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Soft-top Mini powers up to 166kW

2009-06-09 09:01
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mini
Engine 1.6l turbo
Power 166kW
Just because you have the Will & Grace box set, doesn’t mean you can’t have your Mini soft-top tuned.

Mini’s convertible is not your typical wife, two kids and a Labrador kind of car, yet a temperately focussed performance hatchback all the same.

Now Aachen based BMW group tuning specialist, AC Schnitzer, has a flamboyant tuning package available for this campest of cars.

Aesthetically the R57 model range Mini convertible is dressed up with a new front spoiler and read skirt.

AC Schnitzer is at pains to point out the new spoiler and rear lower fascia embellishments are fully functional aerodynamic items, not solely aesthetically decorative. Sure, and all Mini owners drink only Black Label…

Further enhancing the AC Schnitzer Mini’s visual appeal are new Mi1 or Mi2 alloy wheels in either 17- or 18-inches, featuring a rather interesting split-spoke, quad design.

Beyond these AC Schnitzer styling elements, the Aachen tuned Mini convertible has serious dynamic validity too.

A custom crafted performance exhaust system and ECU remapping relaxes engine operation parameters and gas exchange, boosting Cooper S power from 128- to 166kW, offering JCW humbling pace.

To offset this 30% increase in power, AC Schnitzer chassis technicians have shored up front-end rigidity with an aluminium strut brace. New springs and adjustable dampers at all four wheel corners ensure formidable road holding and acute turn-in response.

The AC Schnitzer fettled Mini convertible interior is awash in aluminium detailing, with the gear knob, handbrake girdle and pedals finished in earth’s most abundant metal.

Special velour floor mats complete the AC Schnitzer customising package.

Contrary to industry rumours, AC Schnitzer is not working on a line of white leather slip-on driving shoes for its Mini convertible range customers.


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