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2006 Mini Cooper S Convertible - First Drive

Too Much Fun

Karl Funke
Oct 11, 2006 SHARE
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Mini ran a radio ad a few months ago on the convertible, something about a "top-down patrol" who would go around and harass those convertible drivers motoring with their tops up. It's true, it seems a shame to drive a convertible on a nice day without feeling the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. A convertible Mini in particular. This example was equipped with the JCW tuning package; along with the convertible top, it will run you about $11K more than a base Cooper S. Other than that, heck, what a great little car. The biggest downside to this package, other than added cost, is the miniscule storage space in back when the top is in fact down. But if you're looking to buy a convertible, this is something you should have already considered. --Karl Funke


2006 MINI COOPER S convertible

Layout
Transverse front engine, front-wheel drive

Engine
1.6-liter inline four, dohc, four valves per cylinder, supercharged and intercooled

Transmission Six-speed manual

Performance
Peak Power: 207 bhp @ 6950 rpm
Peak Torque: 181 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
0-60 mph: 6.6 sec. (est.)
Top Speed: 130 mph
Fuel Economy: 25 city/32 hwy

Price as Tested: $35,300

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