structure camshafts. And contrary to conventional castings, the cam rings are made of high-strength stainless steel and are shrunk-fit on to the camshaft as such, after which the cams are fine-polished down to an accuracy of 1?1,000 th millimetre. The eccentric shaft for phase adjustment is also made in this process, helping once again to save weight.

The lightweight concept consistently applied in developing the new MINI’s power units also serves to reduce frictional losses. The crankshafts on both drive units, for example, are weight-optimised in their construction and come with special bearing shells as well as relatively small bearing journals measuring just 45 millimetres or 1.77´´ in diameter.

The alternator and air conditioning compressor, in turn, are each driven by one single poly-V-belt, while the water pump is driven by a friction wheel. Both of these features help to make the power units featured in the new MINI particularly compact, the new engines thus ranking among the shortest four-cylinders in their class.

Normal-aspiration power unit with fully variable valve control.

Notwithstanding all their similarities and, indeed, common features in their overall design and configuration, the two power units in the new MINI differ significantly in terms of their cylinder heads: The 1.6-litre normal-aspiration engine featured in the MINI Cooper comes with fully variable valve control developed on the basis of the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology.

The particular forte of this valve management concept is that valve lift and the intake valve opening periods are modified within fractions of a second to current power and performance requirements. To provide this effect the camshaft does not act directly on the valves via a rocker arm, but rather incorporates a further lever in between, where the pivot point is adjusted by an eccentric shaft driven by an electric motor. So depending on the position of the pivot lever, intake valve lift is varied infinitely between 0.2 and 9.5 millimetres (0.008 – 0.374.´´). And the entire process of switching over from minimum to maximum valve lift takes just about 300 milliseconds.

This technology provides the same effect that otherwise requires adjustment of a throttle butterfly within the intake manifold of a conventional engine. Variable valve management thus renders throttle butterfly control superfluous and avoids the disadvantages of undesired air swirl in the intake manifold particularly when running under half-load. And while the new normal-aspiration power unit of the MINI Cooper still incorporates a throttle butterfly, the throttle butterfly in this case serves only emergency and diagnostic functions and otherwise remains fully open under normal operating conditions for a smooth and dynamic flow of the fuel/air mixture. The underpressure required by the brake servo, finally, is generated by a vacuum pump driven by the outlet camshaft.

In addition to variable management of valve lift on the intake side, valve timing on the intake and outlet side are spread apart individually as a function of engine speed. Valve timing is therefore also infinitely controlled, with a spread range of 70° on the intake and 60° on the exhaust camshaft.

Again, this entire adjustment process requires a mere 300 milliseconds when needed, such an extremely high reaction speed being ensured by way of a high-performance 32-bit computer networked with the engine management system as a whole. Interacting with one another, variable valve lift and engine speed-related camshaft management serve to optimise the torque and power curves.

Even at low engine speeds, therefore, the power unit of the new MINI Cooper develops high torque, while at high engine speeds it delivers a lot more power than conventional engines.

A further advantage is that both technologies help to significantly reduce fuel consumption: Depending on the route, fuel consumption is down by up to 20 per cent and in the EU test cycle the car’s fuel consumption has been reduced by approximately 12.5 per cent.

Yet a further advantage is the ability of the engines to run smoothly and reliably on any grade of fuel quality. This is indeed an essential criterion for a global player like MINI. This versatility is also ensured by the single ignition coils masterminded by the engine’s electronic control unit for optimum ignition voltage on the spark plugs in each cylinder. Anti-knock control, finally, enables the engine to run on various fuel grades between 91 and 98 octane.

The 1.6-litre normal-aspiration engine develops maximum output of 88 kW/120 hp at 6,000 rpm and has a top engine speed of 6,500 rpm. Torque is a significant 140 Nm or 103 lb-ft at just 2,000 rpm, with the engine reaching its peak torque of 160 Nm or 118 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm. With its wide useful range of engine speed, the compact power unit therefore combines optimum driving pleasure with superior fuel economy at all times.

Turbocharged power unit with twin-scroll turbocharger and direct petrol injection.

The turbocharged version of the new 1.6-litre four-cylinder featured in the MINI Cooper S offers even more impressive performance data: Maximum output is 128 kW/175 hp, a figure which certainly sets the standard for an engine of this size reaching its maximum power at 5,500 rpm.

The engine’s peak torque of 240 Nm or 177 lb-ft is maintained consistently between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm. When accelerating, torque is even boosted briefly to 260 Nm or 192 lb-ft by a short increase in turbocharger pressure. Referred to as “Overboost”, this function gives the MINI Cooper S even more dynamic acceleration, acting exclusively on the engine’s torque, not on maximum output.

