Mini. Rebirth Of A Legend

By: Kerry Plowright

When the new MINI hit Australian roads back in 2002, it was an instant hit. And there could be no doubt as to why the new look MINI would fast become so popular. While staying true to its roots, the new MINI not only looks modern, it looks ultra cool. And with German carmaker BMW in the driver's seat of the MINI's revival, you just know that the new MINI is destined for greatness.

The MINI is available in Australia in six different models. These include the:
?MINI Cooper Chilli
?MINI Cooper S Chilli
?MINI Cooper
?MINI Cooper S
?MINI Cooper Cabrio, and
?MINI Cooper S Cabrio

The MINI Cooper S models are powered by a 1.6 litre, 4-cylinder 16 valve supercharged engine delivering 125 kw of power, connected to a 6 speed manual transmission. The MINI's supercharged engine can propel it from a standing start to 100 km/h in just 7.2 seconds. And when revved out on the open road, the Cooper S has a top speed of 222 km/h.

If you're concerned about fuel economy, and who isn't these days, the MINI Cooper S uses 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres of highway driving. If you're zipping about town, you can expect to use 11.8 litres per 100 kilometres. You'll fit around 50 litres in the tank.

The MINI looks great on the road, thanks to its blend of retro and modern looks and its low, wide body. Eye-catching colours, including a contrasting black or white roof, really help set this car apart from the rest.

If you're looking for a good used MINI, try to go for a 2004 or later model. These had slightly improved engines over earlier models. They also introduced slightly lower gear ratios in the 2004 model so they'll be a bit quicker off the mark than earlier models.

When buying a one owner used MINI, you'll have to be a little more patient than what you may need to be if buying any other car. This is because the MINI's were able to be fairly personalised when bought brand new. So, it may take you a while before you find the right car for you. Keep in mind also that many MINIs will have been driven quite hard, so inspect very carefully. It will certainly be worthwhile getting a professional inspection. Pay close attention to the sound of the supercharger. Test driving a few different cars, should give you a good idea of what they should sound like.

If you're after a one owner MINI, remember; take your time when choosing the right car for you as they can be quite individual in their own little ways.

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