The boys at Worldcarfans have some new-ish pictures of a 2007 Cooper S testing mule hitting the Nurburgring. Nothing too shocking is revealed that we haven’t seen previously, just a few good perspectives on several expected changes. You can check it out below:[ MINI Cooper S Spy Photos ] Worldcarfans.com
A couple of random thoughts on the photos:
In the first few pictures we can see a sneak peak of the potential new MCS grille. Over a year a go we mentioned that the Cooper S would be going with a black grille that is more like the current Aero grille. With this latest picture, we seem to be seeing some evidence of that.
Also mentioned in our original “Next Generation Revealed” story from last year was the lower air intake would be taking on a similar shape to the upper grille. In the first few photos you can see this design clearly.
As we mentioned last year (I’m not even going to say which story – but you know!) the C pillar will not be covered in glass but will be an exposed piece of black plastic on the coupe and potentially body colored on the R55.
The headlights are turned to the corners giving the front end of the car more of a curved shape. This will help visually hide the increased front overhang needed to pass new European pedestrian safety laws.
Just wait until you see that side turn signal/vent 🙂
The stock brakes looks slightly larger.
The rear body work is stretched a few millimeters to allow for more room in the boot as we had seen in several previous photos
The side rear windows will not open as some had theorized.
As always if you want more details check out the first story listed below….
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