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The 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe packs a lot of performance and handling into a small space, making for a fun and lively drive.
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All told, however, the new Mini Coupe, much like the standard Mini Hardtop, is a lively and forgiving car that’s remarkably fun to drive.
Road & Track

The MINI Coupe is, simply, very fun to drive.
Motor Authority

Fact is, whether its top speed is 148 or 150 mph, or whether it takes 6.4 or 6.5 seconds to reach 62 mph, this is one fast, little car. The more time I spend with its pint-size 1.6-liter engine, the more impressed by it I am.
Inside Line

The company claims that the John Cooper Works Coupe will be the quickest and fastest Mini ever, with the 0-60-mph dash taking just 6.1 seconds and the top speed being 149 mph.

For the first few laps, my expectations were dead on - the Coupe has a nimble chassis, crisp and responsive steering, peppy engine, and mild lift throttle oversteer. Overall, it's a very fun car to drive, and everything you'd expect from a Mini.
Motor Trend

Like the rest of the MINI range, the MINI Coupe is available in Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works trims. These come with a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder, a 181-horsepower turbo 1.6-liter four, and a 208-horsepower turbo 1.6-liter four, respectively.

Each model gets progressively sportier suspension settings and interior and exterior decorations, as well, including progressively larger and more ornate alloy wheels ranging from 15- to 17-inches. Brakes likewise get larger on the higher performance models, while acceleration times get smaller: the John Cooper Works Coupe takes just 6.1 seconds to hit 60 mph, and carries on to a top speed of 149 mph.

Dynamically, the Coupe is perhaps the most engaging MINI, being more ready to rotate and equipped with somewhat more liberal traction and stability control settings. Electric power steering means there are some unnatural aspects to the feel, but for a front-drive car, it's surprisingly communicative. It's tossable, fun, and spirited, even in base form.


The 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe packs a lot of performance and handling into a small space, making for a fun and lively drive.

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