It is cent percent sure that all the Mini Cooper fans out there would shout out in unison that the Cooper S is the best and the most powerful cars ever launched by the company so far. Even the manufacturers seem to have the same opinion as well. At the launching ceremony of this visually stunning car, the President of the BMW Group India said, “The Minis have always got a knack for speed and agility and the new Mini Cooper S takes that passion even further. The powerful Mini TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine takes the classic Mini go-kart feeling to new heights as it revels in the mind-blowing force of increased power and acceleration. The new petrol-powered Mini Cooper S is targeted towards the serious Mini enthusiasts while the diesel variant is focused towards a buyer new to the brand. But the major factor here is that the new Mini Cooper S is furiously fun and ready to dominate the Indian streets like never before.”
The brand has mastered its art of manufacturing each of its cars with impeccable quality and skills to give the Cooper riders a driving experience as memorable as ever. As you swerve through the twists and turns of the roads, you can feel all that power that the car offers you, right at the steering. It is a beast that is hidden under the hood of a beauty. This is one exclusive characteristic that makes the Mini Cooper S differ from the rest of the cars in the same segment. The design and the power that it offers as a package, making you wonder what made you wait for something as exquisite as this car, for so long. Blending in the aesthetic elements of a fancy car to accessorize your looks, and the power from a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder twin-turbo unit, this car is something that would make all the other cars filled with envy, as people would drool over this one. The engine that constitutes the powertrain components of this car has got a totally new design and the Mini Cooper S is the first among the other Cooper cars to get this kind of engine. The engine of the Mini Cooper S is capable of churning out a maximum power of 192 PS and delivers a peak torque of 280 Nm, which is really good on the figures. With the new fine tuning that the engine has undergone during the manufacturing process, it has been assured by the manufacturer that this engine can get the car achieve a speed of 100 kmph from a standstill position in around 6.7 seconds, while the maximum speed that can be achieved by this particular car stands at a value of 233 kmph, which also seems to be quite on the impressive side. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic Streptronic gearbox, which offers a smooth transition of the car during gear shifts.
Commenting on the aesthetic side of the brand new Cooper S, this car would definitely make people to turn their heads as the car moves over the roads. It definitely offers the driver a celebrity image. The car comes in a really compact design, but has got some attitude that would beat the luxury of all the other cars on the road. And when compared to the other models released by the company, this three-door car is definitely the most beautiful of all. The retro design is sure to attract the retro-style lovers. All the standard styling elements present on the previous cars from the company are present on this one too, that is, this car has got the same hexagonal grille, round front-lamps, clam-shell bonnet, upright windscreen, floating roof and a stretch of chrome that runs all along the base of the exteriors of the cabin. The headlights get an exclusive semi-circular LED around each of it, which is one among the various exclusives added on to this new model. The car has been built on a whole new platform which has been carved out from high-strength steel, which is known as the UKL. It also gets the latest MacPherson strut type suspension in the front while at the rear, a multi-link suspension is used that provides the car with greater agility.
The interiors of the car do not fail on the improved retro styling theme and makes you fell nostalgic about all the good old times before you. The leather upholstery used in the interior section has gone through some significant levels of improvisation on the sporty finishing and the quality of the material used. The car features a large 8.8-inch high resolution central screen featuring the iDrive style infotainment system, though it looks a bit out of place on a retro-themed car, and also, it is not a part of the standard kit. The car features a sunroof and audio buttons on the steering wheel. The seats are definitely spacious, but the back-seat passengers would have to be prepared to take some trouble getting inside as the car had just 3-doors.
On the whole, this car is all the more the best to be the showstopper of this season as a premium lifestyle car. But it goes below the mark owing to the stiff suspension and lack of boot space, being a hatchback car, though the lack of space can be compromised by using up the rear seats to hold in luggage, it is still a negative point. Moreover, taking this car for long drives-it is definitely something that needs to be checked upon. The car would come into the country via the CBU route and would be priced at Rs 34.65 lakhs (all-India ex-showroom).
- Engine: 1.6 turbo petrol DI
- Maximum Power: 192 PS
- Peak Torque: 280Nm
- Gearbox: 6-speed automatic Streptronic transmission
- Wheelbase: 2595 mm
- Dimensions (in mm): 3714 x 1683 x 1407
- Top Speed: 233 kmph
- 0-100kmph: 6.7 seconds
- Price: Rs 34.65 lakhs (all-India ex-showroom)