The upcoming 2011 MINI Cooper S facelifted model has been spotted by AutoExpress sporting minimal camouflage. While the refresh is more subtle that in previous iterations, the R56 MINI brings out some welcomed improvements. Some elements from the Countryman, like the lower grille, made their way into this facelift.
At the front, the lower grille has shed its chrome surrounding, in favor of two chrome rimmed air-intakes. The facelift also sports enhanced air intakes that will provide additional ventilation to the brakes. The faux air intake remains, but a more aggressive bonnet will be introduced in this facelift.
The rear-end goes through some changes as well. The two fog lamps are more prominent than in the previous design. New LEDs are added to the 2011 MINI Cooper S. The taillights will incorporate them into their classic design, along with the indicator turn. A new aggressive bumper completes the rear-end changes.
Inside many of metal-effect finishes in the current car will make way for more upmarket materials borrowed from the Countryman.
MINI will increase the power on some of their models, starting with the MINI One, 96 horsepower, MINI Cooper, 120 horsepower, and MINI Cooper S, 184 horsepower from a new turbocharged twin-scroll engine.
Also, the MINI Cooper D R56 uses the same engine found in the new Cooper D Countryman, 112 horsepower and 270 Nm of maximum torque.
The 2011 MINI Cooper S will be launched in August.[Source: AutoExpress ]