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Mini Cooper Coupe

A new twist on a familiar formula.

The Cooper Coupe is the first Mini with a traditional trunk. The Mini Coupe rides on the same wheelbase as the hatchback and measures 1.1 inches lower and 0.2 inch longer. To achieve the rakish profile, the windshield is swept back to flow into the curved roof, which connects to the rear deck lid via two blacked-out pillars. It’s a sportier take on a car that already looks lithe and nimble, although the rear of the roof is clunky, and the big haunches appear out of place. The base Coupe comes with the same 121-hp, 1.6-liter in-line four-cylinder found in the base hatchback and the Countryman. A step up the ladder is the S Coupe, powered by a familiar turbo 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The ultimate Coupe is the 208-hp John Cooper Works model. All three engines are paired with a six-speed transmission in your choice of manual or automatic. We’d normally recommend the manual, but this car’s automatic is stellar, with quick, well-timed shifts. The Coupe is one of the better-handling front-wheel-drive cars on the market and tackles twisting roads with aplomb, although it’s not surprising that, due to a combination of high horsepower and front-wheel drive, the S and the John Cooper Works versions are susceptible to torque steer.

COMPETITORS

Audi TT

Hyundai Veloster

Scion tC

Volvo C30

new for 2013

Brand new last year, the coupe now has Bluetooth standard instead of satellite radio, which is now a $250 option with a one-year subscription included.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

ABS; corner brake control; tire-pressure monitoring; front and side air bags; and traction and stability control are standard. Adaptive xenon headlights, daytime running lights, retractable headlight washers,run-flat tires, and park distance control are optional.

High Mileage

MPG

CITY 25–29

HWY 33–37

PRO

Go-kart-like handling

Distinctive styling

Powerful JCW version

CON

Susceptible to torque steer

Questionable ergonomics

Limited cargo space

Base Price Range: $22,150–$32,050

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Front-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: Coupe, S Coupe, John Cooper Works Coupe

BODY STYLE: Coupe, 2-passenger

ENGINES: 1.6L I-4, 121 hp, 114 lb-ft

1.6L turbo I-4, 181/208 hp, 177/192/207 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 70.0 cu ft (est.)

CARGO SPACE: 9.8 cu ft

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