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2006-08-15 10:25

Meet the new MINI... spot the difference

The design of the all-new MINI Cooper and Cooper S is more an evolution of the first generation's styling, which was an overwhelming success for BMW. In five years BMW sold over 800 000 units around the world.

The external design of the new MINI has remained true to its predecessor but BMW says that every body panel is new. Therefore the MINI's styling remains instantly recognisable.

Under the skin, the new MINI range reveals more radical change.

Highlights include completely new four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engines featuring a wealth of innovative technical features, and new suspension designed to deliver a more comfortable ride without losing the trademark MINI "go-kart" experience.

There is also an all-new interior with improved quality and greater comfort.

BMW also claims that there is more usable space for both front and rear seat occupants and owners will be able to choose from an even wider range of colours, interior specifications and options in order to personalise their car.

The new MINIs come with two four-cylinder petrol engines each displacing 1.6 litres. Power output for the normal-aspirated Cooper is 88 kW at 6 000 r/min and peak torque is 160 Nm at 4 250 r/min.

The more powerful engine featured in the Cooper S is a turbocharged unit with direct petrol injection. Maximum torque of 240 Nm comes in at 1 600 r/min, while it thrusts out 128 kW at 5 500 r/min.

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