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MINI Cooper S (2002–2007)

Last updated 22 January 2016

Model History

Supercharged R50 MINI Cooper S with 163bhp, coded R53. Together with a six-speed gearbox, gets it from zero to sixty in around seven seconds and on to a top speed of 135mph. Fuel consumption need not suffer unless you boot it hard as a combined figure of 33.6mpg has been recorded for the 1,140kg car.

Torque is 155lb ft (210Nm) at 4,000rpm, with at least 124lb ft (179Nm) available between 2,500 and 6,500rpm.

Main external differences between the Cooper S and the standard Cooper are a front bonnet air-scoop, and big sixteen-inch or seventeen-inch wheels (the original Mini had to make do with ten-inch wheels).

Run-flat 195/55 R16 tyres or optional 205/45 R17 tyres remove the need for a 'spare' wheel, allowing progress to continue for up to 90 miles at up to 50mph.

Electro-hydraulic rack and pinion power steering offers a direct 2.5 turns lock to lock. Automatic Stability Control and Traction Control (ASC + T) is standard. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) will be an option.

Unlimited mileage two year full manufacturer warranty followed by one year full dealer warranty, making total three year unlimited mileage warranty, plus 24 month paint warranty.

Aartege did a 210bhp conversion with 184lb ft torque for £1,757 (try Birds of Uxbridge on 01895 810850 01895 810850 ).

December 2003

MINI Spice Pack 'seasonal changes'.

MINI Cooper S – CHILI pack
Sports leather steering wheel
17” S-spoke light alloy wheels
Floor mats
Passenger seat height adjustment
Storage compartment pack
Front fog lamps
Xenon headlights
Manual air conditioning
On-board computer
Interior light pack
Cloth/leather interior trim
£1,500.00

July 2004

Minor facelift July 2004 includes enhanced interior including rev counter, coin tray and passenger grab handle, power up to 170bhp, torque up to 220Nm, 0-60 down to 7.0. Price rise to £15,180. New colours Cosmos Black and Black-Eyed Purple.

October 2005

From October 2005 can order 210bhp 'Works' mods to be fitted on the Oxford production line at extra cost of £3,600. 143mph and 0-60 in 6.3 seconds.

Michelin has launched a new size of its run-flat Primacy HP ZP (Zero Pressure) tyre which is suitable for fitment to the MINI. The 195/55 R 16 87H size is available with immediate effect and a V rated version will be available in August 2007. Like the standard Michelin Primacy HP tyre, the Primacy HP ZP offers class-leading longevity along with excellent wet braking and handling performance, combined with the ability to run-flat in the event of a puncture.

Run-flat tyres are normally associated with a trade-off in terms of rolling resistance but in the case of the Primacy HP ZP this has been minimised. The level of rolling resistance offered by this tyre is similar to Michelin’s competitors’ standard non run-flat tyres. To highlight this, the tyre is marked ‘Green X’.

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