MINI Cooper S (R53)
Mini Cooper S MK1 (R53) was launched in 2001 as the performance derivative of the premium B-Segment vehicle that the company developed and offered under BMW ownership.
The car was fitted with a transversely mounted, supercharged four cylinder 1598 cm3 engine producing 170 hp (125 kw) of power and 220 Nm of torque. The wheels were pushed to the corners of the body providing a sporty look and enhancing the cornering ability of the car. The engine was combined with a six speed Getrag manual transmission, or a fully automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Technical innovations included an electrically driven power steering system that avoided taking power from the engine, equal length driveshafts to eliminate torque steer, and a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension. The first generation MINI had a ‘drive by wire’ electronic throttle, electronic brakeforce distribution, and electronic stability control to improve control and handling in adverse conditions. The car accelerated from 0-100km/h in 7,2 seconds and could reach a top speed of 222 km/h (138 mph)
Visually, the MINI Cooper S features a distinctive scoop on the bonnet, lower front and rear bumpers and centrally located twin exhausts at the rear.
Mini launched two more powerful and more focused versions of the car – the Mini Cooper S Works (R53) and the Mini Cooper S Works GP, while a facelifted model followed in 2004. Finally, the all-new second generation model was launched in 2006.
Mini Cooper S MK1 (R53)
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