2007 MINI

2007 Cooper

The second-generation Mini debuts this year featuring new engines for both the base and high-performance S versions, as well as subtle but significant changes to exterior and interior cosmetics (including an even larger speedometer than previously). The standard engine for 2007 is a 1.6 liter four-cylinder delivering 120 horsepower, enough to get the new Mini to 60 mph in just over 9 seconds. The S version gets a turbocharged version of the 1.6 liter engine developing 175 horsepower -- sufficient for 0-60 sprints of about 7 seconds flat. This comes with highway fuel economy potential of 40.9 MPG, according to BMW (which builds the Mini). In addition, a 95 horsepower 1.4 liter engine will become available later in the model year, with the possible/reported availability of a turbo-diesel option on top of that. The latter should be able to push the already frugal Mini's mileage potential close to 50 MPG on the highway. Base and turbo S engines are offered with either standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmissions. All models get a new electric-assist power steering system and six airbags. 12 color schemes are available -- eight of them featuring metallic hues