Saturday, 19 November 2011

MINI Coupé John Cooper Works

BMW's reinvented MINI has been a raging success since it was introduced in 2001. The standard hatchback has been joined over the years by the Clubman estate, a convertible, and, more recently, the Countryman, a larger four-door crossover with optional all-wheel drive. Now, a fifth car, the Coupé, joins the line-up, and it seems likely to be as popular as the others.

Most modern MINIs seek their inspiration from the 1959 original or its variants. Just consider the big central speedometer, a trademark of Minis old and new, or the side-hinged double rear doors on the Clubman, which echo those of the original Mini Traveller estate. But as the range has expanded, BMW has begun to try its own variations. There was no precedent for the Countryman in the pre-2001 Mini line-up, although it now accounts for about a quarter of all Mini sales. Read More...