The engineering and development of the latest Minis is influenced largely by the motor sport. The modifications of this engine, with four cylinders are the same as that of the new 2008 MINI Cooper challenge which is a race car. This is along with re engineered and strengthened gearing, suspension and brakes. This upgrade joins in giving this car a 132hp output per liter along with 40mpg. The engine has been designed and developed especially for the race car, MINI Challenge.
Some new and important features of the new 2008 MINI Cooper
The added doors on the latest MINI happen to be the most significant features. This new car has side opening doors and also a club door on the right side of the car. The space which is at the back of the front seats is pretty large and the doors in the rear make it much easier to put cargo into place. There is a lot more leg room for those sitting in the rear. The leg room is 3.2 inches more than in the previous model. The cargo space in the rear is 32.6 cubic feet with the seats in the rear folded and if they are raised, then it is 9.1 cubic feet to put the cargo in.
The seating features of the new MINI Cooper have front dual heated leather seats, which have 2 settings. There is an option of cloth and leather seats, English or Lounge panther leather seats or cloth seats.
Specifications and functions of the engine
The powerplant at the base is usually aspirated with a four cylinder 1.6 liter engine with a 120 pound horse power and a torque of 118 pound feet. This is coupled with a six speed manual or automatic gear box. This clubman version is capable of accelerating to a speed of 60 mph within 9.6 seconds and hitting 125 mph by means of the manual gear box.
Other features of the new MINI Cooper
The 2008 MINI Cooper is fitted with safety equipment like traction and stability control, anti lock brakes, airbags on the curtain, side and front. There are anti theft locks fitted via an alarm system on the doors.
For entertainment and comfort it has air conditioning and climate control, intermittent variable wipers, comfort key system, power mirrors and window and door locks Hi-Fi sound system and AM/FM/CD player. The MINI also has hands free Blue tooth communication, Navigation Aid and Sirius Satellite Radio.
The MINI has Multi-Function Steering Wheel with Cruise Control, and for transmission it has steering wheel mounted controls. It has remote releases and controls for comfort access card key and door opener for garage.
Exterior lighting has rear fog light, white turn signals and high intensity Xenon discharge lights.
Standard Engine: 1.6L I4
Standard Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
Horsepower @ RPM: 172@5500
Torque @ RPM: 177@1600 (foot-lbs)
Fuel Economy City/High way: 26 / 34
Combined Fuel Economy: 29
Number of Valves: 16
Fuel Type/System: Gas Engine / Multi-Port Fuel Injected
Turbo (yes/no): Yes