Posted on: May 23, 2012
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Spied: New MINI Cooper S Takes to the ‘Ring


Following spy shots of the next-gen regular MINI Cooper are a few new snaps of the sportier Cooper S prototype.
MINI's next-generation model, known internally as the F56, was spotted in prototype form testing on the public roads of Europe just last week wearing a full-body camouflage wrap. Following the MINI Cooper, set to be revealed sometime later this year, will be replacements for each of its variants such as the S and John Cooper Works trims, in addition to new versions of the Countryman, Clubman and the host of other body styles that MINI offer.

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The regular Cooper will hit showrooms early 2013, while the second model - the sportier MINI Cooper S - will arrive in the second half of next year. Caught while lapping the Nurburgring, the Cooper S can be distinguished by its centrally-mounted exhaust tips, while its also wearing bigger wheels than the regular Cooper prototype, suggesting high-performance tires and bigger brakes. Very few details are currently known about the new Cooper, however we know it will share a chassis with the next-generation BMW 1-Series and carry a lineup of four-cylinder turbocharged plants.
These should at least match the current model's 208hp rating but with fewer emissions produced in the process. A three-cylinder option has also been touted by BMW as something new for the iconic British car.

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by Adam Lynton
Spied: New MINI Cooper S Takes to the ‘Ring
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