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Old 07-30-2006, 08:40 PM   #26
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Old 07-30-2006, 09:23 PM   #27
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I don't think it looks terrible. The speedo is perhaps a little oversized now, having the switch 'shields' on the roof is a little over the top I think.

As for the comment on the pedals...that's the way they've always been in the new MINI. The gas pedal is bottom hinged, hence the size.

I had a 2002 Cooper, and you got used to the speedo location pretty quickly. The tach is right where it needs to be...this is the same reason that Subaru moved the tach to the CENTER of the cluster!

Sometimes, I wish I still had it instead of my WRX. I've had 4 cars, 3 Subarus and 1 MINI...the MINI is the only thing I was willing to go away from Subaru for. Unforetunately, size was an issue, and I had a few reliability problems, and BMW maintenance requirement were irritating. I had to drive 45 minutes each way to get my oil changed.

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Old 07-30-2006, 11:27 PM   #28
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^^ I am aware of the original Mini having a center speedo, but I am sorry, that is one thing that I can not stand... almost to the point that it would be a deal-breaker in terms of if I would buy the car or not. It is just an awful location for anything but secondary gauges... speedo/tach should always be in front.
What are you, like 60?

A tach is all you really need. Besides like someone else alread said the speed is displayed digitaly on the tach.
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Old 07-30-2006, 11:34 PM   #29
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"No, officer, I had NO F'ING CLUE how fast I was going - my speedometer is way over there!"
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Old 07-31-2006, 11:03 AM   #30
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I have a mini S sitting in my garage, and let me tell you the gauges are not a distraction and it would rape an STi in autocross.
As agile and quick as the Mini S is.. it still doesn't come close to an STi at an autocross.

STi = A Stock/STU
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Old 07-31-2006, 11:07 AM   #31
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I disagree. Or maybe I've just never seen any good drivers in an STI.
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Old 07-31-2006, 02:30 PM   #32
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Old 07-31-2006, 03:32 PM   #33
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Mini S are pretty damn nimble...(my friend has one)

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do...ticleId=104624

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Able to attack the slalom with even more vigor, the Mini Cooper S convertible whipped through the cones at nearly 67 mph, a most impressive feat. As both Coopers had identical suspension calibrations, the increased speed is obviously due to the S' greater power that provides more pull from cone to cone. To put this stellar performance into proper perspective, consider this: We're talking a bigger number here than those achieved by the C6 Chevy Corvette and Porsche 911.
They are compared it to...

600-ft slalom, mph

2005 Chevrolet Corvette = 64.9 mph
2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S = 63.9 mph
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Old 07-31-2006, 06:11 PM   #34
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"No, officer, I had NO F'ING CLUE how fast I was going - my speedometer is way over there!"
That's f-ing FUNNY!
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Old 07-31-2006, 09:08 PM   #35
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Mini S are pretty damn nimble...(my friend has one)

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do...ticleId=104624



They are compared it to...

600-ft slalom, mph

2005 Chevrolet Corvette = 64.9 mph
2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S = 63.9 mph
You could say the mini was designed for that sort of test.
But on a track with a variety of curves bends and straights, it would get a lower laptime than those cars as well as the STi.
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Old 07-31-2006, 09:16 PM   #36
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Before the dealer handed over the keys on my test drive, she took me to an empty commuter parking lot...and slalomed through the light poles...then encouraged me to do the same.

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Old 08-01-2006, 08:30 PM   #37
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I disagree. Or maybe I've just never seen any good drivers in an STI.
Just like I have never been outran by an Evo or STi at an autocross while driving my wrx with very few bolt ons. It is due to the fact that I have been a better driver. That said, as mentioned earlier, a well prepped STi versus a well prepped MINI with equal drivers = STi FTW. Just look at SCCA national tour autox event times for proof.
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Old 08-02-2006, 12:18 PM   #38
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Also, one thing that the MINI is known for is being insanely easy to drive fast. It's predictable at the limit, has very good controls and the driving position allows for very easy placement around cones. The STI is also easy to drive fast, but not as easy at the limit as a MINI... the weight, power delivery and DCCD make the car more difficult to drive well at 10/10ths.
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Old 08-02-2006, 12:26 PM   #39
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My take on the center speedo:

I don't look at it that much. It had the tach right in front of me, and a digital speed readout. I really liked the 1st generation of new Minis, but I'm not huge on the little changes they made to this one.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:06 PM   #40
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Actual pictures?
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:15 PM   #41
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Looks like there is a stylish ... groceries scale in the middle of the dash board.
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Old 08-14-2006, 11:57 AM   #42
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Actual Pictures - via leftlanenews
http://www.leftlanenews.com/2006/08/...k-ii-unveiled/
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Old 08-14-2006, 12:07 PM   #43
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yikes on the interior indeed!

how dare they try something different than mainstream cars!
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Old 08-14-2006, 12:12 PM   #44
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Sometimes mainstream is better.. for instance, standards like stereo din.

That said,... I want one of these.
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Old 08-14-2006, 12:32 PM   #45
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I do believe we will see some truely fast ones with this new Setup.
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Old 08-14-2006, 12:58 PM   #46
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passengers care about how fast the car they are riding...
while the drivers only care about how they rev the engine...
i guess it make sense...
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Old 08-14-2006, 01:32 PM   #47
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Sometimes mainstream is better.. for instance, standards like stereo din.
Yeah, Subaru, damn you, listen up! No HVAC/Radio combo crap like in my OXT...

It's amazing how cluttered the MINI looks like, given how minimalist it's supposed to be.
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Also, one thing that the MINI is known for is being insanely easy to drive fast. It's predictable at the limit, has very good controls and the driving position allows for very easy placement around cones.
Isn't that the whole point of FWD?

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Old 08-14-2006, 04:21 PM   #48
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The instruments and the ride quality of the run-flats were the only things I really disliked about my wife's Mini. Had the option of getting the speedo moved next to the tach been available to us without spending way to much and getting Nav, we would have gotten it in a heartbeat.
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Old 08-14-2006, 05:36 PM   #49
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The interior of the Mini is distinctive... but everything feels so flimsy and cheap. It is a fun drive though. the early models were a bit unreliable.
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Old 08-14-2006, 06:44 PM   #50
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Mini's interior has always been fugly.
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