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Old 08-14-2006, 08:07 PM
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http://www.autoblog.com/2006/08/14/b...ils-2007-mini/

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- New ambient illumination included in the optional lights package is unique in the automotive industry. The colour of the interior lights in the roof lining, the door storage compartments and grab handle recesses may be changed at any time in five stages from warm orange to sporting blue, depending on the occupants' personal preference. This is controlled from a new panel of toggle switches in the roof lining. The toggle switches in the dash that operate the electric windows, seat heating and central locking were a real hit with current MINI owners and have been made larger on the new MINI.

- Both the new MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox.

- Included within the option of DSC is Hill Assist. This feature holds a manual MINI on the brake when setting off on a gradient to prevent it from rolling back.

- The new EPAS (Electric Power-Assisted Steering) makes a significant contribution to the pin-point behaviour of the new MINI. Speed-related power assistance guarantees low steering forces when parking and, at the same time, precise responses at high speeds on the motorway. The electric system offers the driver a choice of two different steering control maps. The standard set-up ensures a well-balanced steering response in all speed ranges. The second map is activated when the Sport button is pressed and the power steering becomes even more direct. The electronic map for the accelerator is also modified by the Sport button to give a more instant response.

- The central-arm rear axle is new to MINI and unique in this segment. Its longitudinal track control arms are made of aluminium that reduces weight by 6 kilos over the former model.

- Displacing 1.6-litres, the four-cylinder turbocharged power unit of the MINI Cooper S now develops an impressive 175 hp, up 5hp on the outgoing supercharged engine. Maximum engine power comes at 5,500 rpm, with peak torque of 240 Nm being maintained consistently between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm. When accelerating hard, torque rises to an even higher level of 260 Nm by briefly increasing charge pressure through a system named 'overboost'.
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:14 PM
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Wow, I gotta tell you... Not really doing much for me (yet).

I kinda, maybe, somewhat see potential, though. A little personalization here, a little you-nifying there... Could work!

We'll see how well they sell in comparison to the '02-'03s... Time will tell.
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:39 PM
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I'm still not interested in buying one for a few years... but it will be interesting to see the options available in the configurator. it seems more options for the interior... which is where I think having more options will benefit everyone the most!
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I like the interior except for the AC control and the HU display on the speedo

I'm still not feeling the exterior, its not that different from the current Mini but it still doesn't do much for me.

And both Mini's need to be dropped, too much wheel gap is no good!
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:54 PM
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Meh...it's ok. I still really don't like the front grill or the taillights...make that anything from the bottom of the rear window down. That back grill is weird. Ew.

It makes me a little sad that I am so put off by it...after all, I would love to continue driving MINIs forever and I fear they will just start getting uglier and uglier now.
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Exactly what I was thinking Lauren...I'll most likely be keeping my Mini till it falls apart or blows up. Unless they make the AWD Mini then I'll consider it, uglyness and all!
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I would run out right now and buy one, but there are a few things that bug me that I wont EVER be able to get over.

The front arch has a blatant gap between the hood and the fender, it looks like its not aligned properly. I would assume this is because they stay on the side and dont lift up anymore.

The rear bumper of the S's bottom valance arch doesnt flow right. Its broken up by jutting out to one side like that near the far two corners.

The tail lights look retarded with that thick chrome trim around them.

I HATE HATE HATE the S Spoiler.

The center console looks unfinished. It looks like theres too much open unused space around the center.

I'm weird when it comes to little things like that, but if they arent fixed, i'll never buy one...

The car still looks unfinished to me....
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The steering is what I find interesting / disconcerting.

Too much computer interference and control is a bad thing on the autocross couse and track. I'm sure it's great for Joe Masses, but for those people who are actually competent drivers and want the control in their hands......

I'm not sure that the article makes it clear that you can get that control back and turn the computer off.

I don't need HAL staring back at me from the middle of the dash instead of the speedo!
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Dam Im glad I have an R53!

I like the new one. But only so much. Im guessing the battery is now up front in the S. The R56 front end looks more high profile than the Bulldog nose on the R53. I dont like the way the molding squares off in the corners or the new headlights. Though Im rather fond of the new front grilles ,fog lights, and lack of cowl vents. For now, Ill reserve my opinion on the rest.

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First thing that stuck out to me is the side repeaters. They're hideous. Now I'm debating on getting the new black front grill I wanted for my car. Hmmm...
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First thing that stuck out to me is the side repeaters.
OMG I didn't even notice them. They ARE godawful.
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^ Why do you think they were covered with tape in all those earlier pictures? haha!

Those vents were on the concept I saw a while back.

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The steering is what I find interesting / disconcerting.

Too much computer interference and control is a bad thing on the autocross couse and track. I'm sure it's great for Joe Masses, but for those people who are actually competent drivers and want the control in their hands......

I'm not sure that the article makes it clear that you can get that control back and turn the computer off.

I don't need HAL staring back at me from the middle of the dash instead of the speedo!
Lets thank the "Company of Ideas" for that!
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hahaha atleast it leaves alot of room for modifying?

I have found it hard to aesthetically modify the r50/r53 because not many things need changing. The tail lights look great how they are, the side repeaters are sexy, the oem bumpers look great....

With this car, shaving those ugly side repeaters would be a must. New tail lights would be required, and a bodykit might actually look better than those OEM bumpers do.
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Kinda like the Mk V GTI!
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