Right off the bat we’ll see a new version of the regular MINI Cooper, prototypes of which we’ve been seeing for almost two years. The second model, a prototype of which is featured here, will be the sportier Cooper S, which is likely to land in showrooms around the same time as the regular Cooper.
A clear giveaway that this is the 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.
MINI’s 1.5-liter three-cylinder engineEnlarge Photo
At launch, a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine will deliver approximately 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque (169 pound-feet with overboost function), while a 2.0-liter four-cylinder will offer 189 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque (221 pound-feet with overboost). The latter is likely the unit powering this Cooper S.
The shot of the cabin reveals a much more upmarket look. It is dominated by large display for the infotainment settings. As we learned recently, the new MINI Cooper, including this Cooper S, will be available with some advanced driver assist features such as a head-up display, self-driving parking assist and an automatic brake function.
2014 MINI Cooper S spy shotsEnlarge Photo
Note, also spotted in the wild is a new five-door MINI Cooper variant, which may end up replacing the Clubman. Click here for the spy shots.