2007 AC Schnitzer Cooper S

Retro but not old-fashioned sassy and practical authentic but no copy: Few cars have mastered the balancing act as well as the new MINI, the latest generation of which is now in the showrooms. In design terms it remains true to its predecessor, but doesn’t stop there technically. In detail no MINI looks like the next, because individuality takes priority amongst its owners.

Anyone wanting to stand out from the crowd of MINI owners, not just in appearance but also in performance, should turn to AC Schnitzer. The present focus of the tuner’s development activities is the new 170 HP turbo engine in the Cooper S, for which AC Schnitzer develops a performance upgrade. And when the driver puts the power down, the sound track plays loud and clear, thanks to the sonorous twin sports silencer with chromed Racing tailpipe.

Full gas to the next corner and through it at full speed! Touring Car legend Manfred Wollgarten set up the AC Schnitzer racing suspension on the North Loop of the Nrburgring – and it runs rings round the already very good standard suspension. You can feel the difference just with the AC Schnitzer suspension spring kit. But back from the track to the city: Out of the reflective glass facades flashes the face of a model athlete. AC Schnitzer achieves this masterpiece with a few tricks. The front bumper has a new front spoiler. Painted in body colour, and with its striking prominent corners, it sets a clear visual highlight. The sassy rear has also been subtly lifted. The rear skirt from AC Schnitzer, painted in contrast to standard, has a diffuser which effectively pulls the MINI down to the tarmac.

Two sporting wheel designs, the brand-new Bicolor wheel Mi2 in 7.5 x18″ and the Mi1 in the classic AC Schnitzer look in 7.5 x 17″, complete the sporting range. And naturally the enthusiastic MINI fan has a wealth of matching accessories for the interior. Such as the attractive controls and sports pedals of aluminium naturally from AC Schnitzer.

In Detail

engine Inline-4
position Front, Transverse
aspiration Turbocharged
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Direct Fuel Injection
displacement 1598 cc / 97.5 in³
power 128.3 kw / 172 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 107.63 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 108.86 bhp per tonne
torque 240 nm / 177.0 ft lbs @ 1600 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
wheel type Bicolor Mi2
front brakes Vented Discs w/ABS
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Solid Discs w/ABS
r brake size mm / in
front wheels F 45.7 x 17.8 cm / 18 x 7.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 19.0 cm / 18 x 7.5 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension MacPherson Struts w/Lower Wishbones
r suspension MacPherson Struts w/Lower Wishbones
curb weight 1580 kg / 3483 lbs
wheelbase 2767 mm / 108.9 in
front track 1453 mm / 57.2 in
rear track 1461 mm / 57.5 in
length 3714 mm / 146.2 in
width 1683 mm / 66.3 in
height 1407 mm / 55.4 in
gear ratios :1
top speed ~225 kph / 139.8 mph
0 – 60 mph ~6.9 seconds