2011 MINI Cooper Consumer Review: "S" engine is now a star

2011 MINI Cooper - Consumer Review

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S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)

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"S" engine is now a star
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2011 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


It's hard to believe the Mini Cooper S is only rated at 181 horsepower, it feels like more. After driving the standard Cooper hardtop the difference was night and day... if you can't afford the S, don't drive one.

I also have a Lotus Elise & have been driving both up the same canyon road to observe the differences. The Lotus corners quicker/flatter, but the Cooper launches you out of a corner with more low end (turbo) thrust. Its power is in the midrange and it flings you forward from around 3,000 RPM. What a blast. It leans a bit while cornering but stays neutral when you hit the gas so you don't need to enter a turn super fast to maintain speed. Great fun, great car.

Best Features

Power band, build quality, gas mileage, side sun visor, golf clubs fit in the back (at an angle).

Worst Features

Exhaust pop/burble is interesting in sports mode, but is a bit strange as the engine is otherwise quiet.
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