Cooper (non S) Modifications specific to the MINI Cooper (R56).

R56 Cooper vs. R50 Cooper

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Old 11-15-2007, 05:29 AM
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Originally Posted by jh2002 View Post
I had a 2003 Cooper S and loved the car dearly. I still like the idea of a supercharger. The new turbo model was nice but then I drove the standard Cooper and was impressed with the feel and sticker price. It has the feel of the old Cooper S in regards to power. If you are going to buy a basic Cooper....buy it with very few options, otherwise go for the Cooper S if you are willing to pay over 25,000USD. I couldn't justify buying a basic Cooper for much over 20,000USD. I wish there was an option in the computer to programme the sport mode to stay on after restart.....otherwise love the car.
I agree. I recently had a loaner 2006 Cooper S and didn't find much difference in power during normal driving compared to my non-S R56 Cooper, especially in sport mode.

jh2002, while a computer option would be best, did you see the automatic sport button mod by Coffeman? I would definitely do it for the throttle response if I didn't have an automatic, because I don't always need the higher shift points especially when just cruising. When I'm paddle shifting, I keep the sport button on.
 
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:34 AM
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I really get a kick out of the R50/R53 styling vs. R56 styling. I just bought my first MINI, and I think these cars are 98% similar in exterior styling. I doubt anyone other than a "MINIphile" can see any difference whatsoever.
 

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Old 11-22-2007, 08:45 AM
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I really get a kick out of the R50/R53 styling vs. R56 styling. I just bought my first MINI, and I think these cars are 98% similar in exterior styling. I doubt anyone other than a "MINIphile" can see any difference whatsoever.
I use to feel the same, but now I can tell a R56 a mile away. It has a much wider mouth (front grill).
 
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:47 PM
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Difference between R56 - R50 - R53????

I am new to the Mini world and was hoping that you could answer a question for me. I ordered a Mini Cooper (non-S). Is it a r56 or an r50? What is the difference? Is the difference between an automatic and manual maybe? I have even seen people talking about the R53. I am a bit lost. Thanks for your help.
 
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Old 07-28-2008, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by mc4suzq View Post
I am a bit lost. Thanks for your help.
No problem...it is legitimately confusing. R50 is the first gen Cooper. R53 is the first gen MCS. R56 is both the second gen Cooper and MCS. Auto and manual is a seperate issue.
 
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