August 15, 2003


Iíve been Texed. In defence of the Cooper, it does produce 125 horsepower, which should be sufficient to keep the estrogen somewhere below breast-development level. In fact, I suspect women will be drawn to the Mini. Probably, given my driving record, they will be policewomen.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 15, 2003 01:28 AM

"it does produce 125 horsepower"

It's amazing what they can do with elastics these days.

Posted by: Bruce Rheinstein at August 15, 2003 at 02:27 AM

"More meth for the gerbils!"

Posted by: mojo at August 15, 2003 at 03:04 AM

The Cooper makes the PT Cruiser seem respectable by comparison. It's even worse than the new Beetle.

Posted by: Roger Bournival at August 15, 2003 at 04:00 AM

Hey, I haven't even driven it yet!

Posted by: tim at August 15, 2003 at 04:37 AM

The Cooper is fun to drive but I'm not sure I'd give it the dignity of the title "car". Perhaps "street-legal go-kart".

Posted by: LabRat at August 15, 2003 at 08:12 AM

Does it come with any bumper stickers? You know, like "Proud parents of a vegan honor student"?

Posted by: charles austin at August 15, 2003 at 08:36 AM

Please say it's supercharged. Please say that you're not snuggly-wuggling with your wittle itty bittle furry teddy bears, biting your pillow, and wondering how many bags of groceries it'll carry.

Please say it ain't so!

Your pal,


Posted by: bob at August 15, 2003 at 08:58 AM

Where, exactly, did you get those power figures Tim? 125hp? Am more realistice figure would be around 80-90, maybe 100 at the most. I'll have to check the web.

Posted by: Jake D at August 15, 2003 at 09:31 AM

Well, well, according to the cooper make 85kw @6000rpm, which according to these guys ->

converts to about 113.98HP/115.56 metric hp [I think this is the same as PS (pferder sterke, i cannot spell in german to save my life)which tranlates from the german as "horse power"]

So more than I gave credit for but less than the 125hp the salesman probably told Tim.

Posted by: Jake D at August 15, 2003 at 10:31 AM

It's like with cheese. I like Gouda, my mate Sil likes Wensleydale.

Mind you, they're all pretty good.

Posted by: F1 at August 15, 2003 at 10:38 AM

I was in Bali in 1975 and a Kingswood hardly made it to Ubud.

Posted by: Prick at August 15, 2003 at 11:07 AM

Don't listen to them, Tim! I drive the old skool Mini ('77 model), and it goes like a rat up a drainpipe... and it's not even a Cooper! From everything I've read I believe the nu skool Mini continues the legend.

It's also timely to remember the Law of Inverse Proportion that applies to men who drive small cars. There's a reason why some of us NEED to drive, say, E-type Jags, and some of us don't.

Posted by: Andrew D. at August 15, 2003 at 11:27 AM

MINI is "the car of the year."

Charles Austin: Get stuff @ the MINI shop!


Martin Lindeskog
Gothenburg, Sweden.

Posted by: Martin Lindeskog at August 15, 2003 at 11:34 AM

Face it. Cooper makes a better beer than a car.

Posted by: Ernie G at August 15, 2003 at 11:53 AM

If you think that Cooper makes better beer than cars there is no way I am getting in a mini. I wouldn't give Coopers beer to my worst enemy.

Posted by: Razor at August 15, 2003 at 12:46 PM

So does Corona.

Posted by: pooh at August 15, 2003 at 12:48 PM


I am also fond of Herrgardsost from your country.

Posted by: F1 at August 15, 2003 at 12:49 PM

Nice pickup, pooh!

Erm... so does Crown.

Posted by: Big Ramifications at August 15, 2003 at 02:26 PM

Piss on Cooper. Piss on Mazda. This is the car I'm looking for.

Also looking for a way to afford it.

Posted by: Ken Summers at August 15, 2003 at 03:09 PM

When are you going to road-test the Daihatsu Terios? It even has a clip on the dash for your handbag strap.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 15, 2003 at 03:45 PM

People, people! Please! The Cooper really isn't that girly at all. Not compared to the Mazda MX-5 which Mr Blair usually drives. Now _that_'s girly!

Posted by: Jorge at August 15, 2003 at 04:38 PM

Per their Canadian website Mini Coopers have 115 hp. Not sure where that puts the estrogen level, but Tim may want to throw a bra in the glove box just in case. Although they do top out at 200 km/h with the stick, so meeting lady cops is still a possibility.

Posted by: Sean E at August 16, 2003 at 02:00 AM

My sister is determined to buy one here in the US.... Maybe I should send her to this site, so she may see the error of her thoughts, which I can't seem to get through to her.

Posted by: Torin at August 16, 2003 at 04:42 AM