Clever Center Console, New Engines Highlight ’07 Mini
By Alisa Priddle, Feb 16, 2007 12:08 PM

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Five years after BMW AG’s Mini brand created a new premium brand for small cars in North America, it is upping the ante.

The second-generation ’07 Mini Cooper and Cooper S go on sale Feb. 17 in the U.S., following the Nov. 18 launch in Europe.

The Cooper starts at $18,700, a $700 increase from the outgoing model. The Cooper S bases at $21,850, up $400 from the ’06. Prices include destination charges.

And while the all-new Minis are not obviously different to look at, every panel of sheet metal in the evolutionary design is new, as are the engines.

And the unique interior is augmented, leaving no doubt as to the special nature of this pit bull of a subcompact entry.

The second-generation Cooper is powered by a new 1.6L DOHC inline 4-cyl. engine, developed in partnership with PSA Peugeot Citroen, that generates 118 hp and 114 lb.-ft. (155 Nm) of torque at 4,500 rpm.

The performance Cooper S’s direct-injection 1.6L DOHC I-4 has twin-scroll turbochargers cranking out 172 hp and 177 lb.-ft. (240 Nm) of torque essentially in a straight line from 1,600-5,000 rpm. When accelerating, additional torque is briefly increased to 192 lb.-ft. (260 Nm) with an overboost function to provide extra punch from the line.

The new 4-cyls. replace the 1.6L Pentagon I-4, designed by former Chrysler Corp., in the first-generation Mini. (Bet you didn't know that - T-Type)

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