The Mini Cooper is a compact two-door four-passenger car with a surprising amount of room in a relatively small and fun-to-drive package. The base model has been bumped up and now offers 118 horsepower from its 1.6-liter engine linked to either a five-speed manual transmission or the optional variable speed automatic. There is also an S model that adds a supercharger to the 1.6-liter four-cylinder that increases to horsepower to 168. The S is available with the standard six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.Read more Read less
The MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S were wholly redesigned for 2007. Most notably, the car's inline-four engine was reengineered and fitted with fully variable valve lift and timing, which cleverly gives the car enhanced power, torque and fuel economy. The car was stretched by almost two inches as well, and steering became more responsive, improving an already stellar drive. The standard transmission gains an extra gear, as it is now a six-speed, and automatic stability control comes standard. A "Sport Button" has been added to both the base and S Coopers, and it increases accelerator and steering response. An on-board computer, which was a $200 option in 2006 is now standard as well. CVT was dropped from the coupes for 2007. Two new optional packages debut on both the base coupe and the Cooper S in 2007: the Hyper Sport Package (sport suspension plus, and an aerodynamic kit) and the Audio Package (hi-fi HD sound system with Sirius satellite radio). Harman/kardon sound systems are no longer optional on 2007 MINIs, as are the Checkmate and JCW Packages. Keyless Go comfort access is optional for the first time on 2007 MINIs as is an arsenal of interior color combinations that would make Picasso's head spin.
Exceptional driving experience; more smiles per mile than any other new car on the road; seemingly infinite level of customization
Few cars come as close to conveying the pure joy of driving like a MINI, and the redesigned Cooper only serves to further emphasize this fact. From the more practical base model to the thrill-a-minute S, and with virtually every conceivable option under the sun available (except for increased leg room or cargo capacity), the MINI can be ordered to suit any driver. And though their price may seem high for what these cars are, try to find a MINI driver who regrets the purchase.
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