BMW has unleashed a fire-cracker a few days before Diwali arrives in India. For the uninitiated, BMW owns MINI and the latter now has a new edition to the family. Its more powerful, looks hot as hell and they call it the Cooper S Carbon Edition. Yours for Rs 39,90,000 ex-showroom Delhi.
This limited edition model is exclusively available for booking on Amazon. Talk about the world moving online! Imported into India as CBU (completely built unit), this is also the fastest, loudest and the most powerful MINI available in India
Based on the Cooper S model, this one gets a John Cooper Works Tuning Kit, along with official John Cooper Works Accessories. Numbers first – this limited edition puts out 18 more horses and 20 Nm of extra torque which resultsin quicker acceleration runs. Further, the kit also promises a louder exhaust along with those lovely after burn pop-corns.
This edition can be booked in a choice of three color options: Pepper White, Thunder Grey and Midnight Black, the one you see here. On the design front, it features exclusive matte black sport and side stripes accented by a red pinstripe reinforcing its sporty look. With the word “Carbon” emblazoned on the sides, and coupled with the JCW aerodynamic package, the exterior design already sets the pulse racing. The newly designed LED headlights together with the LED rear lights, surrounded by trim rings in black, add to the appeal of this limited model.
The Carbon Edition rides on 17-inch light-alloy wheels, sitting inside 205 profile tyres provide an aggressive stance whilst maintaining the sporty look of the car. The John Cooper Works Tuning Kit and Exhaust was designed for and tested on the racetrack. Number crunchers rejoice, this one puts out 210hp @ 4500 along with 300Nm of torque between 1250 – 4600rpm. There are three driving modes to pick from. In addition to the standard MID mode, the Sport mode is geared towards active driving fun while the Green mode supports fuel-efficient driving. The Electronic Damper Control sets the suspension of the car dependant on the driving mode that has been selected. Green and MID modes, allow for a softer suspension setting for city driving. However, when the roads allow, in Sport mode, the true go-kart handling of the vehicle can be exploited.
On the inside, it gets John Cooper Works sports seats with integrated headrests finished in Black Alcantara with contrasting red stitching. Other John Cooper Works elements include the leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, door sills, gear selector lever etc. MINI Head-up Display, which provides information regarding the media outputs, navigation and telephone options directly in the line of sight for the driver. The optional Wired Package includes Navigation System Professional, a bigger 8.8” screen with Touch Controller and Bluetooth mobile connectivity. The exciting world of MINI Connected is available as standard in the MINI Visual Boost system or the MINI Wired Package.
At an on-road price of about Rs 45 lakh, this is an expensive deal no doubt. For those looking at a bigger machine, you can opt for the Audi Q3 Dynamic Edition that was launched recently or even the Mercedes GLA 220d Activity Edition.