The four valves per cylinder are controlled by two overhead camshafts, friction-optimised roller arms, and hydraulic valve clearance compensation units. The exhaust valves are filled with sodium in order to meet the greater cooling requirements of a turbocharged power unit. The intake camshaft comes with infinite phase adjustment setting the valve timing to the driver’s current power and performance requirements. On the road, this means optimum power and torque combined with superior fuel economy and emission management.

Fuel is injected into the turbocharged four-cylinder by means of common-rail direct gasoline injection: The stainless-steel common rail delivering fuel to all cylinders is filled with fuel under high pressure by a high-pressure pump at the rear end of the intake camshaft. Injection valves positioned at the side on the cylinder head deliver fuel from the common rail directly to the combustion chambers with exact dosage within fractions of a second. Four valve pockets and the combustion chamber trough in the middle of each piston ensure optimum stratification of the homogeneous fuel/air mixture, consistently maintaining a lambda factor of 1.0. Running in cast-iron bushes and subjected to high thermal loads also on account of the compression ratio of 10.5 : 1 relatively high for a turbocharged power unit, the pistons themselves are cooled by splash oil lubrication.

Featuring a twin-scroll turbocharger, the new MINI Cooper S is introducing a new technology in its segment in the interest of particularly dynamic and spontaneous power and performance: “Twin-scroll” means that the ducts in the exhaust manifold and the turbocharger are separated from one another in each case for two cylinders. Reducing exhaust gas counterpressure at low speeds, this enables the engine to capitalise on the dynamic action of the gas columns pulsating within the manifold. The result is even better response by the turbocharger, with its blades building up optimum momentum right from the start at lower engine speeds. Charge pressure limited by a wastegate to 0.8 bar starts to build up from an engine speed of just 1,400 rpm, virtually eliminating the “turbo gap” so typical of a conventional turbocharged engine but hardly to be felt at all when accelerating in the new MINI Cooper S. Indeed, the 1.6-litre turbocharged power unit shows the kind of response you would normally only expect in a much larger normally aspirated engine: “The principle to get the same kind of power and performance out of a smaller and more efficient engine, enjoying all the advantages of a large engine, is referred to as ‘downsizing’”, states Drivetrain Project Manager Erich Sonntag. “And developing output per litre of approximately 110 horsepower, the turbocharged power unit of the new MINI is a particularly good example of this principle.”

The flow of exhaust gas rushing by accelerates the turbine wheel to a speed of up to 220,000 rpm. The compressor wheel running on the same shaft, in turn, compresses intake air at the same time. To increase the supply of fresh air to the cylinders – cold air contains a larger share of oxygen – the intake air compressed by the turbocharger flows through intercoolers before reaching the combustion chamber.

The technology for cooling the turbocharger is equally sophisticated in technical terms, with the twin scroll turbocharger in the new MINI being maintained within the optimum temperature range by a combination of oil and water cooling. An electrical auxiliary pump maintains the coolant circulation process for some time after the engine itself has been switched off in order to avoid the risk of excessive heat building up in the turbocharger subject to extremely high thermal loads.

Both engine versions of the new MINI come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The optional automatic transmission available in each case also features six speeds controlled by five clutches to provide an absolutely smooth and consistent gearshift virtually without the slightest interruption of traction and pulling power.

A further feature of the automatic transmission required for setting off smoothly and easily is the torque converter, with the converter clutch being engaged immediately after the car has started to move in order to combine superior comfort with a sporting, fast and dynamic gearshift.

Activating the sports switch, the driver is able to enhance the highly dynamic qualities of the car to an even higher standard by shifting gears even faster in this special Sports Mode. A further benefit is that the driver is now able to shift gears manually by means of paddles on the steering wheel, like in Formula 1. In other words, the driver is not required to take his hands off the steering wheel when shifting gears and is able to fully concentrate on the process of controlling his car especially in an extreme situation. Limited-slip differential for maximum traction.

The six-speed manual gearbox comes in two different configurations: In the MINI Cooper S the two first gears are synchronised by means of a double-cone, while the MINI Cooper features carbon friction plates. As an option the MINI Cooper S is also available with a mechanical limited-slip differential referred to as the Super Differential preventing the drive wheels from spinning by feeding engine power to the wheel with better traction.

The gear wheels themselves have helical gearing on both versions, and it almost goes without saying that all gears – including reverse – feature full synchromesh.

