2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible review
Source : 2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible review
Mini did a superb job with its latest hatchback, however will removing the roof ruin things? We drive the latest Convertible on US roads to find out The two-door Mini Convertible can be the latest style to join the British carmaker’s modern day line-up, following the third-generation three-door hatchback, more practical several-door hatchback as well as the recently introduced six-door Clubman – all three of which helped contribute to a record 338,466 Mini sales worldwide in 2015.Due to reach UK showrooms in April, the brand new open-top style can be larger as well as offers significantly more Indoor space than its well-known predecessor, which had been on sale since 2009. the idea also comes which has a brand new range of three- as well as four-cylinder diesel as well as petrol engines in which offer added performance as well as greater economy as well as, like the latest incarnations of its various siblings, can be more comprehensively equipped than before, too.Mirroring the dimensions of the existing three-door hatchback, with which the idea shares its basic architecture, the brand new Mini Convertible has grown a considerable 98mm in length, 44mm in width as well as 7mm in height to a respective 3821mm, 1727mm as well as 1415mm.Based around parent company BMW’s versatile UKL platform, as used beneath all of Mini’s more recent versions, the brand new Convertible also includes a 28mm longer wheelbase, at 2429mm, along with tracks in which are up by 42mm in length at the front as well as 34mm at the rear – all of which gives the automobile a much larger footprint than ever before.Project leader, Axel Braune, says the brand new platform provides a considerable improvement in rigidity as well as stiffness compared with in which of the previous style. However, the addition of more substantial structural elements as well as additional stiffening measures within the floorpan as well as bulkheads has led to a 115kg increase in weight over the three-door hatch; the Convertible Cooper S driven here weighs in at 1275kg. Despite its larger dimensions, though, the idea can be only 25kg heavier than its direct predecessor, which tipped the scales at 1255kg in Cooper S guise.British buyers get a choice of three engines through the outset: a 134bhp 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol unit within the Convertible Cooper, an 189bhp 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine within the Convertible Cooper S as well as an 114bhp 1.5-litre, three-cylinder diesel within the Convertible Cooper D. additional powerplants, including a 101bhp 1.2-litre petrol three-cylinder in an upcoming Convertible One as well as a 168bhp 2.0-litre diesel in a Convertible Cooper SD, are set to be added to the line-up later.Despite a clear trend towards dual clutch gearboxes in its class, the gearbox choices continue as before, which has a standard six-speed manual as well as an optional six-speed automatic, the latter featuring steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. An electronic differential lock along with Dynamic Stability Control as well as traction control are included on all launch versions as standard.
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