MINI is an automotive brand that is a subsidiary of the BMW Group which was manufactured in Oxford, England. The brand only manufactures one model which has been brought out in different variants. In Portugal and Greece the MINI One is fitted with a 1.4 version of the Tritec engine, but all of the other petrol MINI engines are powered by the 1.6 liter version. MINI introduced a soft –top convertible in 2005 and the option has since been extended to the entire line. The various MINI series exhibit differences in styling and lot of other variations, the most obvious being the Cooper S which has a scoop cut into the bonnet. The Cooper S also has twin exhaust which exits under the middle of the rear valance. The basic Cooper, i.e., the non-S version features more of chrome parts compared to the MINI One but has only a single exhaust. The MINI One D has no visible exhaust pipes. In Australia and the USA, only the MINI Cooper and Cooper S versions are launched because the other MINI engines didn't generate sufficient power in order to run the air-conditioner which is a necessary feature in these markets. The Cooper allows for a range of tuning options including a racing exhaust, air filter, up rated suspension and also 17-inch racing wheels.
The Modern MINI uses none of the engineering that was present in the original MINI; however it does capture the exuberant spirit of its predecessor. Like its predecessor, the MINI uses a transversely-mounted four cylinder engine with front-wheel-drive system. All of the wheels in the car are kind of squashed toward the corners of the frame which makes it a hot hatch design. The MINI Cooper and MINI One was manufactured with a continuously variable transmission and also with a normal Midlands five-speed manual transmission. From 2005 onwards a Getrag five-speed unit replaced the Midlands transmission. The Cooper S featured a six-speed manual transmission from Getrag and also an automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The Mk II MINI is powered by a BMW-PSA 1.4/1.6 Prince 4 cylinder engine. The non-turbo version of the engine makes use of Valvetronic system in order to deliver optimum efficiency. The R56 Cooper S features a direct injection coupled with a twin scroll turbocharger which has an overboost feature to further pump up the torque. The engine belts out 175 hp and a torque of 240n.m.
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