This configuration with six transmission options significantly enhances the agile and sporting character of the new MINI, with the individual gear increments perfectly matched to the power and performance of the engines. The reduction of gearshift forces, finally, ensures even greater efficiency in changing gears.

Go-Kart Feeling in a new Dimension.

The Chassis and Suspension of the new MINI.


From the start, the new MINI naturally offers that very special go-kart feeling which has characterised the brand for more than 40 years. Front-wheel drive, a low centre of gravity, long wheelbase, wide track, short overhangs front and rear, a stiff bodyshell, and firm suspension – these are the ingredients that give the new MINI its superior driving behaviour. “We have given the new MINI a particularly agile set-up on the suspension”, states Uwe Gaedicke, the Driving Dynamics Project Manager for MINI. “And the result is an experience in driving pleasure quite unique in this class.”

Electromechanical power steering with sports switch.

The outstanding agility and nimbleness of the MINI is largely attributable to the new EPAS Electric Power Assisted Steering offering the driver a very natural feeling at the wheel and ensuring direct contact with the road.

Power assistance related to road speed ensures low steering forces for example when parking and a direct response at high speeds on the Autobahn or other fast roads. This serves to further enhance the car’s high standard of active safety, particularly at medium and high speeds.

The new EPAS power steering not only reduces fuel consumption by approximately 0.1 litres/100 kilometres, but also offers the driver two different set-up control maps. The normal map maintains a smooth balance of steering characteristics throughout the car’s entire speed range, while the power steering becomes even more sporting and “go-kart-like” as soon as the driver presses the sports button, in the process also modifying the electronic gas pedal control map for a more spontaneous response also from the accelerator.

The foundation for the MINI’s famous go-kart feeling and, in particular, for the agility of the new MINI is set by the kinematic and elastokinematic configuration of the front and rear axles.

The front axle is based on the McPherson spring strut principle, interaction of axle geometry and the output drive shafts of equal-length both left and right ensuring optimum traction without any adverse effects from the drivetrain.

The central-arm rear axle featured on the new MINI is quite unique in the segment of front-wheel-drive compact cars. Through their sophisticated kinematics alone, the wheels maintain optimum grip on the ground and guarantee agile handling and driving pleasure in all situations, regardless of road conditions and driving manoeuvres. Appropriate weight reduction including longitudinal arms made of aluminium serves furthermore to reduce weight on the rear axle by approximately 9 kg or 20 lb.

Free choice of two different suspension set-ups.

The new generation of the MINI is available with a choice of two different suspension set-ups offering the customer either a truly sporting experience in the MINI or a more comfort-oriented style of motoring. In its basic set-up, the new MINI Cooper is more comfort-oriented than its predecessor, while the suspension of the MINI Cooper S is far more sporting and dynamic, reflecting the car’s superior performance.

Both models are available as an option with sports suspension comprising even firmer springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars.

The front axle comes with inner-vented disc brakes measuring 280 millimetres/11.02´´ in diameter (294 millimetres/11.57´´ on the MINI Cooper S). On the rear axle discs measuring 259 millimetres or 10.20´´ apply brake power smoothly and efficiently.

On both models the brake system is supported by ABS anti-lock brakes, EBD Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and CBC Cornering Brake Control. Emergency situations when applying the brakes are detected, in turn, by the Brake Assistant in the new MINI building up maximum brake pressure as quickly as possible. A new feature, finally, is Hill Assist operating in conjunction with DSC and preventing the car from rolling back on an uphill gradient by closing the brakes briefly when the driver is about to set off. The MINI Cooper comes as standard on 15-inch light-alloy wheels running on 175/65 R 15 low-profile tyres. The MINI Cooper S, in turn, features 16-inch light-alloy wheels and runs on 195/65 R 16 tyres. Seventeen-inch wheels running on 205/45 R 17 tyres are available as an option.Benefiting from runflat technology, all 16- and 17-inch tyres offer superior safety in an emergency, allowing the driver to continue even after a complete flat for a distance of up to 150 kilometres or 90 miles at a speed of not more than 80 km/h or 50 mph, and thus reaching the nearest workshop safe and sound.

As yet a further feature, the new MINI is equipped with TDC tyre defect control recognising a gradual loss of air in good time and warning the driver appropriately by way of a visual signal in the cockpit display. The driver is therefore able to take action before the tyre itself is damaged or before things might become hazardous.

Electronic systems optimising the car’s driving behaviour.

ASC+T Automatic Stability Control + Traction (which may be deactivated if required) and DSC Dynamic Stability Control ensure extra safety in critical situations in the new MINI. DSC counteracts any lack of stability possibly arising on slippery surfaces or with the car oversteering or understeering in a bend. Intervening in the brakes as required and acting on the engine control unit, DSC is able to stabilise the car in such a situation, the new MINI therefore offering maximum driving safety under all conditions on the road.

