Urban MINI assault course

Story by Benjamin G. Kline, Photos by MINI
13 Jun 2014
 

Recently we had a chance to experience the new MINI and put it through its paces in a short course set up right in the Zouk carpark. The course was set up to show off the MINI’s agility in tight spaces. Something drivers will find useful around our claustrophobic local roads. But the added challenge was the gravel surface that would give any car’s stability system a hard time.

The new MINI is expectedly larger than the one it replaces. Growing in every corner and a stretched wheelbase means taller friends will now fit a little more comfortably in your new MINI. But more importantly the new car is also lighter though only by five kilos but still an admirable fact considering the improved dimensions.

But has the changes affected the MINI’s unique ‘Go-kart’ handling? We took the 2.0-litre 192bhp Cooper S through a continuously tightening radius course that showed just how tightly the MINI could handle. Much to our surprise, the Cooper S put in good speed through this constantly tightening radius while doing it all on GRAVEL! 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1499cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 3
Compression Ratio 11:1
Bore x Stroke (82 x 94.6)mm
Power 136bhp @ 4500rpm
Torque 220Nm @ 1250rpm
Power to Weight 114.3 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 7.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 210 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 20.4 km/L
Drag Coefficient 2.800

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3821 x 1727 x 1414) mm
Wheelbase 2495 mm
Turning Circle 5.4 metres
Kerb Weight 1190 kg
Boot Capacity 211 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 731 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 40 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs

Engine

Engine Capacity 1998cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 11:1
Bore x Stroke (82 x 94.6)mm
Power 192bhp @ 4700rpm
Torque 280Nm @ 1250rpm
Power to Weight 155.5 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 233 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 5.5 km/L
Drag Coefficient 3.100

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3850 x 1727 x 1414) mm
Wheelbase 2495 mm
Turning Circle 5.4 metres
Kerb Weight 1235 kg
Boot Capacity 211 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 44 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs