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New Mini Cooper in its 2nd generation

2007 Mini Cooper: driving shot.

BMW’s Valvetronic: more power... less consumption and emissions.

9 November 2006.

In its home market, the new Mini Cooper price starts from £12,995 (on-the-road price), featuring a brand-new 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, designed by BMW and assembled at BMW Group’s Hams Hall engine plant near Coleshill in the Midlands.

Power has been increased by five hp to 120 hp, whilst torque is up by 10 Nm to 160Nm (118 lb/ft). With the introduction of state-of-the-art engine technology based on the BMW Group’s Valvetronic system, both fuel consumption and emissions are reduced.

2007 Mini Cooper: side view of dashboard and front seats.

A set of 16 chrome-plated trim rings for the air vents, cupholders and instruments gives the interior a more sophisticated look.

This Valvetronic valve management system adjusts intake valve lift and opening times within fractions of a second to meet the immediate power and performance requirements of the driver. The big advantage is that it replaces the conventional throttle butterfly on “normal” engines to translate any movement of the throttle pedal directly into engine speed. Intake valve lift is varied infinitely between 0.2 and 9.5 millimetres, the switch between these maximum and minimum distances taking just 300 milliseconds. In addition to variable control of valve lift on the intake, valve timing is also controlled on the outlet stroke. This enhances the torque curve to deliver high torque at low engine speeds and high power at high speeds.

2007 Mini Cooper: speedo-metre and centre console.

Slimmer centre console: more space in the footwells.

Top speed is 126 mph (202 km/h), 0 – 62 mph (0-100 km/h) is achieved in 9.1 seconds and 50 – 75 mph (80-120 km/h)  is dispatched in a 9.4 seconds in fourth gear, with a combined (EU test cycle) consumption of 48.7 mpg (Imperial mpg, or 5.8 litres / 100 km and 40.58 US mpg), better than the previous Mini Cooper engine by 19 per cent (was 41 UK mpg, 34.16 US mpg, 6.89 litres / 100 km).

Emissions rating drops from 166 to 139 g/km, allowing the new Cooper to join the VED Band C category for UK road tax.

A new six-speed manual gearbox for Mini Cooper retains the short-shifting pattern of the outgoing car, but adds more refinement and contributes to more miles to the gallon.

A six-speed automatic will be available as an option from next month, with a new motor sport-inspired paddleshift system.

Standard safety specifications (all specifications refer to the UK market) include anti-lock brake system (ABS), central locking (automatic at 10mph), corner braking control (CBC), crash sensor, disc brakes all round (vented at front), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Mini mobility system (to fix the tyre at the point of the puncture, instead of having a spare tyre), passenger airbag deactivation, tyre defect indicator, driver and front passenger smart airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags (in the sides of the front seats), curtain head airbags (protect all four occupants) and three-point safety belts with pretensioners.

2007 Mini Cooper: door trim.

Colour highlights flow from the lower sections of the dashboard to the door linings where they are combined with the materials on the trim.

Outside, the Mini Cooper standard specifications include15” light alloy wheels (5-Star Spooler), a 6-speed manual gearbox, automatic rear wash wiper, chrome-plated door handles, electric door mirrors, heated rear window, front and rear bumpers in body colour, white or black contrast roof and door mirrors, roof spoiler in roof colour, chrome-plated grille, chrome-plated tailgate handle, third brake light, tinted glass and black side air inlets with integrated orange indicator.

Inside standard specifications offer the 50 / 50 split folding rear seats, CD changer preparation, Aux. In connection (3.5mm plug), Cup holders front and rear, digital clock, easy entry function, start/stop button, electric front windows, electric power assisted steering (EPAS), height adjustable driver’s seat, height- and length-adjustable steering column, alarm (Thatcham CAT1), ISOFIX child seat attachment on rear seats, radio boost with single CD, remote central locking and a rev counter with outside temperature display.

More: New Mini, the second generation, 2007 Mini Cooper, 2007 Mini Cooper S, 2007 Mini specifications, 2007 Mini options, New Mini brief history.

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