BMW introduced an all-new, second generation of the Hardtop/Hatch Mini model in November 2006, on a re-engineered platform incorporating many stylistic and engineering changes. It uses the Prince engine, the architecture of which is shared with PSA Peugeot Citroën and is designed to be more cost-effective and fuel-efficient, and is manufactured at the BMW Hams Hall engine plant in Warwickshire, Great Britain. The engineering was done in the United Kingdom by BMW Group UK Engineering, in Munich, Germany at BMW Group headquarters, and by other third parties, BMW Group hired Italdesign Giugiaro (IDG) in Turin, to coordinate the engineering, including the development and validation of the body, structure and chassis of the new Mini. Key Production Associates from affected areas in the assembly process at Plant Oxford were seconded to IDG for the duration of the build to ensure a smooth integration of the new model back in Oxford.
The second generation Convertible was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show and the Geneva Motor Show as a 2009 model-year vehicle (first available for sale on 28 March 2009). The model has a device, marketed as the "Openometer", which records the number of minutes the vehicle has operated with its roof retracted.
Though the Mk II has a familiar look, every panel on the new car was changed from the previous model. New safety requirements resulted in the overall length increasing by 60 millimetres (2.4 in), the front end raised and the indicators being repositioned inside the headlight housings. The headlights themselves are now fixed to the front quarter panels rather than being integrated with the bonnet, so that they are not raised up with it when the bonnet opens. The car has a restyled grille and larger rear light clusters. The Cooper S retains the bonnet scoop in order to keep an association with the outgoing model – although the relocation of the intercooler to the front of the engine means that the scoop is now purely decorative. In addition, the Cooper S no longer has the battery located under the boot floor, instead being found in the more conventional location under the bonnet. The C-pillars are no longer encased in glass and have been shaped to improve aerodynamics and to reduce the tendency for dirt to accumulate on the back of the car. Much criticised for the lack of rear legroom, Mini added more space for rear passengers by creating sculpted cut-outs in the rear of the front seats. An engine start button replaces the conventional ignition key and, with the optional 'Comfort Access', the car may be unlocked with a button on the door handle when the key is brought close to the car.
The Cooper and Cooper S models offer a new rear axle and aluminium components to reduce the car's weight; and a Sports kit option comprising harder springs, damper and anti-roll bars is offered with both variants. Another key difference is the introduction of an upgraded electric power steering system, the sharpness of which can be increased by pressing a "Sport" button in front of the gear lever (both auto and manual); additionally, the "Sport" button adjusts the response of the accelerator, and in conjunction with automatic transmission, also allows the engine to rev almost to the redline before changing gear.
The more powerful 175 PS (129 kW) Cooper S replaces the supercharger with a new twin scroll turbocharger N14 DOHC motor in the interests of efficiency, and has gasoline direct injection; consequently, this engine version does not have Valvetronic. This engine also has an "overboost" function which temporarily raises the torque by 20 N⋅m (15 lbf⋅ft) under hard acceleration. As a result, 0–100 km/h is covered in a claimed 7.1 seconds (0–60 mph: 6.7 seconds), and top speed is 230 km/h (140 mph). It achieves similar improvements in fuel economy to the Cooper, returning 40.9 mpg‑imp (6.91 L/100 km; 34.1 mpg‑US) combined. Both engines may be mated to either a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox. The turbocharged engine is the same (although with some French engineering modifications) as the one in the Peugeot 207 GTi/RC.
All models of the Mk II with optional dynamic stability control (DSC) also include "Hill Assist", which prevents the car from rolling backwards on an incline by holding the brakes for 2 seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal, allowing the driver time to engage the accelerator pedal without the vehicle drifting. Also included with DSC is hydraulic EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) as opposed to the mechanical system on Minis without DSC. DSC is standard on all Minis since September 2008.
The interior of the Mk II echoes the style of the earlier model, but is in fact a complete redesign. The boot of the new car has an additional 10 litres (2.2 imp gal; 2.6 US gal) of load space. Other changes in design – both visible and otherwise – have contributed to the Mini's recently awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP tests. One example is the higher front bonnet, which now complies with the European pedestrian collision regulations.
Breakdown statistics reported by the German Automobile Club (ADAC) in May 2010 placed the Mini at the top of the small car class in respect of the low break-down rates achieved for cars aged between 0 and 4 years.
This beautiful Rooster Red Mini Convertible Cooper S we are offering for sale is a very low mileage (52,000 miles), 3 owner car. It has a full service history and the last, full service was done only 3,000 miles ago. The specification is great with the following:
01CC - Auto start/stop function
01CD - Brake Energy Regeneration
0210 - Dynamic stability control
0249 - Multifunction f steering wheel
0255 - Sports leather steering wheel
02PA - Locking wheel bolt
02RU - MINI LA wheel Black Star Bullet
0302 - Alarm system
0314 - Door mirror, driver lock, heated
0329 - Engine compartment lid stripes, black
0345 - Chrome Line Interieur
0359 - Visibility package
0387 - Wind deflector
03AB - Mirror cap in vehicle colour
03AR - Preparation, rear luggage rack
0423 - Floor mats velours
0431 - Interior mirror with automatic-dip
0450 - Height adjustment, passenger seat
0473 - Armrest front
0481 - Sports seat
0493 - Storage compartment package
0494 - Seat heating driver/passenger
04AU - Extended decorative scopes
04BA - Colour Line Rooster Red
04UF - Sport button
0507 - Park Distance Control (PDC), rear
0520 - Fog lights
0521 - Rain sensor
0522 - Xenon Light
0534 - Automatic air conditioning
0550 - On-board computer
0563 - Light package
05AA - Rear fog light
05DA - Passenger airbag deactivation
05DD - Lifting jack
0694 - Provisions for BMW 6 CD changer
06FC - Radio MINI Boost CD
06NE - Mobile-phone prep.,Bluetooth + USB/audio
0736 - 2nd radio remote control key
0785 - White direction indicator lights
0872 - Equipment "Chili"
0519 - Additional headlight
We have had the LA wheels refurbished and this lovely car is ready to go.