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170 bhp MINI Cooper S Convertible

MINI UK is delighted to announce pricing and specification details of its new range topping MINI Cooper S Convertible. The MINI Cooper S Convertible will make its UK debut at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live on 25 May. It will be priced at £17,595 and will go on sale in the UK at the end of August. Just like the MINI One Convertible and MINI Cooper Convertible, the MINI Cooper S Convertible will be built at Plant Oxford in the UK.

The MINI Cooper S Convertible is powered by the flexible 1.6 litre, four-cylinder engine used in the MINI One and the MINI Cooper. However, the addition of supercharger and intercooler technology enables the MINI Cooper S Convertible to produce 170 bhp at 6,000 rpm. Maximum torque of the MINI Cooper S Convertible is 220 Nm at 4,000 rpm. This means that the MINI Cooper S Convertible has an additional 7 bhp, and 10 Nm more torque than the original MINI Cooper S.

The MINI Cooper S Convertible races from 0-62 mph in 7.4 seconds and accelerates from 50-75 mph in fourth gear in 6.6 seconds. Top speed is 134 mph and fuel consumption is 32.1 mpg.

The MINI Cooper S Convertible is fitted with a fully electric roof, Park Distance Control and 16 inch ‘X lite’ alloy wheels as standard. An exclusive 17 inch, five star bullet alloy wheel is available exclusively for the MINI Convertible range. Just like the MINI One Convertible and MINI Cooper Convertible, the MINI Cooper S Convertible will be launched with a choice of 10 exterior paint colours including Cool Blue, Hot Orange and two exclusive MINI Cooper S colours – Hyper Blue and Dark Silver.

A minor refresh for MINI One, MINI One D, MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S

From July 2004, the MINI hatchback range will receive an enhanced interior and exterior look. In addition, modifications to the transmission will increase engine flexibility in the mid range. Trevor Houghton-Berry, general manager MINI UK said: “Clearly we did not want to change a winning formula – customers love the friendly face and retro interior of the MINI. This model update is merely a few subtle tweaks to make the MINI even more desirable than it already is.”

New transmission

A new five-speed ‘Getrag’ gearbox with modified gear ratios will feature in all MINI One and MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S models. The modification results in improved acceleration for both models. The MINI One now accelerates in fourth gear from 50-75 mph in 11.9 seconds (previously 12.8 seconds).

Torque on the MINI Cooper has been increased from 149 Nm at 4,500 rpm to 150 Nm at 4,500 rpm. This minor improvement helps the MINI Cooper knock 0.1 of a second off its 0-62 mph acceleration sprint to record a time of 9.1 seconds (previously 9.2 seconds). Acceleration in fifth gear from 50-75 mph takes 13.5 seconds, an improvement of one second.

MINI One and MINI Cooper engine power remain the same at 90 bhp and 115 bhp respectively but the Cooper S posts a 7 bhp increase in performance taking its maximum output to 170 bhp at 6,000 rpm. Top speed is increased by 3 mph to 138 mph and the all-important 0-62 mph is achieved in just 7.2 seconds, a reduction of 0.2 seconds. Also, torque has been increased by 10 Nm, peaking at 220 Nm at 4,000 rpm.

The exterior

All MINI models receive new clear glass headlights that provide brighter illumination. The optional xenon headlights have also been modified to include an additional ring of light spots for increased visibility.

The MINI One and MINI Cooper also get a re-designed front and rear bumper. At the front, the bumper has been lowered, while at the rear, the rubbing strip has been split with the fog light re-positioned neatly between the two halves (previously the rubbing strip was a single unit with the fog light above). Reversing lights are now integrated into the newly designed rear light clusters.

Two new metallic exterior paint colours will be introduced from July – Astro Black (replaces Cosmos Black) and Black-Eyed Purple (replaces Indi Blue). Another new metallic colour, Hyper Blue, will be reserved for Cooper S models. Electric Blue will be extended as a colour option on all models with the exception of the MINI Convertible range. This means that there is a choice of 10 exterior colours for every MINI in the range.

The interior

All MINIs will receive the following ergonomic improvements:

• New storage area
• New ‘coin tray’ area under the handbrake
• Larger rear cup holder
• Door armrest with improved ergonomic grip
• More spacious door bin for improved storage
• Additional side mounted sun visor for driver
• Improved side support from seat bench side bolsters
• Addition of passenger grab handle above window
• Larger rear view mirror
• Clock repositioned from headlining to central instrument panel
• Improved interior ambient lighting
• ISOFIX and CD preparation as standard
• Rev counter (previously not standard on MINI One)

Upholstery choices have been expanded to offer 14 different cloth, cloth/ leather and full leather designs. Cloth Dragon replaces Cloth AQUA as the standard upholstery for MINI One and MINI One D, and Cloth Octagon replaces Cloth KALEIDO as standard on MINI Cooper models.

A new ‘body coloured’ trim has increased MINI Cooper S interior trim choices to five. Colours available are Chili Red, Liquid Yellow, Electric Blue and Hyper Blue. Alternatively customers can choose from silver, anthracite, alloy patina, and wood.

Text/Photos: Mini