Autoweek writer Mark (three MINI articles in one issue) Vaughn had a chance to spend some quality time with a new 2006 Dinan Cooper S. Dinan, long one of the more respected names in the BMW aftermarket, was only too happy to roll-out their ultimate MINI. Here’s an excerpt:
>First, letÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s pop the hood. The Dinan catalog boosted horsepower from 168 stock to 205 with a cowl induction intake, performance cam, throttle body, boost upgrade system, exhaust and software tweaks. The new engine was our favorite improvementÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬”every on-ramp and every exit from a long sweeper was an excuse to stay on the throttle to redline, listening to the exhaust and feeling the power. That 205 hp is a big step above even the 175 hp of the new 2007 Cooper S.
>Our car had the Stage 3 suspension system with Dinan springs, Koni rebound-adjustable shocks and struts, adjustable rear antiroll bar and front camber plates. With all those adjustments, thereÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s room to play around and really get your car out of balance. The suspension kits come set at what Dinan thinks is a good base, and you can screw it up from there if you like. We might have wanted to tune in a little more rebound control, for instance.
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