The Cooper hardtop can also wear a more aggressive mug thanks to the John Cooper Works trim, which adds bigger wheels, hood scoop, and black mesh grille. A Roadster version has been introduced, also. There's also an active rear spoiler that pops up at speed. A low centre of gravity, a long wheelbase measuring 2,467 millimetres, and a front and rear track width of 1,459 mm and 1,467 mm respectively also contribute to the sure-footed handling. Its A-pillar gets slanted a further 13 degrees to help it achieve its sleek, skinny profile. See all the standard safety features listed. That's good for some minor pep, but fans of speed will want to upgrade to the Cooper S, which packs a turbocharged 1.
The coupe is smooth and easy to drive — once you get past the initial anxiety of placing yourself inside what feels like an aquanaut dive helmet at a cheap Cancun resort. The Cooper S Coupe reaches 60 mph in 6. Raindrops still hit the glass at slow speeds and while parked, but rear visibility isn't good enough to lament any missing wiper. That spacious feeling stops quickly inside the cabin. The Coupe also has a larger rear antiroll bar and feels like it rotates better off throttle. The Mini is incredibly agile, completing the figure eight-in 26.
With twin-scroll turbo on overboost, there's 192 lb. The Roadster model is a Cabrio car manufactured by Mini, with 2 doors and 2 seats, sold new from year 2012. From head-on the Coupe looks nearly the same as a Cooper hardtop. Electronic stability control is standard too, though if you get too eager in the snow it's still possible to stuff it in a snowbank and have everyone admiring the snowman's hat with racing stripes. The ladies set a Guinness World Record for the number of people inside a 2012 Mini, breaking their previous Guinness world record of 27. Available features include automatic climate control, keyless ignition, proximity key, a Harman Kardon stereo system, Bluetooth, the Mini Connected infotainment system, navigation, rear parking sensors, heated seats and leather upholstery.
With a fuel consumption of 7. In Drive, using the paddles will make the shift you request then revert to auto mode after a few seconds of no shifting activity. The John Cooper Works' added fun factor notwithstanding, Cooper and Cooper S versions have tended to fare better in the residuals department, and there's no reason to expect the Mini Cooper Coupe to start any new precedents in that critical area. No other car of its kind -- if there such a thing -- comes close to that time, and few front-drivers can compete with its near-telepathic responsiveness and maneuverability. In Sport mode, the paddles remain full manual, even refusing to downshift if you mat the gas pedal at moderate engine rpm. The most noticeable difference is the roll bar, which used to stick up behind the backseat head restraints. It features speed-dependent power assist, reducing the effort required from the driver during parking and other manoeuvres.
The Bottom Line Love or hate its styling, the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works is easily one of the best-performing front-wheel-drive cars we've tested. It includes a digital speed display which is handy because the parallax error in the central speedo can be up to 5 mph and it's an awkward device to follow. Most switches and controls are black with white labeling, and the chrome rings on everything from shifter to tachometer are rarely flat so glare issues are minimal; we got blitzed only once from gauge glare bouncing off the outside mirror lens. So, since it's only one seat more than a go-kart, consider the Coupe the most kart-like of the Cooper lineup. It remaps throttle response and provides a weightier Electronic Power Steering. Audio quality was good and, as I mentioned before, loud.
The base Coupe can reach 60 mph in claimed 8. Call it what you want -- just don't call it boring. A final caveat: The Coupe's smaller greenhouse also compromises side and rear sightlines, particularly when the spoiler rises up at speeds above 50 mph. Direct access to that impressively scaled stow space comes courtesy of a large, single-piece decklid. However there is a night-and-day difference between the zippy below-4,500rpm performance and the neck-snapping push that's generated when the turbocharger starts whistling. Run-flat tires and a tire pressure monitoring system are also included as standard equipment.
Of course this is only in relative terms as a kart's much smaller mass allows it to change directions, brake and potentially accelerate quicker than a real car. Upholstery is cloth, leather artificial or real, contrast piped or not or a combination of cloth seat centers and leather bolsters, and the Coupe offers two exclusives: Toffee and Punch. The Cooper S has a zero to 60 mph acceleration time of 6. Even the least efficient Cooper is still quite thrifty, thanks in large part to the roughly 2,600-pound curb weight shared through the line. Like all Minis, personalization is the name of the game in the 2012 Cooper Coupe. As an Android user, this option was absolutely useless to me. It may have an English bulldog stance, but the handling eagerness is all Jack Russell terrier.
Mini offers more than 16 factory wheel choices for the Mini Coupe. Speaking of the interior, it's more spacious and comfortable than you might guess given its small exterior dimensions. Walkaround The Mini Coupe looks like a Mini Hardtop that got whacked on top with a big hammer. Mini Roadster John Cooper Works Service Light Reset not available yet. At the back of the bubble top is another wing, this one fixed and slotted. Amazingly, torque steer has been reduced to next-to-nil levels thanks to Mini's tinkerers. But contrary to what Mini's marketing squad proclaims, this isn't the quickest Mini we've tested.
Owning a Mini has been a dream of mine for a very long time. Highlights of the carryover styling elements include functional brake ducts on Cooper S models, more styling differentiation between trim lines, and, inside, more black trim and less chrome. The first time I saw one in person, other than under the glaring lights of an auto show, was in my own neighborhood. The standard six-speed manual gearbox sets a new benchmark in the segment with its short-shift travel and precise action. Only 110 feet are needed to stop the Coupe from 60 mph, thanks to its svelte physique and those aforementioned big binders. The Mini Coupe sets its sights smaller with two seats.
Looks can be deceiving and the Coupe appears distinctly sportier. While the Mini Cooper coupe is unique in its design, its closest competitors. With slightly more power up to 215bhp from 208bhp in the , it's the fastest Mini yet. The most noticeable difference is the roll bar, which used to stick up behind the backseat head restraints. Minis are all about motoring fun, and the Coupe excels at this. Mini Coupe and S models offer a Yours Soda pack of 17-inch wheels, mirror caps, Laguna green metallic paint, scuttles and tattoo.