In previous generations, if you were looking for the best BMW MINI to drive, you’d work your way up the price list; select ‘Cooper…
Forty-three years ago, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon. As he put his first foot on the ground, he made the historic declaration, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.
I was reminded of this small piece of history, by the memorial service held to mark the passing of Armstrong in Washington DC, yesterday. But I was also prompted by MINI’s launch of its new Paceman.
When the second-generation MINI John Cooper Works GP was announced in May, most observers guessed its 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine would produce around 230bhp. After all, the standard JCW MINI already offered 208bhp and its predecessor, the 2006 MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Tuning Kit was good for 214bhp.
If you hold even a passing interest in cars and the industry that makes them, you surely won’t have failed to notice that 2010 was an absolute cracker.
A special hand built Mini celebrating John Cooper’s first Formula One title victory 50 years ago.
Mini will be revealing one of the most adventurous versions of their model range at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.