More good press for MINI’s latest drop-top. Here’s an excerpt:
>As with the Mk1 and Mk2 hatchback, youâ€™ll have to concentrate hard to be able to tell new from old, although if you look closely, youâ€™ll see that the new convertible is larger, plumper, and with higher body sides and gentler curves.
>This combines to make the Mk2 drop-top better looking than the original version it replaces, especially now that the rear rollover protection bars are hidden inside the car â€” only to be activated in an emergency. With those awkwardly high-set rear hoops banished, it no longer has the look of a gigantic pram.
>Thereâ€™s more good news with the hood. When retracted, it doesnâ€™t hang clumsily over the edge, as with the old car, instead settling into a neat concertina at the carâ€™s rear. It retracts in 15 seconds via a button above the driverâ€™s head, can be opened while driving at up to 20mph, and has two settings â€” partially open â€œsunroofâ€ and full convertible mode.
>To drive, the Mk2 feels a good deal sturdier: put a few miles under the wheels of the old car and it would often rattle in a distinctly non-premium fashion that must have made the bosses of BMWâ€™s warranty department shiver. Better still, thereâ€™s precious little wind noise or buffeting with the roof open.
+ Mini Cooper S convertible / London Times