What is it?
Who doesnâ€™t know the Mini Cooper S? It is funky to look at and has road presence and lots of power to play around with. Add the mad JCW tuning kit to it and youâ€™ve a 192PS hot hatch transform into a furious 210PS beast. Not that the Cooper needed the power upgrade but well, who doesn’t like more power, eh!
When youâ€™re driving around a Mini Cooper, you wouldnâ€™t really want to give it for a wash to the regular chaps on the road. In comes 3M with its foam wash and spray facility. I picked up the car from Turbhe, which is a dusty area, and this wash transformed the Mini back to its original sheen. The wash also doesnâ€™t cost more than a regular hatchback too, at Rs 495. Totally worth it!
A wash once a month is ideal for cars like this. Given the lustrous paint quality, a wipe with a cloth is more than enough for the regular days. A black Mini is quite a sleeper and blends well with the millions of Swifts on the road.
Even though she is a hatchback, I did observe that the Mini commands immense respect from the other road users. Slower-moving traffic will give way while the faster ones too cast that â€˜resignedâ€™ look before moving out of the path. I wonder if it has got something to do with that JCW exhaust. Hmm! That being said, she is as nimble as any other hatchback can be and thrice as fast between the gaps.
Mini with a Minion?
Both of them are desirable and cute and thrill you with their performance. It makes things easy that both, especially the Minion, come in yellow. Ohh wait! The Minion is an extension of the Mini too. Doesnâ€™t get better than this, eh!
My regular driver is the Tiago diesel. The Mini is 104mm longer, 80mm wider and 121mm lower than the Tiago. Yet, she never gives you the feeling that youâ€™re driving something unmanageable in traffic. In fact, you can dart through gaps much faster and easier in the Mini, thanks to the available power on tap. Did I say she is way more fun than the Tata as well!
Itâ€™s hard to get the respect of the autorickshaw drivers. Like really hard. They view all motorcyclists and drivers with contempt and treat them with utter disregard. Not for the JCWâ€™ed Cooper S. Whenever I have pulled up at a signal, I have always been envied and, like this gentleman in the picture, given the thumbs up.
124mm ground clearance may not seem much on paper for our roads. However, here is a proof how the Mini handles it with aplomb. With a full complement of passengers, you do have to pussyfoot over speed breakers. This new-gen Mini has also gone a tad softer and hence has better absorption than the older car too.
I’ve always have this feeling when I see the Cooper S that it isnâ€™t a feature-rich vehicle for the price. Everything in it is optional and costs insane amount of money. However, the images you see here are all part of the standard fare, including the sunroof, mood lighting, Harman Kardon speakers and the backlighting for the door handles.