Preview: 2005 Mini Cooper Convertible

May 26, 2004
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It's hardly a surprise that Mini has a new droptop version of the Mini Cooper, as we started seeing spy pictures, snapped during cold-weather testing in Scandinavia, more than a year ago. And we knew that Mini was determined not to wait as long as Volkswagen and Chrysler, which belatedly brought out convertible versions of their own boutique small cars, the New Beetle and PT Cruiser, respectively. The Mini brand has been a great success for BMW both in Europe and the United States, and Mini needs to keep the momentum going.
0408 Mini Convertible V01 Z
We just drove the Mini Cooper Convertible in the south of France, and you can read our driving impressions in our August issue, on newsstands in early July, but here are a few pictures and some basic info to whet your appetites. The Mini cabrio, which made its worldwide debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and bowed in the U.S. at April's New York Auto Show, gets a standard power-operated soft top and retains its four-passenger seating. Softtop models of the base Mini Cooper, with its 115-hp, 1.6-liter four, and the supercharged, 163-hp Cooper S, will be available, and the latter can be equipped with the optional Works package, which increases horsepower to 200. Look for the topless Mini at U.S. dealers in September.
0408 Mini Convertible H02 Z
We expect the US model to be largely similar to the Euro model when it arrives this Fall.

No. of doors/seats

2/4

Length/width/height (unladen)

mm

3,635/1,688/1,415

Wheelbase

mm

2,467

Track front/rear

mm

1,458/1,466

Turning circle

m

10.66

Tank capacity

approx.ltr

50

Cooling system including heating

ltr

5.3

Engine oil

ltr

4.5

Transmission fluid incl. final drive

ltr

Life filling (1.9)

Weight unladen DIN/EU1

kg

1,175/1,250

Max. load (DIN)

kg

400

Max. permissible weight (DIN)

kg

1,575

Permissible axle load front/rear

kg

870/770

Max. trailer load2

   

braked (12%)/unbraked

kg

650/500

Max. roof load/trailer nose weight

kg

-/-

Luggage comp. capacity VDA

l

120/165-605

Drag coefficient

cX x A

0.37 x 1.97

Engine

   

Layout/No of cylinders/valves

 

Inline/{{{4/4}}}

Engine management

 

Siemens EMS 2000

Capacity

cc

1,598

Bore/stroke

mm

77/85.8

Compression ratio

:1

10.6:1

Fuel grade

RON

91-98 RON

Max. output

kW/bhp

85/115

at engine speed

rpm

6,000

Torque

Nm

150

at engine speed

rpm

4,500

Electrical system

   

Battery/location

Ah/-

46/front

Alternator

A/W

{{{90}}}/1,260

Chassis and suspension

   

Front suspension

 

Single-joint Mc Pherson spring-strut suspension, anti-dive

Rear suspension

 

Longitudinal control arm with central transverse arms, Z-axle

Brakes, front

 

Disc brake vented

Diameter

mm

276x22

Brakes, rear

 

Disc brake

Diameter

mm

259x10

Driving stability systems

Hydraulic dual-circuit-braking system with antilock system (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC). Optional Automatic Stability Control + Traction (ASC+T) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). Mechanical hand brake acting on the rear wheels.

Steering

Electro-hydraulic steering (EHPAS);
2.5 revolutions from lock to lock

Overall steering transmission

:1

13.18

Transmission

 

5-speed manual

Transmission ratio I

:1

14.400

II

:1

8.327

III

:1

5.476

IV

:1

4.105

V

:1

3.509

R

:1

14.065

Final drive ratio

:1

Overall gear ratio

Tyres

175/65 R15 84H

Rims

55Jx15" Alu

Performance

   

Power to weight ratio (DIN)

kg/kW

13.8

Output per litre

kW/l

53.2

Acceleration 0-{{{62}}} mph

s

9.8

0-1000 m

s

-

in 4/5th gear 50-75 mph

s

11.6/14.4

Top speed

mph

120

Fuel consumption (EU cycle)

   

In town

ltr/{{{100}}} km

10.1

Out of town

ltr/100 km

5.7

Overall

ltr/100 km

7.3

CO2

g/km

175

Miscellaneous

   

Emission classification

-

EU4

Insurance classification

HPF/VK/TK

-

Ground clearance (unladen)

mm

140

Max. speed when raising or lowering the top

km/h

Vehicle must be at a standstill

Max. speed when opening or closing the sunroof

km/h

120

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2005 MINI Cooper

Base FWD 2-Dr Hatchback I4
starting at (MSRP)
$16,950
Engine
1.6L I4
Fuel Economy
NA City NA Hwy
2005 MINI Cooper