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MINI (BMW) MINI

MINI (BMW) MINI (Germany, 2007-2013)

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History and Development

The second generation Mini Cooper was introduced in late 2006, although as a 2007 model. The MkII Cooper, also codenamed R56, came out as an aesthetically and mechanically improved alternative to the previous generation model, with a new engineering structure shared with French car group PSA Peugeot-Citroën.   The current assembly line of MINI cars is split in three parts, best known as the Production Triangle: body panels are produced at Swindon’s plant, engines are built at the Hams Hall plant and final assembly work is done at MINI’s Oxford factory.



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Engine and Transmission

MkII MINI Coopers work with a 1.6-liter Prince engine that outputs 120 hp. This Cooper can reach 60 mi/h (97 km/h) in 8.5 seconds and go on up to 125 mi/h (201 km/h). The MkII Cooper’s front-wheel drive powertrain is assisted by either a manual or an automatic 6-speed transmission.



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Chassis

Unitary steel structure.   Platform
  Suspension Front and rear McPherson struts, lower wishbones, springs, dampers and anti-roll bars.   Steering Rack-and-pinion power steering.   Brakes Vented discs on the front wheels and solid discs on the rear, powered with ABS.



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Body and Design

The Cooper is available in the form of 3-door hatchbacks, 2-door convertibles and ‘Clubman’ 5-door estates. Despite the obvious similarity with the former generation model, the Cooper MkII has been given wholly new body panels.



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Trivia

The 2nd series MINI Cooper scored 5 stars in the Euro NCAP tests.



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