In what appears to be an almost unheared of case of new model dieting, we’ve learned from a very reliable source that both the 2007 Cooper and Cooper S will weigh less than the 2006 version they will be replacing. You read that right, the slightly larger next generation MINI will be lighter than both the R50 and R53. We don’t have specifics on exactly where the weight savings will come from but undoubtedly one source will be the aluminum block at the center of the new BMW designed four cylinder engine.

You can read more on our continuing coverage of the next generation MINI below:

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