Reader Ride: 2002 MINI Cooper S

Time for total honesty: if we were to pick up a MINI tomorrow, this is the one we'd have. The combination of dark silver and a black roof is understated enough to be overlooked, but menacing in a way that makes us itch for the twisties. It tells anyone in The Know that you've got taste, and the blacked-out rims with a polished lip don't hurt either.

Today's RR comes courtesy of Flickr member tenfifteen, whose chosen chariot proves that he's every bit the car guy, and has impeccable taste in color combos. The blown four on his S gets a slight boost in intake pressure via a 15-percent reduction Helix supercharger pulley, an Alta cold air intake and an ECU tune by MTH. Sending the extra ponies to the ground is a custom-machined M7 flywheel that mates to a SPEC 2.5+ clutch and on down to a Quaife TB LSD.

Tasteful mods mated to a perfect balanced color scheme make this our Reader Ride for the day, and the great shots that tenfifteen provided don't hurt either. Follow the jump for more, including a full list of mods and directions on how to submit your own ride to our Flickr pool.

-15% reduction pulley by Helix
-Alta Cold Air Intake
-Milltek Sport Exhaust
-MTH ECU tune
-Kingsborne wires
-NGK plugs
-Alta oil catch can

-Quaife TB Limited-Slip Diff
-Custom-machined M7 flywheel
-SPEC 2.5+ clutch
-Alta Short-Shift Kit

-Leather, Premium/Cold packs
-Blacked 'S' trim
-Crap wheels (mfr withheld, all curbed by now)
-MonsterCable iCruze (discontinued iPod->OEM interface)
-Short antenna from Moss
-Bonnet stripes by Aesthetic Creations Phoenix

How to submit to RR of the Day:
Create a
Flickr account if you don't already have one. Join the group called "Autoblog Reader Rides." Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide and include as much information about it and yourself as you can. Vehicles lacking description will not be eligible and will be summarily deleted. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done!

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