WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MINI COOPER AND MINI COOPER S?
We know you are wondering “what is the difference between the MINI Cooper and the MINI Cooper S” or between the first generation and second generation MINIs. The following info will hopefully help you understand the difference between these two models.
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First Generation (2001-2006)
The first generation BMW MINIs were first built in 2001. The first US models where the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S.
The primary difference is the engine. Each model initially came with just one engine choice, a version of the 1.6 liter Tritec four-cylinder petrol engine.
The most important factor to remember is that every car is an individual; thanks to the extensive range of options and extras that can be chosen when the car is new.
The MINI Cooper also comes as standard with 15″ alloy wheels
The MINI Cooper S comes as standard with 16″ alloy wheels, sports seats and rear spoiler.
In 2004, all models received a facelift. At the same time BMW introduced the MINI convertible. The changes to the car included new front and rear bumpers, updated interior, all new gearboxes, new keys, and different color options inside and outside.
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Second Generation (2006-2014)
A new partnership with Peugeot/Citroen meant that they had access to a greater range of jointly developed engines for the front wheel drive platform rather than relying on bought in engines.
The MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S badges became more of a traditional mark of the specification level of the car rather than the overall model choice.
Now the MINIs are designated Hatch (for the standard 3 door hatchback model), Convertible, Coupe, Roadster, Clubman, Countryman, Paceman and Clubvan.
Each of these cars has a unique body and can be chosen as Cooper or Cooper S. As you can see, the model range is significantly more complicated than it was.
The third generation MINI debuted in early 2014 and featured striking looks that move further away from the original BMW MINI concept.
Hardtop 4-door F55
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What's the difference between the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S?
Article Date: May 23, 2019