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2007 Mini Cooper S

2007 Mini Cooper S
2007 Mini Cooper S Specifications
Brakes F/R:ABS, vented disc/disc
Tires F-R:195/55 R16
Driveline:Front Wheel Drive
Type:Turbocharged Inline-4
Displacement cu in (cc):98 (1598)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM:172(128) / 5500
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:177(240) / 1600-5000
Redline at RPM:n.a.
Length Width Height in:146.2 66.3 55.4
Weight lb (kg):2668 (1210)
Acceleration 0-62 mph s:6.7
Top Speed mph (km/h):139 (223)
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km):29/36 (n.a.)
Base Price: 2007 Mini Cooper S - $21,200 (last update: 3/27/2007)

Mini Cooper S, Maxi Enjoyment

Consistently enhanced and refined in design, the new Mini Cooper S comes in a new look and boasts all-new drivetrain technology for even greater agility. Due to enter the market in late 2006, the 2007 Cooper S is powered by a 1.6-liter 175 bhp turbocharged engine.

Distinctive and Personal Exterior

In its dimensions, the new Mini Cooper S has grown slightly over the size of the first generation. The larger dimensions at the front serve inter alia to fulfill future safety standards and requirements, with the new car being 2.36´´ longer than its predecessor.

The Mini Cooper S is characterized, as before, by short body overhangs front and rear as well as large wheels highlighting the muscular sideline of the car. Features naturally retained are the unmistakable highlights of the Mini such as the hexagonal radiator grille, the large, round headlights moved far to the outside, the complete "band" of glass stretching round the passenger compartment, as well as the diagonal seam between the engine compartment lid and the side direction indicators clearly bearing testimony to the welding seams at the same point on the classic Mini.

The Typical Mini Center Speedo Re-Interpreted

The changes in the interior design of the new Mini are far more significant than on the exterior. The dominating geometric elements are circles and straight lines skillfully combined with one another, round instruments and air vents, for example, being arranged attractively on the dashboard subdivided horizontally into three levels.

The most striking and conspicuous feature within the cockpit of the new Mini Cooper S is the Center Speedo even larger than in the former model. This central display and control instrument, acknowledged for a long time as an icon in the interior design of the Mini, has not only grown in size, but also in functional significance. Hence, the Center Speedo now comprises not only the analogue speedometer, but also all entertainment and, as an option, navigation functions. The door and ignition key, finally, is now a round signal sensor in typical Mini design, with the driver pressing a start/stop button to switch the engine on and off.

Compact and Powerful Engine

Displacing 1.6 liters, the four-cylinder turbocharged power unit of the Mini Cooper S now develops an even more impressive 175 bhp, the right kind of power to turn the Mini Cooper S into a truly outstanding experience in motoring fun. The engine is boosted in power by means of a twin-scroll turbocharger driven by the separate emission flow from two cylinders at a time. As a result, the turbocharger serves to boost engine power significantly from low engine speeds, providing a truly impressive effect: The 1.6-litre four-cylinder featured in the Mini Cooper S accelerates the car with the kind of power and performance otherwise to be found only in much larger normal-aspiration models.

A Go-Kart Performer

Agility and direct handling is one of the great strengths shared by all models within the Mini line-up yet the Mini Cooper S takes agility, power, and performance to an even higher level. With standard sport-tuned suspension and a smooth-shifting, very precise six-speed Getrag gearbox, the Mini Cooper S is directly tailored to the needs of the true enthusiast driver. The car offers superior performance and driving characteristics on both twisting roads as well as long, fast highways.

Why 'S'?

The name 'Cooper S' has a true sporting pedigree: The Classic Mini Cooper S (developed by John Cooper Racing) dominated European rallying in the mid-sixties. The car won the '64, '65 and '67 Monte Carlo rally, (also being controversially disqualified in '66 after finishing first, second and third). The 'S' also scored multiple wins in European Touring Car and Saloon Car competitions throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Mini motorsport remains popular in Europe.

The true meaning of the "S" designation, as used on the famous Mini Cooper "S" of the '60s, is lost in time. It is believed that designer Sir Alec Issigonis and John Cooper disagreed over 'Sport' or 'Special' - so "S" simply came to mean "S".

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