New MINI Cooper

MINI Cooper S

Following the launch of the all-new MINI Cooper Electric, the Cooper family today expands with the introduction of two new petrol models: the MINI Cooper C and the performance enhanced MINI Cooper S. Like its all-electric counterpart, the MINI Cooper combines minimalist design, traditional brand values and iconic go-kart handling.

With an increased output of 204 hp, the four-cylinder engine of the MINI Cooper S (combined fuel consumption: 6.7 – 6.1 litres/62 miles, combined CO2 emissions: 150 – 138 g/km according to WLTP) accelerates the vehicle from 0-62 mph in just 6.6 seconds, with a maximum torque of 300 Nm. While the MINI Cooper C (combined fuel consumption: 6.5 – 5.9 litres/62 miles, combined CO2 emissions: 146 – 133 g/km according to WLTP) is equipped with a 156 hp, three-cylinder engine, which delivers a torque of 230 Nm and is capable of completing the 0-62 mph sprint in just 7.7 seconds. Adding to the overall driving experience, both models are equipped with a suspension and damping system designed for precise handing and powerful brakes.

With its purist design and compact silhouette, the fifth generation MINI Cooper embodies the brand’s core principles: go-kart handling and creative use of space. The silhouette features clear surfaces, short overhangs and a short bonnet; combined with a contrasting long wheelbase to achieve typical MINI proportions. Chrome is completely removed from the vehicle, bringing a fresh take to the exterior design.

The front end is characterised by a new octagonal grille with filigree contour. Positioned either side are newly designed circular LED headlights, which are available optionally with three customisable light signatures, each with a specially orchestrated welcome and goodbye animation. The rear of the MINI Cooper features clear surfaces and redesigned matrix lights which can be switched to different modes in the same way as the headlights.

The new MINI Cooper is available in three trims: Classic, Exclusive and Sport, with each trim offering an array of exterior and interior personalisation options. Classic trim presents a reduced overall appearance while highlighting key elements such as the MINI wings logo, which is finished in Vibrant Silver. A range of five exterior paint finishes – including all-new Ocean Wave Green and Sunny Side Yellow – two contrasting roof colours, and three different wheel options, give customers maximum flexibility.

Exclusive trim brings further customisation options, adding British Racing Green exterior paint, Vescin Nightshade Blue interior, a dark interior headliner and the front grille in Vibrant Silver. Exclusive customers also receive 17” U Spoke Silver wheels as standard, with two 18” wheel designs available optionally.

Finally, Sport trim offers Sports Transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel, a distinctive front and rear design featuring a high-gloss black hexagonal patterned grill surround and logo, and rear spoiler with airblades. 18” JCW Lap Spoke 2-Tone Alloy wheels are offered as standard, alongside black brake callipers with JCW badging. A contrasting Chili Red roof and red/black bonnet stripes are also available. Inside the vehicle, Sport trim features a JCW black/red dashboard knit, a partially perforated Vescin steering wheel with red accents and a lidded storage box in red/black knit.

Inspired by the classic Mini, the MINI Cooper’s interior is minimalistic, with the entire cockpit focussed on just three elements: the new Vescin steering wheel, a 24cm circular OLED display and toggle bar. The dashboard is constructed using a textile surface, where a specially developed knitting process has been used to create a versatile, easy-care material in a two-tone design that is made of recycled polyester. Behind the steering wheel, the optional Head-up Display ensures that all relevant content appears in the driver’s field of vision.

To create additional space, all the most important driving functions including parking brake, gear selector, start/stop key, Experience Mode toggle and volume control are directly accessed via the toggle bar. An opening panoramic glass sunroof floods the cabin with natural light, while the removal of the gearstick generates extra space for a new Wireless Charging shelf. By folding down the rear seats in a 60:40 ratio, the luggage compartment can be expanded from 210 litres to provide a maximum volume of up to 725 litres.

The new MINI Cooper will be built at MINI Plant Oxford and is available in three well specified trim levels – Classic, Exclusive and Sport. Priced from £22,300 RRP, first customer deliveries will take place in spring 2024.

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