I was walking through the Dallas Cars and Coffee Saturday morning and I saw these two Mini’s parked next to each other. I’m a huge fan of Mini’s – both the original old-school Morris and the BMW re-launch MINI – but I’ve never seen the two variants sitting beside each other.
Compared to most cars available in America, the MINI is small – and it’s even smaller in Texas, where anything less than a dually diesel truck seems undersized. But compared to it’s predecessor, it looks bloated.
You see, the MINI grew up; it went to college. As a result of it’s schooling it’s far more refined and possessed of more knowledge, but it also fell subject to the dreaded Freshman 15.
I pulled up some stats on the two Mini’s – the current car is 20% wider and longer, and a whopping 67% heavier (but still rather spritely at 2,500 pounds). But the biggest change is in power – the current Cooper S’s 181 horsepower represents a 138% increase in power, enough juice to hustle it to 60 mph in a respectable 6.7 seconds.
Let’s hope future models don’t keep to this trend of expansion and growth. I can see it now: the 2017 Cooper S will be packing a 425 hp V8, but it’ll need it; with a curb weight of just under 4,200 pounds it won’t even be able to live up to it’s name.