Comparative visual: the three generations of the MINI Cabrio, what evolution or immobility?

MINI Cabrio is just present just a few days ago, and it’s time to make a comparison visual between its three generations. The MINI was born of the hand of BMW with a flirty convertible version that we fell in love with more than 10 years ago. The bodywork cabrio has since then accompanied the MINI, even going to launch a beautiful version Roadster that will not be re-thrown when the generation R57 disappears from the map. Let’s look at in this comparative visual differences between the three generations of MINI Cabrio.

The length of the MINI Cabrio has gone from 3.65 meters in the current generation of 3.83 metres in the current F57.

To begin with, a portion of data: the MINI Cabrio current is 98 mm longer, 44 mm wider and 1 mm higher than its predecessor. The pathways have grown 42 millimeters in front and 34 millimeters behind, and the distance between axes 28 millimeters. Its predecessor was a small car, with a length of only 3,72 meters. The current MINI Cabrio is a bigger car with a longer wheelbase. Its external dimensions are still contained – is a B-segment small – but its habitability should be greatly improved.

Your platform is completely new, a modular architecture dubbed UKL (Untere Klasse) front-wheel-drive which is also shared with models BMW as the new X1, the 2 Series Tourer, or the newly introduced MINI Clubman. A architecture really versatile that it is accompanied by slight changes in the exterior design, without losing the DNA MINI. Perhaps the most significant difference at the level of design is the gradual growth of the pilot rear, as well as the exageramiento of its distinctive features.

The current generation is the heaviest, with a difference: an average of 120 pounds to equal engines.

Yes, I have lost the hinges chrome for the tailgate, only present in the first generation. Not passed from the first generation of the hoops anti-tip chrome, always raised, subsequently hidden. All generations bear canvas roof, which is folded behind the rear seats, there is no room for maneuvers of the occult. And all generations have sin of having a rear seat frankly narrow, although the present generation aims to change that detail.

is Also worth noticing that seems not to have passed the time for the first two generations: remain surprisingly fresh. In fact, they enjoy an enviable position in the second-hand market, retaining its value in surprising ways over time. In the interiors you will note something more to the passage of time, with its latest generation ostensibly more technology than the two previous generations, be the first one is more faithful to the original philosophy of the brand.

In terms of engines, there has been a remarkable escalation of power in the powerful versions of the range. Although the powers of access – less than 100 CV – have remained at bay, the MINI Cabrio Cooper S 2004 delivering 170 HP of power from a 1.6 engine supercharged by a compressor. The MINI Cabrio John Cooper Works of the second generation already developing 211 HP from a 1.6 engine turbo origin PSA-BMW. If you launch a John Cooper Works F57, you will have 230 HP of power under the hood.

Source: MotoringFile
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