2007 Mini Cooper S: Spotting the Changes
September 10, 2007
When Mini redesigned the Cooper coupe this year (the convertible remains the same as last year), it was great that they kept the same loveable retro style. But so subtle were the generational changes that it was somewhat frustrating to car nuts like me to try and tell it apart from last year's coupe.
So, to save all you Cooper enthusiasts from embarrassment when the epic question "Is that the 'new' one?" is posed, herewith are a few exterior clues for y'all. The photos are of the Cooper S model: our red 2007 and a white 2006.
From the front, you'll see that the grille's chrome surround is more cohesive (last year the lower portion looked like a decal that was slapped onto the bumper). On the Cooper S, the insert is now blacked out. Note also that the turn signals moved into the headlight shells.
From the side on the 2007 version, the side vents extend to the hood's (sorry, "bonnet's) cut line and the headlights are more visible. The newer "S" sports more chrome on that side vent too.
From astern, you'll note on the S that the black insert in the lower rear fascia runs full-width in the new car versus broken up on the '06. Also, the reverse lights became narrow rectangles in both the standard and S version for 2007.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 3,787 miles.