Not a single human soul that we have known would never have been dreaming of having and owing such a prestige English car like the MINI Cooper. The MINI is a compact car, an economy car, that is, built by British Motor Corporation (BMC) way back in 1959 with the classic two-door Morris Mini-Minor and the Austin Seven as its popular models. In 2000, was acquired by BMW and became its owner of the small cars.
So why does everybody loves a MINI Cooper? Here are 8 list of why MINI Cooper is popular in the streets.
1. Compact. You would have no problems parking a MINI. In a country where sedans dominate the streets, it’s a cute attraction to see a MINI joining the fray. By the time everyone needs a parking slot, a MINI would have a sleek moment of easily sliding its body into the parking space dedicated for a much bigger cars.
2. Kids love a MINI. Who has a kid here that wouldn’t recognize a MINI when a toddler sees one? If you’re a guy and you’re hanging out with a lady who loves children, then you know why having a MINI can be a plus point for you.
3. Girls love MINI. Oh sure. It’s not just the kids, baby. Ladies would have wanted to see themselves driving the MINI because the car is very sexy for them. They like driving the MINI not to catch attention but for the compactness of it.
4. Guys love MINI. Of course. Guys would not be left out. it’s a dream for all guys to own and drive a MINI Cooper in his entire life. Ask any guy around and he’ll answer without hesitation and he’ll agree.
5. It reminded us of Mr. Bean. We all know Mr. Bean. That English character who makes us laugh every time the sitcom is aired on television. There are a number of times how Mr. Bean was shown driving his 1976 British Leyland Mini 1000.
Trivia: Did you know that the first color of Mr. Bean’s car was an orange 1969 BMC Mini MK II (registration RNT 996H), but this was destroyed in an off-screen crash at the end of the first episode. From then on, the car was a 1976 model (registration SLW 287R), Austin Citron Green in color with a matte black bonnet.
6. It reminded us of Austin Powers. Shagged. Mojo. Well almost. In the film’s 3rd Austin Powers installment, Nigel Powers has a 2001 Mini Cooper – able to travel underwater, and which bears the number plate “GR8SHAG“. Nigel, played by Michael Caine, is the father to Austin, Dr. Evil, and Mini Me.
7. It reminded us that stealing 35 million dollars worth of gold bullion was cool in Italian Job (2003). A group of thieves planned a heist to steal the gold from a gang and casting MINI Coopers as their getaway vehicles.
Trivia: The 2003 film was a homage to the original 1969 film with the same title, which starred Michael Caine and driving a MINI Cooper S.
8. The MINI is not a mini. If you haven’t got the chance to drive or even just ride a MINI, you would assume that this car is a mini. Lo and behold. When we took position as the back-rider of this baby one evening, this new generation MINI is a lot bigger than what we expected.
The body of the new MINI Cooper is 3,821mm long (+98mm vs predecessor), 1,727mm wide (+44mm vs predecessor) and 1,414 mm high (+7mm vs predecessor). The wheelbase is 2,495 mm (+28mm vs predecessor), while the track width has been enlarged to 1,501mm (+34mm vs predecessor). The length of the MINI Cooper S, meanwhile, is at 3,850mm (+121mm vs predecessor) and has a track width of 1,485mm (front +32mm and rear +24mm vs predecessor).
Cornering agility and ride comfort benefit from these new dimensions as do the amount of space available to occupants and the luggage compartment volume. The extended adjustment range of the front seats, a seat surface lengthened by 23mm and a perceptible increase in shoulder room provide more foot space and freedom of movement as well as optimised entry comfort for rear passengers. Luggage compartment volume has been increased by 51 litres to 211 litres.
Clearly, the new MINI is not a mini.
By the way, check out the next story – the unveiling of the new MINI! See: The new MINI Cooper, the new original, and new generation unveiled in the Philippines.
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