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2012 Mini Cooper
2012 Mini Cooper
BMW hit a home run when it introduced the reincarnated Mini. America's appetite for small, fuel-efficient cars has something to do with the Mini Cooper's success, but the fact that it's a hoot to drive definitely doesn't hurt. The Mini once distinguished itself in the automotive market because of its petite size, but with an increasing number of quality subcompacts on the market, the Mini now trades more on its driving dynamics and reputation as a premium small car than on its small size and fuel economy. Last year, all Coopers gained a power bump thanks to direct injection and BMW's throttleless Valvetronic technology. The retro-chic Cooper continues with a satellite-sized, center-mounted speedometer and a smattering of toggle switches throughout the interior to recall the original Mini from decades past. While it may not be the most ergonomically efficient interior, it's one of the most aesthetically pleasing. The Mini is available in three body styles: a three-door hardtop, a softtop convertible, and the long-wheelbase Clubman with a set of split rear cargo doors and a half-sized third door on the passenger side for easier rear-seat access. Engines come in normally aspirated and turbocharged forms, with the 208-hp John Cooper Works version epitomizing the Mini's go-kart driving feel. As for customization options, Mini claims there are more than 10 million possible combinations, so if you've always wanted to own a one-of-a-kind car, here's your chance.
2012 Mini Hatchback Breaks Guinness World Record For Most People Inside
More than 400,000 people have attempted to break records in observance of Guinness World Records Day. Among them was a team of gymnasts who managed to cram into a 2012 Mini hatchback -- all 28 of them. The ladies succeeded in setting a new record for the number of people in a Mini hatchback, breaking their previous world record of 27. That was just the first record they broke, as 23 of them also fit inside a classic Mini.
Mini Convertible Boat Front Three Quarter 1
If you attend the Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend, a two-mile crew race that attracts over 9000 elite rowers, keep your eyes peeled for an unusual safety vessel: a floating Mini Cooper convertible. The boat-car was created specifically for Mini as a promotional tool for the HOCR event. The Mini boat is actually a fiberglass mold of a real-world Mini convertible, placed atop a boat with a 6-hp outboard engine. The boat-car is painted in Mini Chili Red and most of its components are cribbed directly from a real Mini, including the headlights, taillights, steering wheel, badges, and wheels. At this weekend's two-day crew competition, the boat will be used to monitor the safety and progress of rowers along the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. After that, Mini plans to use the convertible boat at other promotional events in the future. Look out for it motoring down a river near you! Although the idea of a floating Mini convertible is surprising, it isn't a totally new idea. Mini previously showed off the Yachtsman as an April Fools' joke ahead of this year's New York auto show. According to Mini, the Yachtsman would have cost $236,000 and was capable of traveling at up to 61 knots on water. Upgrades compared to standard road-going Minis included waterproof seats, a big snorkel, a silver rudder, and a special "shark-resistant" undercoating. Source: Mini
2013 Mini JCW GP Left Side View Sun
What has two seats, a turbocharged engine, and is 18 seconds quicker around the Nurburgring than its predecessor? In this case, the answer is the second-generation, 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP, which will debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month. The last time we saw a Mini John Cooper Works GP (Mini GP for shorthand), it was 2006 and the first generation of the retro-styled Mini was ending its product run. The GP, which was limited to 2000 units, took a stock Mini John Cooper Works hardtop and added power and suspension upgrades. Its supercharged 1.6-liter I-4 made 214 horsepower, which made the most powerful production Mini money could buy at the time. Fast forward six years: Mini is once again readying a new generation of Coopers, and the current-generation Mini’s swansong is once again a Mini GP -- although this one promises to be a bit different than the last one. To start, the second-gen GP's engine is turbocharged, not supercharged. Still, the uprated powerplant--a 1.6-liter, twin-scroll turbocharged I-4--makes 218 horsepower, which is sent through a six-speed manual transmission to the front wheels. For most of the time, the GP makes 192 lb-ft of torque, but as with other turbocharged Minis it has an overboost function that can briefly increase torque to 207 lb-ft. With that power on tap, Mini estimates the GP will hit 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and top out at 150 mph. To keep the party going when the road gets twisty, Mini also fitted uprated brakes, stickier tires, and unique suspension hardware. The GP is the first Mini to come with adjustable coilovers, which allow drivers to lower the ride height by up to 20 mm. Engineers tweaked the car's suspension geometry to provide more grip and decrease understeer. When the driving gets even more spirited, the GP has a modified traction/stability control system that promises reduced intervention. It also instigates torque vectoring by braking the inside wheel in a turn, which helps increase speed during cornering. Exterior amendments include a full aerodynamic kit, complete with a new front apron, rear diffuser, and a rear deck spoiler. Fans of the last GP's hot four-spoke wheels will be happy to know those visual cues return. Inside, the front seats are supplied by Recaro, and the rear seats are replaced by a bright red strut tower brace. Details tied to pricing and availability haven't yet been announced, other than to say that 2000 will be made in 2013 and that some of them will reach the United States. Still, we'd suggest calling your Mini dealer very soon and getting ready to cut a big check: less than 500 of the last GP Mini made it to our shores at a price well above that of the Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop. For die-hard Mini fans, however, it'll be well worth the cost. Source: Mini
Mini John Cooper Works GP Front Three Quarter
It's not enough to add performance -- the new Mini John Cooper Works GP also wears a series of striking visual upgrades to help it stand out from the rest of the Mini lineup. In this video, Mini design chief Anders Warming explains the unique touches that help make the John Cooper Works GP special.
Mini Mini Motion Front Three Quarter
BMW and Mini have provided hundreds of vehicles for the 2012 London Olympic Games, most of which are used to shuttle dignitaries, athletes, and adjudicators around London in time for each event. But in addition to normal, life-size vehicles, Mini has deployed a fleet of tiny cars it calls Mini Minis. The three Mini Minis are 1/4th-scale radio-controlled cars painted with an Olympic Games livery, and complete with details like working headlights and windshield wipers. Each car has a 10-hp electric motor that can run for about 35 minutes, before the battery needs to be charged for 80 minutes. Over the course of the Olympic Games, each of the Mini Minis is expected travel about 3.7 miles per day. So why, exactly, will three toy cars collectively drive almost 12 miles around the Olympic arenas daily? The point of the cars -- aside from further touting Mini at the Games -- is to help retrieve hammers, discus, or javelins during track and field events. The 55-pound radio-control cars can carry a payload of up to 18 pounds, which is placed in the open sunroof. The cars can be controlled from up to 328 feet away, allowing an operator to collect equipment without having to run all over the field. Lazy? Perhaps, but it sounds like a modern-day way to help the Games run smoothly. And, of course, promote the Mini brand. In addition to the electric toy cars, Mini and BMW also have provided real-size electric vehicles for the Olympic Games. BMW made 160 of its 1 Series ActiveE electric coupes available, while Mini deployed 40 Mini E electric hatchbacks. Each of the Mini Mini cars measures 43.3 inches long and 19.7 inches wide. A regular Mini Cooper hatchback, by contrast, is 146.6 inches long and 66.3 inches long. There's no word yet on whether Mini will sell these Olympic runabouts available to the general public, but it's on our wish list just in case. Source: BMW

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2012 MINI Cooper Specifications

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1.6L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
29 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
37 MPG
121 hp @ 6000rpm
114 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control (optional)
  • 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)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
36,000 miles / 32 months
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Not Rated
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