The stylish little MINI Cooper Coupe is a new addition for 2012; a lightweight, no nonsense sports car in a sea of heavyweights.
Unlike the rest of the MINI range, the Coupe is a strict two-seater. A Cooper Roadster with a manually-folding soft-top is also available if you prefer to have the sun in your face and the wind in your hair when driving.
The tiny duo are aimed at delivering the best performance possible from MINI’s front-drive platform. To do so, they offer three different drivetrain options, though if you’re serious about your driving, only two of these will suffice.
Starting with the base Cooper Coupe, power comes from a naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 121 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. The 0-60 mph acceleration benchmark will take you a lethargic 8.3 seconds and top speed is only 127 mph.
Move up to the Cooper S Coupe and you get a turbocharged version of the base model’s 1.6-liter engine with 181 horsepower and...
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