A SPOTLIGHT ON THE MINI COOPER S.
First things first, let’s get clear on what exactly we’re talking about here. Our internal combustion engine (ICE) models (we also have the MINI Electric and MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid) are available with one of three engines: the Cooper, the Cooper S and the John Cooper Works (known as the JCW). While they all pack quite the punch, we want to take a closer look at the sporty Cooper S – its stats, story and why we love it.
WHAT DOES ‘S’ STAND FOR?
Speed? Style? Both would be apt. But as it was produced specifically for motorsport, the Cooper ‘S’ proudly stands for sport.
Back in 1963, Mini realised how successful its 997 Mini Cooper was on the track and figured they could take it up a notch: the then 1071 cc Cooper S was born. In fact, the plan was to only ever use this engine for racing. But it seems the regular road drivers just couldn’t resist its power.
LET’S LOOK AT THE NUMBERS.
When comparing the Cooper and Cooper S engines below, we’re focusing on the facts and figures for our MINI 3-door Hatch model...
- Bigger than the 1.5l 3-cylinder Cooper turbocharged engine, the Cooper S is a 2.0l 4-cylinder turbocharged engine.
- Get ready for plenty of power – we’re talking 178hp, compared to the 136hp of the Cooper.
- Torque is also boosted from the Cooper’s 220Nm to 280Nm. That means it has even more oomph and better acceleration under heavier loads.
- Got a need for speed? The Cooper S has a max speed of 146mph and can get from 0 to 62mph in just 6.6. seconds.
SPORTY ON THE ROAD.
SPORTY ON THE EYE.
While the engine is the ultimate difference between our Cooper and Cooper S models, we’ve also added a few features to the latter to make it a little more athletic.
As well as a sleek ‘S’ on the badge, there are twin exhaust pipes and an air scoop in the bonnet hinting at that extra power from the engine on all models but Countryman). It’s subtly sporty – unlike the defiant race-car style of the mighty JCW. But did you know these two models actually have the same fundamental engine? The JCW has just been tweaked and tuned to make it the speediest in the range.
So if you’re after power with a slightly understated look, the Cooper S is the engine for you.
HERE’S TO THE MINI COOPER S.
An all-rounder with characteristic MINI go-kart handling and a little extra oomph, the Cooper S is both economical (we can thank the turbocharging technology for that) and pretty darn powerful.
Like the sound of it? Check out the range below, all available with the MINI Cooper S engine.