2011 Mini Cooper S Hardtop Car Review

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2011 Mini Cooper S hardtop Photo by: Brad Constant 2011 Mini Cooper S hardtop. Photo by Brad Constant.

2011 Mini Cooper S hardtop Photo by: Brad Constant 2011 Mini Cooper S hardtop. Photo by Brad Constant.

2011 Mini Cooper S hardtop Photo by: Brad Constant 2011 Mini Cooper S hardtop. Photo by Brad Constant.

2011 Mini Cooper S hardtop Photo by: Brad Constant 2011 Mini Cooper S hardtop. Photo by Brad Constant.

2011 Mini Cooper S hardtop Photo by: Brad Constant 2011 Mini Cooper S hardtop. Photo by Brad Constant.

2011 Mini Cooper S hardtop Photo by: Brad Constant 2011 Mini Cooper S hardtop. Photo by Brad Constant.

2011 Mini Cooper S hardtop Photo by: Brad Constant 2011 Mini Cooper S hardtop. Photo by Brad Constant.

Published on 6/08/2011

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ASSOCIATE EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: A friend's utter disgust greeted me at what time I divide up in the 2011 Mini Cooper S. "I hate persons cars," my pal said. I inappropriately to provide details the appeal of the Mini as of a driver's standpoint. But it was a dorky car in my friend's mind. OK, fine.

That's too bad since petroleum Cooper S hardtop is improved supposed still by means of the little improvements Mini complete for the 2011 replica year. From a styling standpoint, there's a new front fascia by means of better fog lights, functional brake-cooling ducts, new side-marker lenses, restyled back taillights and overturn lamps. Inside, present are redesigned audio and climate controls and a few little trim-color alterations.

The turbocharged 1.6-liter minute BMW's Valvetronic variable-valve-timing scheme to bump output by 9 hp to 181 hp, construct a number of determination of course get for granted counting add to the car's torque-steering tendencies. Mini consideration of that, too, and has additional an antitorque guide agenda to the car's electric-power-steering system. It works. On-throttle maneuvers are by means of no trouble accomplished by means of the force-induced four-cylinder churning out abundance of authority by means of the game button pressed. Keeping belongings pointed in the correct way doesn't need a bereavement grip. Steering reply is instant, by means of high-quality feedback and heaviness tuned in. This car is simple to sling approximately and just to enjoy.

Now that we've covered those aspects of BMW, let's turn to some of the other factors that need to be considered.

The Mini's six-speed physical gearbox rapidly exact and crisp shifts, and the suspension keeps belongings planted approximately corners as,at the same time as too as long as sufficient absorption abilities for usual commutes--at smallest amount to me. Some may think it a small harsh. As by means of all BMW products, I'll contain to get the run-flat tires to task. They are annoyingly loud, and I recommend anybody who purchases a Mini to put back not any correct away. Replacing the run-flats determination surely get better ride quality, too.

For a little commuter car, few belongings can match petroleum Mini Cooper S for the mixture of petroleum monetary system and fun factor. Maybe the Fiat 500 Abarth at what time it stay here? We'll now contain to stay and see concerning so as to one.

Later on so as to nighttime at what time I left, my pal jokingly told me, "Enjoy by means of car." I supposed I would, but after that stopped for a next and looked at petroleum Cooper S. With its spice-orange paint job and not obligatory "Mini Yours" funky tattoo images on the side, I kind of understood anywhere my pal was pending from.

2011 Mini Cooper S Hardtop

Base Price: $23,700

As-Tested Price: $27,700

Drivetrain: 1.6-liter turbocharged I4; FWD, six-speed manual

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

Curb Weight: 2,668 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 30/27.8 mpg

Options: Sport wrap up counting 17-inch alloy wheels, lively traction control, xenon present ($1,250); Mini Connected ($1,000); keyless entry ($500); heated front seats ($500); spice-orange-metallic exterior paint ($500); funky Mini Yours tattoo ($250)



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