Cooper S
MINI logo
12,000 CR
Model year: 2003
Performance Index: D 315
Drive Type: FWD
Engine Placement: Front
Basic Performance
Advanced Performance
Power: 163 HP (121 kW)
Torque: 155 lb ft (210 N·m)
Weight: 2730 lbs (1238 Kg)
Front: 59%
Displ: 1.6 L
Power/weight: 131 HP per ton

98 kW per ton

The plucky rally hero of yesteryear is back with the Cooper S, an all-new car with a historic name. The original Mini Coopers shocked the world by tearing up the competition at the famous Monte Carlo rallies, the tiny car running circles around much more powerful rivals. While the new Cooper S is larger than the original, it’s still minuscule by modern standards. However, like its ancestor, the performance is anything but small—a short wheelbase and firm but compliant suspension makes the Cooper S an eager partner for windy road duties. While the old car had to overcome asthmatic engine output, the modern Cooper S packs a supercharger and a willing engine, and therefore has plenty of grunt to entertain on the straights as well as the mountain hairpins. While there’s no mistaking the Cooper S for anything but a MINI outside, the clean mini-hatch is not retro to a fault, and its characteristic charms inside (like the comically oversized speedometer) just add to the fun. Thankfully, as it’s matured it hasn’t lost its spunky, youthful nature—the MINI is guaranteed to appeal to the motoring connoisseur.

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