The new MINI Cooper S Convertible is here, delivering powerful performance and aesthetics that are deemed to aim both at functionality and enjoying fun experience.
According to the official site, the new model has distinctive designs for the exterior and interior. Outside the vehicle, interesting elements can be found such as air scoop in the bonnet; a black honeycomb-patterned grille embellished by a chrome blade and iconic S emblem; air ducts for the brakes; door bezel which is available in choice of themes; side scuttles that are also made of chrome materials with added stylish white indicator light; and double exhaust tailpipes.
Additionally, the exterior mirror caps and the side scuttles can be installed with a chequered flag in black and white colors in order for the convertible to have a sense of uniqueness. The colors are available in Lapisluxury Blue, Volcanic Orange, Chili Red, and Pepper White.
Based on first drive reviews, the boot is said to be 25 percent bigger than before with 215 liters more with the roof closed and 160 liters when open. The ride copes with road imperfections and demands very little as it is comfortable even if there is a roof or not.
On the other hand, the inside of the cabin showcases upholstery made of rich and warm hue of Leather Chester Malt Brown, on-board computer for communication including MINI Navigation System XL, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth with USB Radio.
The dimension measures 3,850mm for length, 1,727mm for width, 1,415mm for height, luggage capacity of 160 to 215L, maximum payload of 460kg and maximum vehicle weight of 1,745kg. The wheel size is 17-inch light alloy in liquid black, TPMS complete with run-flat tyres and the axle load limit in front and rear at 955kg and 810kg, respectively.
Under the hood, the engine can either be manual or sports automatic with the former having a top speed of 143mph and acceleration of 0 to 62mph in 7.2 seconds and the latter's ratings are at 142mph and 7.1s. The two differ in the fuel consumption (36.2mpg to 35.8mpg versus 39.8mpg to 39.2mpg) and C02 emission (139-142g/km versus 131-134g/km) and similar at the effective displacement of 1998cm, four-cylindrical valves, max output of 192-horsepower and torque of 280nm.
The standard version has security features such as tire pressure monitoring, Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, park distance control, front foglight, reversing assist camera and cruise control with brake functions.
Consumers may opt to choose from MINI Sport Exterior package, Media, Mini Sport Pack and Chili with the base price starting from £22,430.