New MINI Cooper Works Convertible

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

No truncated suicide doors. No SUV ride height. No gimmicks. OK, there’s a Mad Max/Fast and Furious sport button in front of the gear stick that repositions the boost earlier in the drop top’s rev range (i.e., sacrifices government pleasing mpg for power) and sharpens steering. The four pot providing said oomph is a “significantly revised” (i.e., larger air intake) version of the MINI Cooper S’ 1.6-litre turbocharged mill, the same unit found in the MINI CHALLENGE race car. GOT IT? How’s this for PR sneak: “Extra-large disc brakes paired with upgraded bright red Brembo performance callipers are supplied” [italics added]. The thirty-second MINI variant (and I don’t mean the zero to sixty time of the basest of the bast models) yields 132 hp per litre and 39.8 mpg. (Highway, downwind, windows up, a/c off, one-up, no luggage.) The hardtop version was one of the fastest things I’ve ever seen down a country road, I shit thee not. This will be a genuine hoot.

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  • Joberg Joberg on Feb 10, 2009
    "Compared to the Mini, my 03 WRX is built like a vault." Because it is a vault. At a 500 lb premium over a comparable MCS. I'll take the weight savings of a few plastic bits any day. How it gets through the corners is more important to me than how the door handle feels.
  • Mirko Reinhardt Mirko Reinhardt on Feb 10, 2009

    @Ferrygeist A ‘90-’91 325i was 2,811 lbs. A 123d is over 3000 lbs, but it matches all the other criteria and gets 35 mpg when driven like a maniac.

  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Funny comparison:
  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Some insight.
  • Amwhalbi I know this is apples and oranges, but I'd rather have an Elantra N, a Jetta GLI or a Civic Si than either the Mustang or the Z.
  • Scott Miata for the win.
  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X On a list of things to spend my time and money on, doing an EV conversion on a used car is about ten millionth.