Five-Point Inspection: 2013 MINI Roadster Cooper S

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 MINI Roadster Cooper S

1. Turbocharged Fun Meets Efficiency

Equipped with the turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder, our Cooper S tester makes an impressive 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, enabling a 0-60 time of 6.7 seconds.

But the MINI’s engine is less about speed and more about fun. Low in the gears and high in the revs and it’ll spin the tires with ease. But even at a relaxing pace, just let your foot turn to lead. You’ll feel the boost build, the car pick up speed and just before it’s about to catapult you forward, let off to hear the exhaust popping away behind you.

Do it with little guilt too, as the manual transmission Cooper S gets a 27 mpg city and 35 mpg highway rating.

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