MINI Cooper S (R56) Review | The Truth About Cars

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By Jay Shoemaker on February 22, 2007

flash! The 2007 MINI like the 2006 MINI. As wasn’t anything particularly with the “old” model, decision to leave things enough alone shows restraint. Well, almost.

added two extra inches to the new and we all know how meaningful two extra can be for guys (legroom!). But you’d be pressed to see any exterior effects#8211; or bad. So is it still all systems go for V2 rocket, or does the new model R56) prove that is less?

Truth to tell, I was a bit blah about my MINI test. But the moment The Man handed me the key to a MINI Cooper S, I perked up. The device is now a circular pad with a base; my first inclination was to a channel to Starfleet and ask Scotty to me up. Once inside, I was instructed to the pad and press the button. Keyless in a car the size of a 7-Series escape

Who’d a thunk it?

And who knew the had a sense of humor? More the MINI’s interior looks it was created by a grove of unsupervised Computer designers. (It’s a matter of time before the key includes an I-Pod.) The fuel is now a circular ring of digital on the speedometer pod, with a to empty” display on the information of the tachometer pod, in script to BMW owners (if not MS Word users).

Drivers are confronted by a wide of organic looking toggles and operating all manner of controls. Who how it all works? And who cares that not all the are above average?

Most and when you encounter the odd flimsy the clever design more compensates. Even the casual instantly appreciates that that the BMW’s British box is a style statement, not an Audi.

To end, buyers can personalize MINI Cooper S in a trillion right down to checkered side mirror caps and a “Let’s Motor” license holder ($35). What’s the MINI is the only car you can customize completely destroying its resale My favorite new interior color is the beige; I love the look but live without the pretentious

The biggest change from old to new: a Peugeot-sourced, BMW-fettled, turbo four. The new engine’s a powerful lump than the old Brazilian mill (172 and 177 pound feet of torque vs.

As a result, the zero to 60 time is quicker (6.7 versus 7.2 with better fuel (29/36).

While the new MINI has a wider more useful) power and will now cruise at triple without threatening to rattle to pieces, it doesn’t feel as eager out of the blocks as the old car. a nasty lag between depressing the go and the onset of acceleration. It feels down.

Until, that is, you the Sport button.

Mini Cooper S

In many cars, even some of the expensive models, activating the button creates little than a psychological effect. In the new it’s undeniably transformative. In an both the MINI Cooper’s steering system and its fly-by-wire tighten up.

Like a dull thrust into an electric the MINI is suddenly ready to the finest of racing lines.

Compared to the corner carving of the previous version, the new MINI S in Sport mode feels 20% more wonderfully, joyously It still stays flat and through vicious corners. It turns in with all the eagerness of a mother.

But the added layer of and refinement in the drivetrain and the additional through the helm build more confidence into the

Enough confidence, in fact, to the sporting driver’s license#8211; and him or her to switch off the MINI Cooper SDSC stability control. And yet, without considering the necessity of the limited slip differential, something important missing the re-mix: an aggressive exhaust

For reasons most probably to Europe’s drive-by noise the MINI Cooper S’ burble, zizz and growl are On one hand, the relative silence proper autobox option) the MINI Cooper S a more and therefore viable daily On the other, the muted motor much of the reason for driving the as it wants to be driven.

It#39;s a miscalculation mandating post-purchase surgery.

Otherwise, the MINI S is good to go. Literally.

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