What Is a Mini Cooper?

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A Mini Cooper is the high-performance version of automobiles produced under the Mini vehicle brand. The Mini was originally an iconic line of small British cars that were produced by the British Motor Company from 1959 until 2000. The Cooper versions were designed in partnership with British racing legend John Cooper. The company was purchased by the German BMW car company. BMW continues to design and manufacture Mini Coopers in several different high-performance models, as of 2015.

Mini Coopers are well known for their small size, but its roomy interior, transverse-mounted engines and agile handling ability are what made it famous. They were highly successful on the road racing and rally circuits in the 1960s and 70s which gave them international appeal and a well-earned reputation for performance.

Mini Coopers are currently available in two-door and four-door hardtop models, four-door and five-seat crossover versions with optional all-wheel drive and two-door convertible, coupe and roadster versions.

The cars come with a wide assortment of available engines with horsepower ranging from 117 to 189 and top speeds reaching 124 to 148 miles per hour.

Buyers interested in a new Mini Cooper have the option of customising the vehicle to suit their taste, including color combinations, engine and transmission choices, safety and handling features and exterior and interior design, details and packages.