2014 MINI Cooper S spy shots
Right off the bat we’ll see a new version of the regular MINI Cooper, prototypes of which we’ve been seeing for the good part of a year.
It’s due to be revealed next year as a 2014 model.
The second model, a prototype of which we’ve spotted testing at the Nürburgring and now in Munich, will be the sportier MINI Cooper S, which is likely to land in showrooms around the same time.
A clear giveaway that this is the sportier Cooper S and not just the regular Cooper are the centrally-mounted exhaust tips. The prototype is also wearing bigger wheels than previously seen, suggesting it’s running bigger brakes and high-performance tires.
The images also reveal a more aggressive look for the car, with a more sharply steeped A-pillar than the current Cooper S and a slightly wider front.
A six-speed manual should remain standard, while the current model’s six-speed auto may be replaced by a more efficient eight-speed automatic. Engine stop-start technology is also likely to feature. The shot of the cabin reveals a much more upmarket look and what appears to be an iDrive-style controller in between the front seats. There is also a large display for the infotainment settings and what appears to be a switch at the bottom of the gear stick lever that allows the driver to toggle between 'Green' and 'Sport' modes.
Stay tuned for updates as development of the 2014 MINI Cooper S continues, but in the meantime hit this link to view our exclusive spy video of a prototype at the Nürburgring.