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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Mini

It was the last stint for the original Mini designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, and despite its age, it was still a fun car and loved by their owners, as long as they were not tall.

When it designed the Mini back in the early '60s, nobody could tell that the tiny car would have such a success. From time to time, the British carmaker, which traded hands several times, included few updates until 1997 when the last series saw the broad of light.

On the outside, it was almost the same MINI as before. It showed the same very short front area with a straight-up fascia that sported a pair of round headlights and a chromed grille. A set of additional fog lights (or two sets) was on the options list, especially for the Cooper S version. From its sides, the enlarged wheel-arches featured plastic molds to cover the wider 13" light-alloy wheels. Despite the new regulations, the carmakers didn't fit plastic bumpers and still relied on the same metallic, chrome-plated ones.

Inside, it was room for four adults, by the '60s standards. But it was less roomy than someone would think. Its low-mounted seats made it possible even for six-footers (1.82 m) occupants to fit inside, at least for short distances. From 1997, the carmaker added steel beams inside the doors to enhance protection. For the same reason, MINI introduced a driver airbag in the steering wheel.

The carmaker installed a 1.3-liter engine with two injection ports that led to 63 hp under the hood. It was paired to a four-speed manual gearbox, which sent the power to the front wheels.

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MINI Hatch 1997 - 2000
  2 gasoline engines
  • Cooper 1.3L 4MT (63 HP)
  • Cooper S 1.3L 4MT (63 HP)

MINI Hatch Cooper 1.3L 4MT (63 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  Cooper 1.3L 4MT (63 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1275 cm3
Power
46 KW @ 5500 RPM
63 HP @ 5500 RPM
62 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
70 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
95 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
88.9 mph (143 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145/70SR12
DIMENSIONS
Length
120.1 in (3051 mm)
Width
55.5 in (1410 mm)
Height
53.1 in (1349 mm)
Front/rear Track
49.2/47.6 in (1,250/1,209 mm)
Wheelbase
80.3 in (2040 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
4.1 cuFT (116 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1477.1 lbs (670 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2535.3 lbs (1150 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
Highway
42.8 mpg US (5.5 L/100Km)
Combined
35.6 mpg US (6.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
158 g/km

MINI Hatch Cooper S 1.3L 4MT (63 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  Cooper S 1.3L 4MT (63 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1275 cm3
Power
46 KW @ 5500 RPM
63 HP @ 5500 RPM
62 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
70 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
95 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
88.9 mph (143 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/50R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
120.1 in (3051 mm)
Width
55.5 in (1410 mm)
Height
53.1 in (1349 mm)
Front/rear Track
49.2/47.6 in (1,250/1,209 mm)
Wheelbase
80.3 in (2040 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
4.1 cuFT (116 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1477.1 lbs (670 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2535.3 lbs (1150 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
Highway
42.8 mpg US (5.5 L/100Km)
Combined
35.6 mpg US (6.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
158 g/km
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