MINI Cooper S 

  • $27k built in Unknown
  • 2014
  • 181 HP 1.6L
The steering is suitably hefty, particularly in Sport, yet it's not a chore (and if it ever starts to feel like one, Mid does a nice approximation of a normal steering weight).
by AutoBlog (Jun, 2014)
If the roadster has room for only two versus the two-plus-two convertible, your lone passenger will feel flattered, and you’ll have a little more room for weekend cargo—2.5 more cubic feet than in the two-plus-two—as well as a pass-through that allows stowage on the fly.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2012)

Road Tests Real world tests of the MINI Cooper S

0-60mph

Cooper S S
6.5 s
Nissan 350Z
5.2 s
Solstice GXP
5.5 s

1/4 mile

Cooper S S
17.79 s
Solstice GXP
13.7 s
Nissan 350Z
13.8 s

Data points Key details of the MINI Cooper S

Price

Cooper S S
$27k
Subaru BRZ
$38k

Horsepower

Cooper S S
181 HP
Nissan 350Z
283 HP
Solstice GXP
260 HP

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What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Powertrain

Upgrade to the Cooper S if you'd like a dash of sport with your quirky crossover, as its 181-horsepower rating from the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder gives the Countryman a much-needed sense of pep.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)
The transmission choices are a six-speed Getrag manual and a six-speed Aisin-Warner automatic.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 2006)
Both manual and automatic six-speed transmissions are also available.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)

Performance

There's plenty of torque across the rev range, meaning you can dig into the floor-hinged gas pedal with aplomb.
by AutoBlog (Jun, 2014)
The torque is rated at 177 lb-ft apparently from 1,600 up to 5,000 rpm and we found the brief overboost feature of 192 lb-ft to be most enjoyable to blast past slower traffic.
by AutoBlog Canada (Nov, 2012)
On this tiny Spanish island, the Paceman feels huge versus all of the other traffic consisting of microscopic European compacts and likely had the most horsepower there too.
by AutoBlog Canada (Nov, 2012)

Body style

We expect the Paceman to cash in on some of that unexpected following but wonder if this larger coupe should have come first since it is closer to MINI's lineage?
by AutoBlog Canada (Nov, 2012)
Chopping the roof off that two-seat hardtop didn’t require much additional structural reinforcement, since the coupe (and therefore the roadster) is based on Mini’s four-seat convertible; modifications include a torsion bar that spans rail to rail below the seats, strengthened rocker panels, and a stronger windshield surround.
by Car and Driver (May, 2012)
Now here’s the Coupe, with a roadster version soon to follow, and it’s clear that the modern Mini refuses to be limited by self-imposed stereotypes.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2011)

Handling

The steering is quick, informative, and accurate; braking is powerful and easy to modulate; shift engagements are precise; and throttle response is instantaneous.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2012)
The electric power steering is race-car quick and precise, and body roll is all but absent.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2011)
When we were able to tame the wheel, we found the same accurate and nicely weighted steering we’ve come to expect from Mini.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2009)

Transmission

A 225 on an 18-inch wheel would have been better suited for a vehicle of this proportion and a curbweight of 1,374 kg (3,030 pounds) add 25kg (55lbs) for the six-speed automatic.
by AutoBlog Canada (Nov, 2012)
The base model gets a 134-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder powerplant that enables a 7.3-second manufacturer-estimated 0-60 mph time with the new six-speed automatic and 7.4 seconds with the new six-speed manual transmission.
by MotorTrend
A single premium package is available, bundling the dual-pane panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing automatic headlights, and automatic climate control, plus more.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand MINI
Price $26,900
Type of car Production car
Year 2014
City mileage 26 MPG
Highway mileage 32 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 17.18 lb/hp
Maximum hp 181 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Maximum torque 177 ft-lb @ 1,600 RPM
Engine placement Front
Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 feet
Steering system Unknown

engine

Displacement 1,598 cc
Cylinders I4
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.03 in / 3.38 in
Valvetrain DOHC

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,110 lb
Width 70.3 in
Height 59.9 in
Length 162.2 in
Front track width 60 in
Ground clearance 4.9 in
Wheelbase 102.2 in
Has a rear spoiler Yes

road tests

1/4 mile 17.79 s
0-60mph 6.5 s
Lateral acceleration 0.89 g

design

Body style Sedan
Top type Hard fixed

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Paddle shifters Optional

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Independent
Rear suspension Multi link, Independent
Front brakes 12.09 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.98 in Disc
Front wheels 205/55 17
Wheel material Alloy
Wheel material Alloy
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