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2004-11-04 12:52

A new five-speed gearbox with a modified gear ratio is used on the MINI Cooper, adding even further to the agility and performance of this nimble performer.

Thanks to a slightly improved torque of 150 Nm at 4 500 r/min, the MINI Cooper rockets from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds.

Whilst the engine output for the MINI Cooper remains the same, the MINI Cooper S posts an increase in performance of 5 kW.

The 1.6-litre power unit delivers a maximum output of 125 kW at 6 000 r/min, giving the MINI Cooper S a top speed of 218 km/h.

The 0 to 100 km/h sprint takes just 7.4 seconds. Also, torque has been increased by ten Newton metres, peaking at 220 Nm at 4,000 r/min.

At the front and rear, the MINI Cooper sports newly designed bumpers which. The specific bumper design of the MINI Cooper S has not been changed.

In addition, all MINI models receive new headlights and rear lights with clear glass covers.

The optional Xenon headlight units are encompassed by an additional ring of light spots, giving this exceptional car another sign of distinction.

The two new metallic paints "Astro Black" and "Black-Eye Purple" also provide fresh impetus, giving MINI Cooper customers a choice of six different metallic and four plain colours.

Additional storage spaces in the centre console, ergonomic door panels with a wider arm rest, a grab handle for the front-seat passenger, a bigger rear-view mirror, a third, side-mounted sun visor on the driver's side, a comprehensive interior lights package as well as the user-friendly buttons and switches of the climate control clearly demonstrate that comfort and safety have been given top priority when designing the interior.

Upholstery for the MINI Cooper is available in 11 different fabric, fabric/leather and full leather designs.

  • Wheels24 managing editor John Oxley is driving the improved MINIs today. Watch this space for the pricing of the improved MINIs as well as what John thinks of the cars.

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