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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 09:49 PM
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found out today that this car is about 50 lbs HEAVIER than the regular mini due to the fact that this one is built on the cabrio chassis. BLAH.

** save ~10 lbs gain 1 hp ** EQ: Y=(190*X) / (1984-X) where Y is (HP) and X is (lbs)

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i think mini needs to design another car for real here pretty soon or just stop it!

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I have had two R53's and a R56. Great cars and very good on the track with some negative camber up front and a nice big rear sway bar.

Had a lot of hope for the Coupe being able to shed some major weight and be MINI's light weight fighter...but doesn't look so promising now. It is a bold look for sure, too bad it is not coupled with bold "lightness".

Guess that's why I have the 2006 Elise though
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My wife and I used to both have modded R53s... That's how we met actually. Now I have the Exige, and she has a Cayman S... She wants to add one of these MINI coupes to our stable.

I think we will all get used to the look. It's different for sure. But odds are we will get one to re-live our R53s and the fun of front wheel drive...

I may start "adding lightness" to it though.... Heh...

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