(from Mini Press Release) 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 25th 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 170bhp at 6,000rpm. Maximum torque of
the MINI Cooper S Convertible is 220Nm at 4000rpm. This means that the
MINI Cooper S Convertible has an additional 7bhp, and 10Nm more torque
than the original MINI Cooper S.
The MINI Cooper S Convertible races from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds and
accelerates from 50-75mph in fourth gear in 6.6 seconds. Top speed is
134mph and fuel consumption is 32.1mpg.
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 ten exterior paint colours including Cool Blue, Hot
Orange and two exclusive MINI Cooper S colours - Hyper Blue and Dark
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
A new five-speed 'Getrag' gearbox with
modified gear ratios will feature in all MINI One and MINI Cooper
models. The modification results in improved acceleration for both
models. The MINI One now accelerates in fourth gear from 50-75mph in
11.9 seconds (previously 12.8 seconds).
Torque on the MINI Cooper has been increased from 149Nm at 4,500rpm to
150Nm at 4,500rpm. This minor improvement helps the MINI Cooper knock
0.1 of a second off its 0-62mph acceleration sprint to record a time of
9.1 seconds (previously 9.2 seconds). Acceleration in fifth gear from
50-75mph takes 13.5 seconds, an improvement of one second.
MINI One and MINI Cooper engine power remain the same at 90bhp and
115bhp respectively but the Cooper S posts a 7bhp increase in
performance taking its maximum output to 170bhp at 6,000rpm. Top speed
is increased by 3mph to 138mph and the all-important 0-62mph is achieved
in just 7.2 seconds, a reduction of 0.2 seconds. Also, torque has been
increased by ten Newton metres, peaking at 220Nm at 4,000rpm.
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 ten exterior colours for every MINI in the
All MINIs will receive the following
· 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.
Prices have been moderately increased by an average of 2.5 per cent
across the range to reflect the new additional specification. The price
increase is effective on all cars produced from 1st July 2004. Adjusted
MINI prices are as follows:
MINI One £10,780.00
MINI One D £11,695.00
MINI Cooper £12,100.00
MINI Cooper S £15,180.00
(Prices shown are on the road prices)
The refreshed MINI model range will make its UK debut at Motor Show Live
on 25th May - 6th June at the Birmingham NEC.