2003 Mini Cooper S — John Cooper Works Edition First Drive

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Published: – by D. John Booth,

West Sussex, England: no banner headline when a son up his father’s legacy. Chad is but a mere shadow of his dad’s screen presence. And were Jr. half the diplomat his father France and the rest of the U.N. be lining up for the privilege of assassinating Hussein.

Once in a blue though, there comes a who doesn’t let the world down. has done nothing to sully the reputation for hard-hitting hockey. road racing career has nothing to tarnish the Andretti And I have a funny feeling motor racing legend Cooper is looking down behind the pearly gates more than a modicum of Mr.

Cooper, you see, won two Formula One dominated Formula Junior in his delicate and diminutive Norton open-wheeler and revolutionized open-wheel by engineering the first rear-engine car to win a championship event. His enduring however, will always be the Cooper #151; the feisty of Alec Issigonis’ little that transformed the world’s transverse-mounted front-engine, front-wheel-drive into a Monte Carlo winner and on-track giant

By the time all was said and done, of the perky little Minis their way into production peaking in the late 1960s the powerful 1,275-cubic-centimeter version claimed a then incredible 72 This all but ensured a place in history for John Cooper, up there with Jack Enzo Ferrari and Carroll According to Cooper files, managed to bag a ride in a prototype of the Cooper S before his … in

One must wonder if that ride was the inspiration for son Michael to producing John Cooper Minis.

While the supercharged of the Mini. the Cooper S, is adequately it is far from the rip-snorter many If 163 horsepower are available from the version, they must be rather than thoroughbreds. BMW a 0-to-60 time in the low 7 seconds for the S, but I have never been to duplicate it.

The John Cooper edition of the same car suffers no paucity, even though the Sussex-based tuning garage only a 37-hp increase its extensive tuning kit and an equally 22 extra pound-feet of torque. Yet it like much more.

Throw on the Work’s flowed head, larger-capacity supercharger and exhaust system and the Cooper S is What was once a plaything is now a sports car. Acceleration was once Camrylike is now more to that of Subaru’s WRX.

Cooper claims 6.7 seconds for his 0-to-100-km/h (62.5 mph) but the difference between his version and the S feels livelier than the may suggest.

Most apparent is the in low-end torque. Where the version needs 4,500 rpm opening its eyes, the tuned pulls from as low as 3,000 The Works edition produces torque from 2,500 rpm all the way to than the stock S does at rpm.

This means that the original, which seems to run out of at the top of third gear, the Works still pulls hard in only the extra-tall sixth cog is to blunt the invigorated 1.6-liter grunt.

In fact, the John Works Mini is one of those cars that has enough Any more might tax the chassis a bit too much. As it is, the standard front run-flat radial tires or Dunlop) are working overtime to contain all that torque.

because the Works edition at corners carrying much speed, any more power and the would be overwhelmed.

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John Cooper Works offer a wheel upgrade to 18 with lower-profile 205/40R18 radials for those needing more cornering potential to go with the extra straight-line However, since they are as well, their reinforced stiffen the ride just a bit too for our potholed roads. There also be some Work’s seats with increased bolstering to take advantage of the greater handling potential.

American pricing has not been set for the Cooper Works kit yet, but has it coming in at around $4,500. includes the aforementioned supercharger, head, exhaust system, all four new spark plugs and the and a half hours required to all the bits at your local BMW More importantly, the John Works kit has the same new car warranty as any BMW-authorized part.

Despite the lofty price, the Cooper Works tuning kit is a Put simply, you would be an absolute to decide to opt for the extra poke of the S over the base Cooper and not for the full-on Works edition. So the Mini Cooper S is the hottest on the planet and the car it should have all along.

Imagine that, the improving on a German car.

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