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Review: 2009 Mini Cooper S Convertible
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Klagenfurt, Austria
The principal appeal of convertibles has always been the prospect of swanning along the seaside with the top down to catch the sun - and the eye of bystanders. No vehicle available today performs that function as well as the new Mini Cooper convertible, but to demonstrate the polyvalence of the car, the world press launch was organized in the dead of winter in the snowbound Austrian Alps. True to the brand's contrarian, fun-and-funky marketing spirit, the motto for the car and the launch was "Always Open." Journalists were exhorted to drive with the top down, and all of the test cars were fitted with a new standard feature, the Openmeter, which serves as a life-of-the-car recorder of hours spent driving with the top fully retracted.
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That unique device is only one of more than 200 options and accessories, enough to assure that tens of thousands of one-off cars can be made on the Oxford, England, Mini production line. The Munich-based Mini design team, forty-some strong, has done excellent work on the convertible project, particularly with respect to color and trim. There are at least a dozen standard interior/exterior color combinations ranging from the conservative and traditional (British racing green exterior, tan leather inside) to the expressive, intended solely for the convertible (interchange yellow with yellow-stitched carbon black cosmos cloth). To go along with the usual black, there are two new colors for the folding top: hot chocolate (a warm dark brown) and denim blue (see Levi Strauss & Co. for a reliable reference, even including the orange stitching). There are more than a dozen interior trim choices; two seat designs, standard and sport; and even the choice of two- or three-spoke steering wheels.
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Flexibility is a key word for the Mini Cooper S convertible. The engine is extremely (and agreeably) flexible, with its infinitely variable valve timing and twin-scroll turbocharger. Unfortunately, the body structure is flexible, too, although to so slight a degree that there can be no question that the engineers who created the car were guided by the German, not British, automotive engineering tradition. The dreaded cowl shake present in several generations of small British roadsters is gone - only a constantly vibrating center rearview mirror and an occasional clank from the side windows on severe bumps give away the game. And the ride comfort level is far beyond anything ever experienced in MGs, Triumphs, or Singers of old, despite the Mini's firmer than necessary suspension settings, which make for a bit of a wild ride on lumpy, bumpy, snow-covered Austrian byways.
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The Mini brand, too, has had a wild ride under BMW ownership. The fifty-year-old British icon has been transformed from a 37-hp, 850-cc economy car conceived for austerity in fuel-short hard times into a luxury lifestyle object much coveted by trend leaders in many nations. There is still talk of fuel shortages and coming hard times, but a direct-injected, sixteen-valve, 172-hp, 1598-cc turbocharged engine is not a typical economy-car solution. Not many economy cars can boast a 138-mph top speed and a 7.0-second 0-to-60-mph acceleration time, either, but those are the figures that Mini claims. Thanks to its aluminum engine and a careful redesign of its body structure, the new Cooper S convertible weighs about 20 pounds less than the previous model. Although it's not exactly porky, a car that weighs 2712 pounds clearly does not meet any common definition of the word "mini."
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As though the Mini PR staff had a direct line to the weather gods, a substantial amount of snow fell the night before our first day's drive and continued to fall as we drove on some quite difficult roads, constantly gaining altitude as temperatures fell to 26 degrees. On one particularly sharp and slippery climb, we were getting wheel spin even in third gear at low revs as the stability control kicked in and out. It was during these tough conditions that we most suffered from the Mini's ridiculously overblown torque steer, a problem we also noted with our recently departed Four Seasons Mini Cooper S hardtop. Such a well-made, well-designed, and utterly amusing car really ought to be better in this regard.
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A bright, sunny, 30-degree day greeted us for our next drive, with a mix of clear, dry main roads and patchy snow on wooded mountain lanes. The Mini's top went down with no more effort than a push-and-hold gesture on the header-mounted toggle switch. The top first rolls back about sixteen inches over the front seats, with its upper side rails firmly latched to the top of the windshield. Release the toggle any time, and the process, which can be engaged at speeds of up to about 20 mph, stops. The whole sequence, including dropping and raising the side glass, takes only fifteen seconds. With the mesh wind blocker in place, the cockpit is really comfortable for two, although rear-seat passengers would likely suffer. There are seat heaters, but they were too efficient to leave on for more than three or four minutes, even on their lowest setting. Drive to the Arctic Circle with the top down? Why not?
If it ain't broke . . .
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Head of exterior design Marcus Syring says that Mini designers have the same problem as Porsche's design team: advancing an iconic, decades-old shape cherished by owners. It's especially tough in light of legislation and fresh expectations. The first BMW-designed Mini in 2001 was a major break, with huge jumps in size and weight, but what comes next? "The current car has many elements from our first version, but if we do not make major changes, why do new tooling?" Syring says. "It's like a stew. You can't boil the same ingredients too many times."
