The folks over at Car-Shooters are back with a new photoshoot from Italy. This time the subject is the iconic MINI Cooper S. The R56 Cooper S is powered by a liter four-cylinder petrol engine making 184 hp.
BMW introduced an all-new, second generation of the Hardtop/Hatch Mini model in November 2006, on a re-engineered platform incorporating many stylistic and engineering changes
The Cooper and Cooper S models offer a new rear axle and aluminum components to reduce the car’s weight; and a Sports kit option comprising harder springs, damper and anti-roll bars is offered with both variants. Another key difference is the introduction of an upgraded electric power steering system, the sharpness of which can be increased by pressing a “Sport” button in front of the gear lever (both auto and manual); additionally, the “Sport” button adjusts the response of the accelerator, and in conjunction with automatic transmission, also allows the engine to rev almost to the redline before changing gear.
The R56 generation MINI retains the classic MINI proportions, the characteristic three-way separation of body, all-round greenhouse and roof together with a new take on hallmark design features define the exterior of the new model, which has grown by some 4.5 inches in length.
The Cooper S retains the bonnet scoop in order to keep an association with the outgoing model — although the relocation of the intercooler to the front of the engine means that the scoop is now purely decorative. In addition, the Cooper S no longer has the battery located under the boot floor, instead being found in the more conventional location under the bonnet.
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