With a suggested price of 144,950 reais, the Mini Cooper S Roadster has all the comfort, safety and mechanics that make the model a perfect representative of an urban sports car. Next, the impressions of the test drive performed in urban use, where the on-board computer reported an average consumption of 10.1 km / l of gasoline.

Design – The two-seater convertible follows the features of the line, but is not simply one of the other models without the hood. It is a well-defined three-volume, there is no room for other people besides the driver and passenger – which ensures good luggage space. The profile is very charming with the hood closed, and gains more charisma with it open. Like across the line, the exterior retro details are generally harmonic, but the internal ones can be awkward by mixing round, analog instruments to the 6.5-inch digital control panel display. The pair of saints – the arches just behind the seats, just above the headrest, for protection in case of overturning – confer the sporting item of the car’s birth.

Engine – Four-cylinder, 1.6-liter, 16-valve, turbocharged, with 184 horsepower and direct gasoline injection. According to the manufacturer, it makes 0 to 100 km / h in 7 seconds and has a top speed of 227 km / h. And you can believe that when you press the throttle, the engine responds immediately. You have to stay alert and not get excited because as soon as the turbo takes effect the speed rises even faster covers car chevrolet.

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Mini Cooper S Cabriolet (/)

Hood – Very simple removal: simply turn a lever above the inside mirror and push it slightly up and back. Without too much force she slides into the compartment behind the guard bars. Slight pressure and the hood closes. To open it, you need to release the seat belt, open the compartment and a little effort to bring it towards the slot in the windscreen. No drama, it’s easy, but if it were electric it would save time. Depending on the urgency and the situation, it may be faster to get out of the car to close it. The fit is very good and closed did not show any excessive wind noise.

Exchange – Automatic six – speed with manual shift option on the lever or the steering wheel through butterflies. The speed of the gears is quick, it does not let the engine speed fall and, thus, it guarantees the pilotage. But it also did well at lower speeds and slower accelerations, the engine-gear set is well balanced. It did not cause any discomfort or insecurity at any point in traffic or on the road.

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Mini Cooper S Cabriolet (/)

Dirigibility – Strong point of the sport. The servo-assisted electric steering – gets stiffer as speed increases – is well-matched, responds well to maneuvers, and always leaves the car “in the hand”. The sporty suspension, firmer, absorbs well the imperfections of the ground and gives the sensation of leaving the convertible glued to the ground. And without a hood it has almost total visibility from all angles – which also gives the feeling that the car is even smaller than it is. The adaptation is quick, gives driving pleasure, the car is very “light” – with low center of gravity gives a feeling of being driving something very close to a kart, the reactions are fast and easy to maneuver.

Comfort – Complete package, with emphasis on air conditioning, sound system with 10 speakers and 480 watt amplifier – absolutely necessary without the hood and with very good bass and treble definition – and navigation system with color screen 6.5-inch, Bluetooth, audio and USB inputs.

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Mini Cooper S Cabriolet (/)

Safety – In addition to the Santana, it has ABS brakes, electronic brake distribution system (EBD) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control (DTC). It also has a rear aerofoil that rises when the speed reaches 80 km / h and is collected when it returns to 60km / h. It also includes front airbags, three-point seat belts and tire damage indicator. As a weak point, the vision compromised with the top closed, because there is no column or side window. Good to be very attentive to the mirrors. With the hood lowered, the air diffuser – a small screen between the santantones, to reduce wind and noise – reduces the view of the internal mirror. It is not a danger, but it is good to be aware. s the center of gravity is low and the car has several braking and stability systems (Automatic Stability Control + Traction, Curb Brake Control, Electronic Brake Distribution, among others), high speed maneuvers driver. In fact, the car has front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger and curtain-type head airbags.

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Mini Cooper S accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in seven seconds

The driving position is also comfortable and allows full control of the small dimensions of the car. So, to park, there is not the slightest difficulty. The use of parking sensors is totally dispensable. Suspension and damping allow for even more dynamic driving. Adding to all these sporting items is the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and 177-horsepower direct injection – available only with a six-speed automatic transmission, which has a choice of rear-wheel drive changes and perfectly complies with the commands – and the driver has a ideal car for fun both in traffic and on the weekend ride. But those who have heavy feet should be careful with the speed limit of the tracks: the model reaches from 0 to 100km / h in seven seconds. In addition to being light, the Cooper S is equipped with an overboost system that raises the torque to 26.51 kgfm in case of strong acceleration. In “normal” situation the maximum torque is 24.47 kgfm between 1600 and 5000 rpm.