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Don't be confused: Unlike last year's JCW kit, which was a dealer-installed accessory, the 2009 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop and Mini John Cooper Works Clubman are actual production models. The John Cooper Works models effectively replace the kit, and for about the same money, they offer even more power and performance.
The 1.6-liter turbo four from the Cooper S and Clubman S models has been revised for more power, featuring a reworked cylinder head and turbocharger and new intake and exhaust systems similar to those used in the Mini Cooper Challenge race car. Re-mapped ECU programming now allows almost 19 psi of boost (up from 13 psi), bumping output to 208 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. An overboost function temporarily allows even higher boost for a midrange torque peak of 207 lb-ft - quite a lot of twist for a diminutive four-cylinder.
The exhaust is more vocal than the S exhaust, with a lovely, hard-edged wail at high rpm and no boominess. A resonance tube connects the engine's intake to the inside of the dashboard to transmit additional intake honk when in Sport mode, filling out the acoustic experience. We wish the exhaust were a little louder outside, though, since full-throttle runs through a tunnel weren't quite as entertaining as we had hoped. At low speeds, the modified turbo announces its presence with that oh-so-pleasant whoosh, and the motor generates huge torque everywhere in the rev range.
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The base Cooper S (with 172 hp and 177 lb-ft) is already a quick car - but the John Cooper Works Cooper will hit 60 mph in an even quicker 6.2 seconds (the Clubman does it in 6.5.) Both models run on to a decidedly un-mini 148 mph. In place of the S's optional mechanical limited-slip differential, the Works Minis use upgraded front brakes to mitigate wheelspin. The system works very well, helping the cheeky speedster put an impressive amount of power to the ground. And though you'll need a firm grasp on the wheel under acceleration, the system eliminates much of the violent torque steer that the limited-slip cars experience.
The use of an electronic diff is a little surprising. Despite the fact that Mini claims the electronic system helps the car put down more power than the mechanical system, we'd prefer to see the electronic system (and its reduced torque steer) on the less hard-core Cooper S and Clubman S and the mechanical system on the John Cooper Works models.
On curvy, mountain roads, DSC stability control intervenes almost continually to keep wheelspin in check. To help eliminate that problem, BMW fitted the John Cooper Works Minis with the same DTC mode familiar from its rear- and all-wheel-drive cars. In DTC mode, the system's intervention threshold is higher but is still a little too intrusive for our tastes.
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With DSC switched completely off, the brake-based electronic limited-slip diff is still active, and though it doesn't pull engine power in response to wheelspin, it does occasionally add enough braking force to the front wheels to feel like it has cut power. On the racetrack, hard runs in the Works Coopers didn't result in any brake fade whatsoever - an impressive performance considering their considerable duty at slowing the car into the corners as well as prohibiting wheelspin on the way out. Push very hard, and you can get the pedal to go a teensy bit squishy, but the Mini's powerful brakes never go away. The aluminum front calipers are painted red and sure do look a whole lot like they should say "Brembo" on them.
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The Works' rear end can dance around quite a bit under full braking, especially on a bumpy section of track, but it never feels as though the car will go out of control. And as you would guess, understeer is the Mini's dominant handling characteristic. Lifting in the middle of a long, high-speed turn at max grip will cause the rear end to step out a few degrees - but almost magically, it never comes around more than that. In fact, almost nothing we could do would coax the Mini's rear end out - save for one violent Scandinavian flick and one emergency-brake turn. This is probably for the better, as the Mini's short wheelbase encourages snap-oversteer that takes a good deal of concentration to catch quickly. Still, on the track, the Mini is certainly better than most other front-wheel-drive compact cars (and probably even better than our favorite front-driver, the Volkswagen GTI), but a little more of a rear-end-friendly attitude wouldn't hurt.
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Especially since the Mini's steering ratio is lightning quick. As with almost all electric systems, steering feel is a little artificial, but the rack is commendably precise. An upgraded (and quite stiff) suspension keeps the Works' body control well in check, and a precise shifter makes spirited driving a piece of cake. Surprisingly, front-end traction seems never to be a problem in a straight line - our particular test car was able to put down all of its might in first gear, and no matter how quickly we shifted into second, it wouldn't so much as chirp the front wheels on clutch engagement.
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The John Cooper Works standard seventeen-inch wheels are not only gorgeous but also ultra light, and the sport suspension is specially calibrated for the Works models. The six-speed manual transmission has been reinforced to cope with the additional power, and the Works Minis come with piano black interior trim and an anthracite headliner standard. Mini offers some additional dealer accessories, such as a body kit, a strut-tower brace, and an even more aggressive suspension that sits 10mm (about half an inch) lower.
