MINI Cooper S & Convertible : Road Test
It was made at a time when a major petrol crisis spelled doom for all the big petrol cars and the market for German Bubble cars boomed. One man who absolutely abhorred the idea of these Bubble wheels decided to do something about it. And so was born the Mini, a groundbreaking new subcompact Coupe using a transverse-mounted engine and an efficient, boxy front-wheel-drive layout. It achieved truly mini-compact exterior dimensions along with a surprising amount of usable space inside. Because it was affordable, stylish, fun to drive and easy to park anywhere, the British Mini and Mini Cooper quickly achieved icon status around the world and was also sold as a brief counter-culture favorite in the U.S.
After a lengthy break, the Mini Cooper returned to the markets in 2002 under BMW's direction to resurrect the legend. As before, the current Mini Cooper Hatchback coupe and Convertible appeal to a diverse audience. It's a uniquely sporting blend of Classic British mini-car heritage and charm combined with precise German engineering and construction underneath. India for now gets the standard Mini Cooper, Cooper S, the Convertible and the Countryman.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
One look at both the Mini’s is enough to tell you that these little beauties are brimming with personality and a timeless flair. The entire new Mini range has been fully and consistently modernized all round, but nevertheless remains true and faithful to itself. The body designers have re-interpreted the traditional design and unmistakable shape of the car, in the process creating a truly authentic design reflecting both the character of the classic Mini and the up-to-date appeal of its predecessor.
Coming to he Convertible, drop tops aren’t really a favored choice of transport here in India thanks to the amount of pollution, climate and then some. However the Mini convertible is the kind that will put a roof of your head at the touch of a button so u can drive it like a normal hard top at all times and drop the roof when you are in a nice scenic place where there is more O2 rather than CO2. The Convertible looks a little awkward with its roof up however, once it’s down (takes only 15 seconds to get it down) everything looks nice and settled. It’s a car that evokes a smile from almost everyone who looks at it.