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Mini PH gives Cooper S some tasteful updates

To make the driving experience even more exciting

The Mini Cooper S is still a fantastic driver's car. PHOTO BY MIGGI SOLIDUM

There is really nothing wrong with the formula of the Mini Cooper S. It has the goods to wow both onlookers and the fellow behind the wheel. But the only thing constant in this world is change, which the iconic British hot hatch cannot escape. And Philippine-spec models now have some rather tasteful updates.

You can have your Cooper S in three flavors. PHOTOS BY MIGGI SOLIDUM

The eagle-eyed Mini faithful will spot the absence of chrome on the new Cooper S. This is said to enhance the exterior’s already sporty demeanor by coating anything that used to be shiny in either matte or gloss black. Also present are functional slits on the front bumper, which divert air around the wheels to reduce drag and increase downforce.

Mini ditches the brightwork in favor of blacked-out trim. PHOTOS BY MIGGI SOLIDUM

The cabin also gets some useful new gadgets. The traditional instrument cluster is now replaced by a digital display. The infotainment screen is now larger at 8.8 inches, and finally gains wireless Apple CarPlay. Further enhancing the ambience is the laser-engraved surround of the infotainment display, mood lighting, and the Harman Kardon sound system.

Electronic safety aids also make their debut on the Cooper S. Aside from parking sensors, a reversing camera, and adaptive cruise control, there is now forward-collision warning and braking, and lane-keep assist just to give owners more peace of mind.

Cooper S drivers now get more screen time. PHOTOS BY MIGGI SOLIDUM

Each Cooper S packs a mighty punch under the hood. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces 189hp and 280Nm, the latter figure available from as early as 1,350rpm. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission ensures that every bit of horsepower is immediately transferred to the ground with each prod of the accelerator.

The updated Cooper S is available in three body styles. Prices are as follows:

  • 3-Door – P3,150,000
  • 5-Door – P3,250,00
  • Convertible – P3,500,000

Miggi Solidum

Professionally speaking, Miggi is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He pens the column ‘G-Force’.