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Mini Cooper S has small space for the rear passenger (Photo: Press)

Little space in the back

The fun only ends up trying to give a ride to more than one person. Despite the high ceiling, it is very difficult to accommodate the legs in the back seat. People over 1.60 m change their minds quickly when they want to walk.

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Interior of the model

For those who like to have bigger dominance over the car, the lack of the manual shift option in the S version disappointsAlready consumption is not a problem. Economically, the Mini Cooper averaged 9.2 km / l in the city and 17.5 km / l on the road, according to data from the manufacturer. However, the weight in the budget comes from IPVA, maintenance and the $ 119,500 to be disbursed at the time of purchase. “Detail” that ends the inspiration of anyone. But for those who money is no problem, the eccentricity is worth it. Sales in Brazil only started in 2009, with second generation unitsand modest three concessionaires. In that year there were 980 plates; now with robust 31 stores, Mini’s goal in the country is to reach the 2,800 cars delivered in 2014, divided between Cooper / Cooper S Cooper One (all three versions of the hatch) and Cabrio, Coupé,

The range of the model is as follows: Cooper One Entry version, still without catalog and defined prices, arrives in stores in November. The engine is the 1.2 TwinPower Turbo, petrol only, 3-cylinder and 102 horsepower, always with six-speed manual transmission (maximum 195 km / h)

Cooper – $ 89,950 The engine is the 1.5 TwinPower Turbo, only gasoline and also 3-cylinder, coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission and capable of generating 136 horses (maximum of 210 km / h). Among other items, the version offers ignition per button; hydraulic steering; multifunctional steering wheel controls, which are covered in leather; height adjustment for the front seats; automatic air-conditioning and digital dual zone; Steptronic six-speed automatic transmission; stop / start system; adaptive suspension; Mini Driving Modes (Green, Mid and Sport); rain sensor; board computer; autopilot with braking function; Mini Basis radio with six speakers; fixing of children’s chairs Isofix; fog lights and rear fog lights; Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control (DTC); six airbags (front, side and curtain)

Cooper S Exclusive

Equipped with 2.0L2.0LTwinPower Turbo, gasoline, 4-cylinder, with six-speed automatic transmission and 192 horsepower (maximum 233 km / h). In addition to the larger engine, it adds to the Cooper’s package items such as headlights and LED fog lights; photochromic internal rear view mirror; front armrest; Mini Visual Boost radio with 6.5 “screen, Bluetooth, Mini Connect (infotainment connectable to social networks), electronic differential control, alloy wheels ring 17”.

 Cooper S Exclusive NAVI

Same Exclusive content, adding parking sensor; John Cooper Works leather steering wheel with gearshift fins; Steptronic transmission with Launch Control; Mini Professional navigation system.

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Adds Harman / Kardon sound system; head-up display (HUD, projection of information on the windshield); Wired package with 8.8 “LCD screen, and Drive Assistant with adaptive autopilot, frontal collision warning, headlamp assistant etc


 Outside, the Cooper has been redesigned according to contemporary trends, especially in the new one-piece hexagonal front grille, large and demarcated by a chrome bar (whose edges are rounded). The tactic of creating a “mouth” worked well, leaving the hatch more aggressive and aligned with the sporting proposal. At the same time, and according to the tradition of the trolley, the headlights follow round and “inside” the engine (the hood is trimmed to shelter them), and the ceiling is rectilinear. In the rear, the main change was the body of the lanterns, which were no longer triangular and, even installed in the paralamas, began to invade the area of   the lid of the trunk. Cooper is not so mini when he suggests the brand name. The new generation gained 9.8 cm in length (was 3.85 meters), 2.6 cm in width (1.73 m), 1.2 cm in height (1.41 m) and 2.8 cm in between axles (2.49 m). With redesigned seats, the trunk has grown 51 liters, reaching 211 liters (there is a possibility of folding)


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