- Dec 9, 2006
Spy Shots: MINI Cooper Convertible
Although it will probably be mistaken for the previous gen by 99% of the people, every body panel on the new MINI is different. MINI has promised they have retained the great handling of the old version, with the added bonus of better ride quality. The new engines are1.6-liter lumps with BMW's Valvetronic variable valve timing, which develop 120 hp and 103 ft-lbs of torque without a turbo and a slightly more robust 175 hp and 177 ft-lbs. of torque in S form.
And let's not forget, the S is now turbocharged rather than supercharged like in the outgoing model. The new motors will deliver more power, better mileage and cleaner emissions. Both models will be available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Check out our previous MINI posts for more details about the changes in the new version.