Growth with a stubby tail: Mini Coupe – small is sometimes even smaller


Mini Coupe – Small is sometimes even smaller

Growth with a stubby tail: Mini Coupe - small is sometimes even smaller-growth

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After the Clubman, the Countryman and the three-door, Mini launched the announced coupe.

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Growth with a stubby tail: Mini Coupe - small is sometimes even smaller-growth

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The two-door model will be sold from October 2011, with prices starting at 21,500 euros.

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The Mini Coupe only offers space for two people.

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The body of the new model is very flat. The downside is revealed as a stubby tail.

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The shape of the car takes getting used to. Up to 280 liters of cargo space is available in the luggage compartment.

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A first test drive with the new Mini Coupe proves that the BMW brand focuses on driving fun. It doesn’t matter whether the car looks funny or not.

KAnother brand defines itself as much through driving pleasure as Mini. Because whether it’s a Mini One with 75 hp or a Cooper S with 211 hp and whether it’s a Clubman or a convertible – the British BMW subsidiary always emphasizes the proverbial go-kart feeling. But now the developers are taking the search for fun to the extreme and adding a coupe to the model range.

Freed from trivialities such as a back seat, more dynamic cut and more tightly coordinated, the ideal Mini will be available from autumn for your mood. However, you have to dig deeper into your pocket for this. Because, as always with coupes, you pay more money for less car. Officially, Mini does not want to name any prices, but it is talking about a surcharge of 1500 to 2000 euros and can therefore work out a basic price of a good 21,000 euros.

But the coupe surcharge is well invested. At least that is what the first test drives in only slightly camouflaged prototypes suggest. Because even if only the absolute professionals will really drive it out, the car just feels a bit sportier for the driver – and not only because the roof is three centimeters lower and you are literally more absorbed by the coupe.

"For this we have re-tuned the chassis and all control systems, ”says Head of Dynamics Heinz Krusche and speaks of the subtleties that make the difference: the rear dampers are a bit stronger, and the stabilizer is one centimeter thicker than on the three-door model. In addition, the Coupe weighs around 25 kilos more, but has a lower center of gravity.

Above all, there is a small spoiler on the boot lid, as on the Audi TT, which automatically folds out at 80 km / h and retracts by itself at 60. "It doesn’t just look good when strolling through town, ”says Krusche. But like everything else at Mini, it also has a function: "At full throttle, the downforce puts 40 kilos more on the rear axle. "

It is true that the two-door car would be able to circle safely through the curves even without a wing. "But this way we get better road holding and the crisp steering feel that you expect from a Mini, ”says Krusche. And sends its guests on a handling course that is narrower than some go-kart tracks. This course would therefore hardly be possible with a car other than the Mini.

Because Mini boss Kay Segler is all about driving fun, Mini naturally only provided the John Cooper Works engine for the first exit, with which the coupe actually speeds almost like a rocket across the slope. But the rest of the engine range is also trimmed for sportiness.

So it starts with the Cooper Coupe, which already achieves 122 hp and already manages 204 km / h. Above that ranks the Cooper S with 184 hp and a maximum of 230 km / h, and at the top is the 1.6-liter turbo from the Cooper Works, which has 211 hp and up to 280 Newton meters of torque. That’s enough for a sprint of 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 240 km / h, which feels even faster in such a small car.

Even with diesel there is only the stronger variant: The only diesel is therefore the Cooper SD with 143 hp. In spite of all the pleasure, reason does not get completely under the wheels: The automatic start-stop system, for example, is standard everywhere and reduces consumption to a reasonable 4.3 liters for diesel and 5.4 to 7.1 liters for gasoline engines.

Engineers like Heinz Krusche can philosophize for hours about driving dynamics. But only very few customers will actually be able to bring out the dynamic capabilities. That is why the differentiation is of course mainly based on the design, says styling boss Anders Warming with a view of the sloping windshield, the short, flat roof with the permeable spoiler lip and the rear stub. It is reminiscent of an inverted baseball cap that gives the Mini a perky, cheeky look.

But the Mini Coupe is not only smart and potent, it is even more practical than the three-door – at least if you can do without the rear seats: the huge flap now allows larger boxes to fit, and the trunk grows by more than 50 Percent to a respectable 280 liters, for which the development team used every square centimeter of storage space: That’s why there is a double floor, a hatch to the front and a small step in the cargo area.

But Warming was also able to prevail in the rear with its attention to detail: the parcel shelf, for example, has two sporty hoods with which the designer wants to emphasize the two-seater character of the coupe.

After Mini has promised a new model for every year, it will not just be the Coupe. Soon there will also be a portion of fresh air in addition to driving pleasure – because then the Coupe will also be available as a Roadster.

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