MINI One and MINI Cooper go on sale in the UK on July 7 and prices have been announced that will set the pulses of MINI fans racing. MINI One will have an on-the-road price of £10,300 (retail list price of £9,900) and MINI Cooper will be available on the road at £11,600 (retail list price of £11,200). Built in Oxford, MINI goes on sale in Britain two months before anywhere else in the world.

Trevor Houghton-Berry, General Manager for MINI in the UK commented: "We're pleased to announce these seriously competitive UK prices for MINI. With its outstanding performance and handling, its practicality, safety features and unbeatable specification, we know UK car buyers are going to love it! We reckon it's the best car on the market at its price."

MINI qualities - driving dynamics, safety and specification :

With its wheel-at-each-corner design, wide track, low centre of gravity, short overhangs and a torsional stiffness two to three times greater than any other car of its size, MINI's driving dynamics are simply stunning. A fast steering rack and BMW's state-of-the-art rear Z-axle suspension help to give razor sharp reactions - a real kart-like experience -in complete safety.

Electronic driving stability systems help to keep MINI under control and pointing in the right direction under extreme driving conditions or in an emergency. These include ABS (anti-lock braking system), EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), and CBC (cornering brake control) as standard. BMW's widely praised Dynamic Stability Control System (DSCIII) is an option. Four airbags come as standard with an additional head airbag system also available.

The MINI range:

MINI One offers bags of performance and driving enjoyment with 90 bhp producing a top speed of 115 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 10.9 seconds. Maximum torque of 140Nm (101 lb ft) at 3,000 rpm ensures MINI One maintains excellent mid-range pull, providing the best drive available for around ten thousand pounds.

MINI Cooper adds the much-loved sporty design details, associated with the famous name, to the added power that ensures every drive in the car will leave a lasting impression. A top speed of 125 mph from 115 bhp gives a 0-62 time of just 9.2 seconds, whilst the handling remains poised and the car feels glued to the road.

MINI One standard equipment:

MINI Cooper standard equipment (over MINI One) :

Optional equipment :

Options on MINI One and MINI Cooper offer further safety benefits, added driving enjoyment and the opportunity to make MINI really stand out from the crowd. Prices and availability will be announced nearer the launch, but will include:

  • Head airbag system for driver and passengers
  • DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and traction control
  • Run Flat tyres on 16" alloys
  • CVT Steptronic automatic transmission
  • Sports suspension on MINI One (standard on Cooper)
  • Sport Plus suspension system on MINI Cooper
  • Auto-dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Fog lamps
  • Xenon headlights
  • Panorama sunroof with anti-trap mechanism
  • Windscreen rain sensor
  • Heated windscreen
  • Heated wing mirrors and water jets
  • Air conditioning
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seats or sports seats for driver and front passenger
  • Leather or multi-function steering wheel
  • Choice of stereo systems
  • On-board computer
  • Remote control alarm
  • Body-coloured roof with black mirror housings (MINI Cooper )
    Published : 12/04/01 Author : Melanie Carter

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