Crystal Silver Metallic Paint ($500); Premium Package ($1,750 -- includes front power glass sunroof panel with tilt and slide, rear power glass sunroof panel with tilt, automatic climate control with cabin air filtration, Harman Kardon sound system; 480-watt amplifier with 5.1 Surround Sound, 10 speakers); Convenience Package ($1,250 -- includes universal garage door opener, Comfort Access, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth phone pre-wiring, iPod adapter with USB cable); Sport Package ($1,000 -- includes 18-by-7.5-inch Turbo Fan design alloy wheels with 225/45R18 run-flat performance tires, xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights with auto-leveling, retractable and high-intensity power washers, white turn signals, black or white hood stripes are no extra charge with this option); Parallel Lines Cloth/Leather ($1,000 -- includes cloth and leather interior upholstery with contrasting color parallel lines on seat seat inserts); Cold Weather Package ($750 -- includes heated washer jets, heated exterior mirrors, power-folding exterior mirrors, heated front seats); Park Distance Control ($500 -- includes rear bumper-mounted sensors); 18-by-7.5-inch Five-Star Double-Spoke Design Anthracite-Finish Alloy Wheels With 225/45R18 Run-Flat Performance Tires ($500); Center Armrest ($250 -- includes center armrest for front seat occupants); Cargo Net ($250 -- includes storage net in rear cargo area).
Turbocharged, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing and lift
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
181 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
177 (192) @ 1,600 (overboost)
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Unfortunately, the only way to launch this AWD Mini is by slipping the clutch, which already has a very high engagement in the pedal's travel. No wheelspin possible. Nearly identical runs with traction control on/off because they both require the same launch technique. Shifter has long throws but well-defined gates. Some sort of clutch/throttle damping prolongs shifts. Power delivery is reasonably linear and does not taper as redline approaches.
Very, very consistent; zero fade or pedal softness, little dive, and straight across five stops.
Skid pad: Despite non-defeat ESC, when "off" it doesn't intrude at all on the skid pad. Instead, the car remains neutral, even gets a little "loose" with drop throttle. Steering weight (in Sport mode) is on the heavy side, but not awful. With ESC on, first the throttle closes to slow the car, then brakes start to grab occasionally. Slalom: Non-defeat ESC is pretty lenient and stays distant as long as the driver in on the throttle. As a result, best run was slow-in, fast-out with progressive throttle. Crisp turn-in, takes a set well, but grows a little reluctant to transition when trying to "flick" it. Steering also grows a little syrupy the more aggressively you drive it. I could sense (and use) the AWD only at the exit at wide-open throttle. Still, this is an impressive performance. Very good.