2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe review notes – Autoweek

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2012 Mini Cooper S review notes

The 2012 Cooper S Coupe was a riot to but the exterior styling and interior earned mixed reviews. by Mini.

Unique coupe contributed to limited visibility and reviewers. Photo by Mini.

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EDITOR BOB GRITZINGER: Just all the auto pundits thought the all-wheel-drive full-size (at least for Countryman was the first sign of impending demise, along the apocalypse, otherwise known as the Coupe. Though people of all venture that it #8220;looks or #8220;interesting#8221; or #8220;fun,#8221; none of have had to drive it or live it.

Let’s get out of the way that it can be as fun to drive as a Cooper S, but it’s not an improvement the larger, more functional, sanely styled model. a hoot to run hard, knifing the commute like a laser, but the and side sightlines make a risky venture.

So why would one drop $33,000 on a car of even functionality than the already Mini Cooper hardtop? for the, ahem, unique That’s all I can figure, but to my eye it looks a squashed bug and I feel a little when I’m behind the

I can only imagine the same who eventually tired of laughing at Aztek drivers now turning attention to me in this Mini.

Add the unreasonably harsh ride the rattling plastic bits out in back and a general sense the cabin is too tight, and this is not my cup of

I love Minis. I don’t mind driving this Just not when anyone is around, OK?

NEWS EDITOR MIGLIORE: This red pocket is a riot to drive. I carved up during my morning commute, the inputs and reactions the Cooper S offers.

The feel of this is truly engaging. I love the steering that returns weight and feel on-center. excellent for making hard, turns.

As an enthusiast, that’s exactly you seek#8212;the ability to command a car and get a The lithe curb weight and chassis make for one of the most machines on the road. Plus, it makes the most of this mill.

The automatic gearbox was in its shifting, which is fine, but rather have a manual in a

I love the way this thing is out. The colors, the stripes, the Wow, it’s a unique that I appreciate, though not will. The extras on this really add flair.

The downside? get the Mini Coupe unless a true enthusiast of this This isn’t a mainstream The chassis will beat the out of you, which is fine for drivers, but not livable for most.

I could drive and enjoy every day, but I’m not It’s a niche, fun two-seater I enjoyed the hell out of.

ASSOCIATE JAKE LINGEMAN: The best about the 2012 Mini S Coupe is that you don’t to look at it while you’re From behind the wheel you can yourself in a four-door Cooper or else entirely. Unfortunately, you get out, you’ll realize you’ve just done.

I the same way about the Cooper S as I do about the Nissan Cube. is, I don’t like the styling, but glad it’s being I walked out of the gas station and a woman was a picture.

She said she absolutely loved it. I her I like the four-door Cooper to which she replied, #8220;It’s compared to this!#8221;

The performance of the S Coupe is insane. It has 181 hp but feels like 220. The twin turbo spools up immediately and doesn’t let up until redline.

The are solid and had me stopping with

Like the Mitsubishi Lancer the Mini Cooper S Coupe like it’s on wagon Every bump, pothole and imperfection is transmitted to the steering with its name, age and serial I hit a nice-sized bump on a curvy ramp and the car jumped a lane It’s wound that

I’m sure it’s on the track, but in the city, not so much.

The Cooper S Coupe is fun#8212;extremely It’s just not that The Volkswagen GTI is about the same but twice as refined and twice as inside.

The only place the GTI is the Mini Cooper S Coupe is on the course.

2012 Mini S Coupe

Base Price:

As-Tested Price: $33,400

1.6-liter turbocharged I4; FWD, automatic

Output: 181 hp @ 5,500 177 lb-ft @ 1,600-5,000 rpm

Curb 2,734 lb

Fuel Economy AW ): 30/29.6 mpg

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