The new MINI offers not only particularly safe driving behaviour, but also a wide range of special features for optimum protection of the car’s occupants. Indeed, this combination of numerous safety features is based largely on the results of practical accident research by the BMW Group and goes beyond the obvious fulfilment of all safety standards required by law the world over.

As a result, the safety package featured by the new MINI offers everything needed for optimum fulfilment of all relevant crash tests. And yet a further point is that the engineers developing the new MINI considered not only current, but also future standards and legislation, for example in the interest of pedestrians and their protection.

Curtain airbags also protecting the passengers at the rear.

Both the new MINI Cooper and the new MINI Cooper S come as standard with no less than six airbags – frontal, side and curtain/head airbags for both the driver and front passenger. The airbags inflate as a function of the type and severity of an accident determined by means of sensors and calculated by the central computer.

The two side airbags are integrated in the outer side supports on the front seat backrests, effectively protecting the driver and front passenger from thorax injury. The curtain/head airbags, in turn, are integrated in the roof lining and inflate when required as extra-large curtains offering not only the passengers at the front, but also the rear-seat passengers optimum protection from head injury. Three-point safety belts are naturally fitted on all four seats, the front belts being equipped additionally with belt latch tensioners and belt force limiters.

Fitted crosswise at the front, the engine also helps to give the new MINI optimum crash behaviour. Indeed, the entire structure of the body and the choice of materials serve to keep the passenger compartment free of impact energy, wide energy-absorbing zones preventing objects from entering the footwells. Highly stable crossbars, in turn, also help to give the car’s occupants effective safety and protection at all times.

The electrical fuel pump is automatically cut off in a severe collision, the central locking is opened and both the interior lights as well as the hazard warning flashers are activated. So in terms of both the overall concept and all the individual features and details, the safety system featured in the new MINI meets all the demands made of a premium car.
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Preview: 2007 MINI Cooper - - by Henny Hemmes - - Source: The Car Connection

The new MINI is coming next year - and TheCarConnection has driven it.



Though it isn't in final production form just yet, the new MINI has broken almost all of its covers. BMW, MINI's parent company, organized a Driving Dynamics Workshop for the new MINI that will bow on September 28 at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris . TCC was one of the first publications to get behind the wheel of the second-generation, BMW-bred Cooper.





Though it looks very similar to the first version - these final photos have some tape disguising that BMW will remove for the vehicle's Paris introduction - the second generation of the modern MINI gets a new body to go along with its new powerplants and upgraded interior.



The new body design was a must. Stricter safety standards in the near future will impact all vehicles sold in Europe. And in the MINI's case, it meant that the nose of the Cooper had to be raised to create more space between the front end and the engine. The new regulations posed a challenge for the MINI, which stays true to the original design and proportion unveiled with the current car in 2001.



The new nose is not only rounder but also higher. Consequently the beltline is 0.7 inches higher. Overall height is unchanged, so the car's glass areas are slightly smaller. The new MINI has grown 2.4 inches longer, but the wheelbase has stayed the same.



Cooper-ating with the French



The MINI's new engines come from a new family of four-cylinders developed with the PSA Group, parent of Peugeot and Citroën. The technology comes from BMW, while PSA had major input in production engineering and purchasing. All MINI engines will be built in the BMW Group Engine Plant in Hams Hall in Great Britain, while PSA will build their engines in France.



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Initially the MINI will be available as a Cooper with the normally aspirated powerplant with 120 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. It incorporates BMW's Valvetronic technology, with variable valve lift. The Cooper S gets a turbocharged engine with direct gasoline injection. It delivers 175 hp and has 177 lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm. Under acceleration, torque is briefly boosted to 192 lb-ft by a small increase in turbocharger pressure - a so-called "overboost" function. Charge pressure is limited by a wastegate to 0.8 bar and starts at 1400 rpm to reduce turbo lag. The turbo is cooled by both oil and water.



Both engines come standard with a six-speed manual, while six-speed automatic transmissions will be available. Optional on the those versions will be a Sports switch, which will allow faster gear shifts, either by the stick or with the paddles on the steering wheel. A mechanical limited-slip differential will be offered on the Cooper S.



The new MINI uses electromechanical controls for its power steering assist. It also has a sport setting for more spirited driving.



The Cooper's suspension has been redesigned. MacPherson struts in the front are teamed with a central-arm rear axle, an unusual design for small front-wheel-drive cars.


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