Is the mini still a mini?

The Mini was a small economy car made by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2000. The original is considered a British icon of the 1960s. Its space-saving front-wheel drive layout, allowing 80 per cent of the area of the car’s floorplan to be used for passengers and luggage. However it was still only 10″ from bumper to bumper. Now i love these little cars, and also like the look of the newer models, but is the mini still a mini?

The hatchback/hardtop Mini was the first model of the new generation Mini, introduced in 2001, and was back then known as simply Mini. It was available in Cooper, Cooper S and One variations at launch. In many European markets, the Mini One was powered by a 1.4 litre version of the Tritec engine but all other petrol powered Minis used the 1.6 litre I4 version.

Here is a video comparing the classic mini and the newer model, ill just let you decide for yourself…

So its heavier, not as nippy and you cant fit it in small parking spaces. Its a different car, but with a similar shape. Thats life though isn’t it? Now we need cars to fit in the kids, the shopping and the family dog, all at the same time. Nipping about in a mini where your head nearly touches the roof isn’t compatible with 21st century living…its still bloody good fun though 🙂

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