2007 MINI Cooper Long Term Road Test


2007 Mini Cooper S: From Tokyo to LA With Love

October 29, 2007

Mini of Roppongi in Tokyo - Erin Riches

Any doubt I had about my descent into Mini-nerdom was put to rest during last week's trip to Tokyo: I now get excited just walking by Mini dealerships. Like Mini Roppongi, which is tucked into an upscale block of department stores in this central district of Tokyo.

I was particularly smitten with the rain-soaked Mini One parked out front.

Mini One at Mini Roppongi - E. Riches

True, its 95-hp engine and steel wheels aren't much next to our long-term Cooper's 172-hp turbo and snazzy BBS-ish 17-inch wheels. But this was the first time I'd seen the new Laser Blue Metallic paint with a color-matched roof -- and I think this is the combination I'd get if I bought my own Cooper S.

Back in LA, a Sunday run in our Cooper S on Little Tujunga Canyon Road helped me shake off my jet lag.

2007 Mini Cooper S - E.Riches

I simply can't stop liking the directness of the handling. You point the car into a tight corner and then enjoy the sensation of diving in after it.

Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor @ 6,132 miles

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