Vehicle Details Melding plenty of familiar Mini bits with a selection of dedicated trim elements, the cabin of the 2012 Cooper Coupe also embodies its own higher-profile identity. Like most Minis, the Cooper Coupe is a slight variation on the theme set by the standard Mini Cooper hatchback. If you're struggling for a descriptor, call it a trailblazer, because the all-new 2012 Mini Coupe touts some significant brand firsts: It's the first Mini with room for only two; the first to have active aerodynamics, and the first to be engineered with what designers call a three-box structure. We're equally as enamored with the latest fashion-forward trends as the next red-blooded enthusiast. Expectedly, ingress and egress are made a little more difficult by these incrementally more-cramped confines, as well as the curved shape of the roof over the doors. The features of the car is impressive, especially the interior.
Moving through freeway traffic was effortless and downright giggle inducing. The look is stylish, with toggle-type switches, contrasting colors, backlit armrests in the doors and handsomely-sewn seats. On the other hand, the exterior styling is still not final. When the speed drops below 37 mph again, a four-part control mechanism returns the spoiler to its rest position. Even at this, the Coupé was very poised.
It will change the way you read traffic, especially while merging or changing lanes. Though Gabe got a sneak preview of the car earlier this year, and a handful of pre-production cars have been circulating around the country, this was our first real look at the production versions. With stability control on, this coupe reminds you of other Minis—talkative steering, taut body motions, progressive brake and clutch feel. From another guy in an older Z4, it was an open mouthed stare of pure envy. The coupe differs from the regular Mini from the tops of the doors up. Additionally, the Cooper hardtop gets new standard 15-inch wheels, and the hardtop and convertible can have an optional rearview mirror with a digital compass.
There is a significant difference in performance between the manual and automatic-equipped Mini coupe: The six-speed stick version can do the 0-60 run in a sprightly 8. Give it broken pavement, pot holes and expansion joints and you'll be given back a ride that's difficult to endure, able to be taken only in small doses. There were a few occasions when we lost signal — once near a group of ambulances, and other emergency vehicles in the city while we had full service and again in a remote rural area with limited cellphone connectivity — and in those cases, the music simply stops playing and you can switch to the radio or satellite to keep pumping the jams. It may have an English bulldog stance, but the handling eagerness is all Jack Russell terrier. First, it stands alone as a footwork master among a group of surefooted siblings. It retained the eagerness to turn in and its real handling limits are still well above the bounds of state and local speed limits.
Sitting in the Coupe, though, can definitely feel constricted compared to the hatchback, but it can also feel like a tailor-fit suit if you like cars that are worn rather than just sat in. So, the basic idea seems sound to me. Sport Button Standard on all models, this console-mounted performance enhancer can increase steering effort and quicken throttle response at the touch of a finger. The latter alone adds 12 pounds. And since the tach is mounted on the steering column, moving the wheel up and down doesn't really help. Like the interior, the exterior is fertile ground for customization. The cabin is rather loud at highway speeds.
Still, the Coupe holds a fair amount of gear, particularly considering its smaller overall appearance. The next model, the S Coupe, is powered by the same 1. While we don't normally attach the term 'helmet head' with amorous thoughts, it's at least a striking design that won't be mistaken for anything else on the road. Rather, the Coupe's high grip, punchy powered, and overexcited personality fused with usual Mini cheekiness earns it the title. Additionally, I liked that the Mini interface doesn't prevent users from inputting destinations while moving, but I also acknowledge that this power comes with the responsibility of actually paying attention to the road while you drive rather than searching for the nearest Taco Bell. That seems plausible, as the roofline tilts sharply upward after the B-pillar and creates a lip spoiler over the rear window that resembles the brim of a baseball cap. The non-turbocharged Coupe needs 8.
Communication prior to the test drive was easy and our questions were promptly answered which made for a better experience when we arrived. The two-seat cockpit, the rear wing that automatically pops up at 51 mph, the brisk acceleration, the short-throw shifter and the Mini Connected features are all strong indicators of a premium high-performance coupe. In short, our decisions are often dictated more by style and perception than the realities of daily life. The John Cooper Works four is a torquey symphony of farts, fizzes, and pops, a candy-coated gem of an engine. In addition to being the firm's first-ever 2-seat offering, the new Cooper Coupe is also the most distinctively styled.
That's not to say being a hatchback is a bad thing in this case; it makes the Coupe's scant 9. And, the Mini has always had a sporty character — even if it started out as an economy-minded car. Take advantage of the Overboost function and that torque can be increased to 207 lb-ft for a short time. The windshield angle drops by 13 degrees, and a helmet-like steel roof has been welded over the cockpit, complete with a long trunklid and two spoilers. The hardtop Mini coupe is actually a bit heavier than the standard Mini. The Bad The Coupe's low roof and motorized spoiler compromise visibility in most directions. This was especially challenging when trying to see oncoming traffic from the left when stopped at an intersection.