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Quirky styling and nimble handling help the Cooper S to inject a dose of excitement into your daily commute. A 189-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic provides enough scoot to live up to the car’s sporting intentions. A five-door model is now offered so that the Cooper S can (almost) make a case for itself as a family car; a JCW version of the three-door boasts a brawnier 228-hp 2.0-liter four, a tuned suspension, and a host of racy styling tweaks. Here’s some advice: Don’t buy a Mini Cooper unless you own an enclosed, lockable garage. Otherwise, you’ll get to talk to your neighbors until 11 o’clock at night. They’ll come a-knocking, begging rides, trailing kids with disposable diapers and disposable cameras. And during those rides, other travelers will shout questions at you. From their moving cars.
It’s a little hard to fathom this frenzy. The Mini was last sold here in 1967, an object of giddy derision that turned its fair share of Americans off British cars for three decades. Now it’s back—24 inches longer, 11 inches wider, 1100 pounds heavier—and turning heads as reliably as the New Beetle and the PT Cruiser.
Like Tiger Woods’s, the car’s genealogy is beguiling. Fifty-five percent of its parts are from Great Britain, 15 percent from Germany. Its Chrysler/BMW joint-venture Pentagon engine is from Brazil. Final assembly is in Oxford, England, at a plant famous for its Rovers. And the car is sold in America through 56 “BMW Group” dealers.
There are two Mini flavors. The standard Cooper, with a base price of only $16,850, is powered by a 16-valve 1.6-liter four-banger producing 115 horsepower. The Cooper S fetches an extra $3000 but is supercharged and intercooled, producing 163 horses funneled through a Getrag six-speed. It’s simple to tell the two apart. The S is the one with the Royal Mail slot in its snout.