With the strapline “The Original Remastered”, the new Mini lands in Australia on the 12th April 2014.
It’s all about three doors, and will be available in three models:
- Mini Cooper – 1.5L, 3 cylinder. Starting from around $30K.
- Mini Cooper D – 1.5L, 3 cylinder Twin Power Turbo – very fast for the fuel efficiencies, plus a few more design options. Top speed of 205kph. Starting from around $36K.
- Mini Cooper S – It’s all about the 4-cylinder Turbo engine. About 4 seconds faster from 0-100kph than the Mini Cooper D. Starting from around $41K.
There are a lot of attractive design refinements, with a key standout being an enhanced centre dash LED setup, and totally integrated social tools. We love a plugged-in car. All of the new models have USB input and BlueTooth.
I’ve got a real soft spot in my heart for Minis, as an ex of mine used to race a vintage one (aptly named Mrs Peel) and it absolutely slammed – it had twin-cam turbo and was just amazing. Keeping in mind he was about 6ft 3″, not everyone appreciates how much Tardis-style room there is in a Mini, nor how much they’ve got under the bonnet. We’ll let you know more about the new Mini as it comes to hand. Needless to say, we’ll be angling to test and review one.
Meanwhile, if you’d like to download the e-brochure or book a test drive, you can do that here.