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New Mini chopped

2008-12-01 08:05
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mini
Model Cabriolet
Engine 1.6l, turbo
Power 88kW, 128kW
Mini’s second-generation cabrio features revised suspension and more powerful, yet efficient engines.

All the carry-over improvements from the new hard-top Cooper range are incorporated into the soft-top version too. Subsequently you get both the naturally aspirated (88kW) and turbocharged (128kW) 1.6l engines.

Tuned for a perfect blend between performance and economy, these engines provide sprightly performance and keen economy, returning a claimed 6.1l/100km for the Cooper and 7.2l/100km for the S.

Mini says it’s a four-seater cabriolet, but really, those rear-seats are only good for transporting garden gnomes home from the nursery – roof down the boot space shrinks to just 125l.

Comfort and convenience improvements over the first-generation Mini cabriolet include automatic air conditioning as well as USB and Bluetooth support and iPhone/iPod connectivity.

The latest Mini cabrio’s sliding soft-top roof, can be automatically lowered in just 15 seconds even at speeds of up to 30km/h.

Mini designers have added an ‘Always-Open Timer’ on the dash informing the driver exactly how long they’ve been driving with the top down, thereby ensuring sunscreen SPF factors can be calculated against exposure, and lotion aptly reapplied - if that's your sort of thing...

Adding to the safety of the diminutive cabrio is a new single-piece rollbar behind the rear seats extending across the entire interior width of the car. This moves up automatically in just 150 milliseconds in the event this safety feature is required.


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