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Mini Cooper R50


The first Mini Cooper car that built by BMW Group was launched in 2001. The Cooper is different from MINI One in terms of more powerful, better handling and it has a different grill surround. Some Cooper models had a different type of front and rear bumpers as well as new headlights than the Mini One.

The Mini Cooper model from 2001 – 2004 are known as “R50” or “Pre-Facelift”. R50 pre-facelift can be differentiating by:

  • The bumper is roughly larger and it is installed with textured grille surrounds
  • R50 headlights or headlamps interior and bulb layout is different, but the dimensions are unchanged.
  • The rear lights clusters with reverse light in the bumper.

Mini Cooper model from July 2004 – 2006 are known as the “R50” as well but this time with the “Facelift”. It is almost similar to pre-facelift Cooper but the light has been changed. Facelift Cooper’s bumper has also been changed to a newer design together with a smoother grille with fewer slats which the gap can be seen is a little bit bigger than previous design.

All Mini models have R-series model numbers assigned to all the cars. These R-series numbering are the legacy of the Mini’s original development within Rover Group, it just like the classic designation which known as “Mark“. The designations are known as:

  • R50: “Mk I” Mini One and Cooper (2001-2006)
  • R52: “Mk I” Mini Convertible (2005-2008)
  • R53: “Mk I” Mini Cooper S (2001-2006)
  • R55: “Mk II” Mini Clubman, S and D (2008-present)
  • R56: “Mk II” Mini One, Cooper, S and D (2007-present)
  • R57: “Mk II” Mini Convertible (2009-present)

The design for Mini Cooper R50 is obviously bigger and larger than the classic Mini Cooper, but it has won a thousand of millions’ cars lover heart to drive it. Besides, the Mini Cooper has won 3 out of 10 Most Outrageous Paint Jobs of 2008 as well.

Mini Cooper R50 – General information
Model: Mini Cooper
Year: 2001 – 2006
Category: Minicars
Main features, safety and ecconomy
Engine size:
  • 1598 ccm (97.51 cubic inches) – For 2002, 2004 model
  • 1606 ccm (98.00 cubic inches) – For 2005, 2006 model
Fuel type: Gasoline, unleaded 95 (see also Gasoline Price History)
Fuel city driving: 8.4 litres/100 km (28.00 miles per gallon)
Fuel mixed driving: 6.7 litres/100 km (35.11 miles per gallon)
Fuel highway driving: 6.5 litres/100 km (36.02 miles per gallon)
Seats: 4
Drive: Front wheels
Transmission: Manual, 5-speed
Airbags: 6. Front airbags. Optional side air bags.
Engine and transmission
Engine location: Front, transverse
Displacement: 1606 ccm (98.00 cubic inches)
Engine type: Inline, 4 cylinder
Max power: 116.00 PS (85 kW or 114 HP) at 6000 Rev. per min.
Max torque: 150.00 Nm (15.3 kgf-m or 110.6 ft.lbs) at 4500 Rev. per min.
Compression: 10.6:1
Bore x stroke: 77.0 x 85.8 mm (3.0 x 3.4 inches)
Fuel system: Injection
Valves per cylinder: 4
Fuel control: Overhead cam (OHC)
Gearbox: Manual, 5-speed
Speed and acceleration
Top speed: 200.0 km/h (124.3 mph)
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 9.2 seconds
Power/weight ratio: 0.1031 PS/kg
Exterior and interior
Chassis type: Hatchback
Max no. of doors: 3
Passenger space: 2180 litres (576 gallons)
Cargo space: 150 litres (40 gallons)
Optional cargo space: 670 litres (177 gallons)
Steering, brakes and tires
Steering: Power assisted steering. Optional traction control. Optional Electronic
stabilasation program (ESP).
Turn circle: 12 m (452.8 inches)
Brake details: ABS Antiblocking system (ABS).
Front tire dimensions: 175/65-R15
Rear tire dimensions: 175/65-R15
Front suspension: Independent
Rear suspension: Independent
Dimensions and weight
Weight: 1125 kg (2,480.2 pounds)
Max weight with load: 1480 kg (3,262.8 pounds)
Towing weight: 650 kg (1,433.0 pounds)
Overall length: 3630 mm (142.9 inches)
Overall width: 1690 mm (66.5 inches)
Overall height: 1410 mm (55.5 inches)
Ground clearance: 120 mm (4.7 inches)
Wheelbase: 2470 mm (97.2 inches)
Fuel capacity: 50.0 litres (13.21 gallons)
Other specifications
Country of origin: UK
Aprox price as new USD: 17010
Aprox price as new EUR: 16530

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