This IS the Works!

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), March 26, 2004 | Go to article overview

This IS the Works!


Byline: By Steve Hughes

I had one of the original Mini Coopers and thought it was pretty quick, although in comparison to the current car that's a joke.

However, the original boasted absolutely brilliant handling, which is why they did so well on the world rally scene.

The latest incarnation of Britain's favourite small car remains faithful to the breed's superb dynamics.

Getting from one place to another quickly and pleasurably is about a lot more than simply having a massive engine throbbing beneath the bonnet.

In the case of the MINI it is about poise and balance, with the car offering an almost unrivalled driving experience.

Indeed, the handling is so impeccable that this is a car crying out for more power, which it can accommodate with ease.

Enter the Cooper S Works. True, it costs a hefty whack at pounds 18,000, but as a purely self-indulgent plaything it is hard to beat.

For a start it looks absolutely brilliant, with some stunning styling cues, including the gorgeous mesh under-grille, fabulous alloys, bonnet power bulges, and the lowered stance that gives it an even more purposeful appearance.

It doesn't just look the part either, with that tweaked engine pushing out a whopping 200bhp of power, and a lusty 177lb/ft of torque, or pulling power.

This enables it to zoom to 60mph in just over six and a half seconds, with a top speed in excess of 140mph. …

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