The 2015 Hardtop 2-Door MINI Cooper base model features a 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine, a fully electronic throttle, dual-cone synchronizers, a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and alert ergonomic driving position. It also has fully electric, engine-speed-sensitive variable power-assisted steering.
The 1.5 liter three-cylinder engine features MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology with turbo charging, direct injection, VALVETRONIC and dual VANOS. The engine rates at 134 maximum horsepower and 162 foot-pounds of torque. The six-speed transmission is available in manual Getrag and automatic formats. The automatic transmission is a $1,250 upgrade option, as of July 2015. The MINI Cooper base model also features a sport mode with accelerator and steering programs.
The 2015 MINI Cooper body and chassis features include a wide bulldog stance with a rigid body and Dynamic Stability Control. The car comes with Dynamic Traction Control with Electronic Differential Lock Control. Performance Control is available for a $250 premium.
The performance suspension system consists of a MacPherson Strut Front Suspension with equal-length driveshafts and a multi-link rear suspension with aluminum alloy longitudinal arms. Dynamic damper control is offered for a $500 upgrade cost.
The brake system features Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, with vented discs in the front and solid discs in the rear. The MINI Cooper comes with alloy wheels and run-flat or all-season tires.