2011 Mini Cooper S Hardtop, an AW Drivers Log Car Review – Autoweek

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2011 Mini Cooper S an AW Drivers Log Car Review

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ASSOCIATE JONATHAN WONG: A friend’s disgust greeted me when I up in the 2011 Mini Cooper S. I those cars, my friend I tried to explain the appeal of the from a driver’s standpoint.

But it was a car in my friend’s mind. OK, fine.

That’s too bad because this S hardtop is better than with the small improvements made for the 2011 model From a styling standpoint, a new front fascia with fog lights, functional brake-cooling new side-marker lenses, restyled taillights and reverse lamps. there are redesigned audio and controls and a few small trim-color

The turbocharged 1.6-liter gains Valvetronic variable-valve-timing system to output by 9 hp to 181 hp, which some naturally assume would the car’s torque-steering tendencies. thought of that, too, and has an antitorque steer program to the electric-power-steering system. It works. maneuvers are easily accomplished the force-induced four-cylinder churning out of power with the sport pressed.

Keeping things pointed in the direction doesn’t require a grip. Steering response is with good feedback and tuned in. This car is easy to around and simply to enjoy.

The Mini’s six-speed manual offers precise and crisp and the suspension keeps things around corners while providing enough absorption for normal commutes–at least to me. may consider it a little harsh. As all BMW products, I’ll have to the run-flat tires to task.

are annoyingly loud, and I recommend who purchases a Mini to replace right away. Replacing the will certainly improve quality, too.

For a small commuter car, few can match this Mini S for the combination of fuel economy and fun Maybe the Fiat 500 Abarth it gets here? We’ll have to wait and see about one.

Later on that when I left, my friend told me, Enjoy your I said I would, but then for a second and looked at this S. With its spice-orange paint job and Mini Yours funky images on the side, I sort of where my friend was coming

2011 Mini Cooper S

Base Price: $23,700

Price: $27,700

Drivetrain: turbocharged I4; FWD, six-speed

Output: 181 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 177 @ 1,600-5,500 rpm

Curb Weight: lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/ AW ): mpg

Options: Sport package 17-inch alloy wheels, traction control, xenon ($1,250); Mini Connected keyless entry ($500); front seats ($500); exterior paint ($500); Mini Yours tattoo

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