At around $30,000, these Works Minis certainly aren't cheap, and their firm ride probably won't appeal to everyone. But that's not the point. They are adorable, well-built little cars with go-kart handling and superb fuel economy - and there's definitely a market for that.
2009 Mini John Cooper Works
Powertrain
Engine: Turbocharged 1.6-liter SOHC 16-valve I-4
Horsepower: 208 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 192 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm (207 lb-ft with overboost)
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive: Front-wheel

Measurements
L x W x H: 146.2 x 66.3 x 55.4 in
Legroom F/R: 41.4/29.9 in
Headroom F/R: 38.8/37.6 in
Cargo capacity (seats up/down): 5.7/24.0 cu ft
Curb Weight: 2701 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 25/33 mpg
2009 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman
Powertrain
Engine: Turbocharged 1.6-liter SOHC 16-valve I-4
Horsepower: 208 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 192 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm (207 lb-ft with overboost)
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive: Front-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H: 155.8 x 66.3 x 56.4 in
Legroom F/R: 41.4/32.3 in
Headroom F/R: 39.0/37.7 in
Cargo capacity (seats up/down): 9.2/32.8 cu ft
Curb Weight: 2888 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 25/33 mpg
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The Mini Cooper Clubman is the epitome of a niche vehicle. As such, it's a car that works for some but will leave many people cold. For my part, I think it's pretty cool, but I'd have to think long and hard before I made it my primary vehicle. Of course, it's far more practical than the regular Mini Cooper, thanks to the passenger's-side half-door (a feature we've already seen in the Saturn Ion and the Mazda RX-8) and the extended wheelbase, which translates into significantly more rear-seat room and cargo space than the regular Mini. In fact, I needed to haul a 27" x 27" x 18" plywood box (to be used to elevate a washing machine) to a friend's house, and I had no problem fitting it into the back of the Clubman with the rear seats folded (see photo).
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Holy lift-throttle oversteer, Batman! Even with stability control on, you can swing the Clubman's little butt right around a tight corner. Lots of fun. Not as fun is the torque steer that Joe mentioned, though. I literally was scared to move my hand to shift for fear the steering wheel would wrestle free of my grip.
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In addition to its riotous handling, cool looks, and increased usability, the Mini Cooper Clubman is one of the best cars in the world for driving at highway speeds with the sunroof open. It's surprisingly quiet and doesn't even let in too much cool, 50-degree air ... yet another Clubman advantage versus the Mini droptop. All Minis, however, have finicky power-window switches that are initially reluctant to kick into auto-down mode but then don't seem to stop their auto-up/down pogoing. There goes BMW again, trying to fix something that wasn't broken. The thumbwheel climate controls are very fickle, as we also found in our departed Four Seasons Mini Cooper S coupe.
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I love the way the Mini Cooper Clubman looks. However, I learned the hard way that even though it's 9.6 inches longer than the coupe, four adults don't fit comfortably for long periods of time. The Mini Cooper in general is one of those cars best experienced when it's just the driver, the car, and a stretch of curvy roads; no passengers demanding more leg room, no cargo shoved in the rear hatch area.
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2009 Mini Cooper S Clubman
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As part of a new renewable energy project with E.ON, BMW is sending 15 electric-powered Mini E models to Munich, Germany, to test out a new type of charging station.
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Who says a belated birthday present can’t be significant? The 1.5 millionth “new” Mini rolled off the assembly line this morning, weeks after the brand celebrated its 50th anniversary.

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2009 MINI Cooper Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
1.6L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
28 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
37 MPG
Horsepower:
118 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
114 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
500,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:TURBO-CHARGER
Summary
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2011 MINI COOPER S, 2008-2011 MINI COOPER S CLUBMAN, 2009-2011 MINI COOPER S CONVERTIBLE, 2009-2011 MINI COOPER JCW, 2009-2011 MINI COOPER JCW CLUBMAN, 2009-2011 COOPER JCW CONVERTIBLE, AND 2011 COOPER S COUNTRYMAN PASSENGER CARS MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 14, 2006, THROUGH JANUARY 18, 2011. THE ELECTRIC AUXILIARY WATER PUMP THAT COOLS THE TURBOCHARGER HAS AN ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT BOARD THAT CAN MALFUNCTION AND OVERHEAT.
Consequences
THE CIRCUIT BOARD MAY SMOLDER WHICH COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE FIRE.
Remedy
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WATER PUMP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGANDURING FEBRUARY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-866-275-6464.
Potential Units Affected
90,368
Notes
BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC


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NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Acceptable
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable

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