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Journeys : August September 2009
Rolling back the years the new MINI is significantly bigger than the original. But all that surgery and Botox to get the body back in shape evokes memories of when Mini was big in the sixties and seventies. Darren Moody squeezes his 6’ 2” frame into the new MINI F ifty years on and Mini has reached middle age – as you’d expect, it has a bit of middle-aged spread happening, because In resurrecting Mini, BMW has not only done the business on the outside, but transplanted their great German engineering into the internals to provide something that the original version didn’t have (I know I am going to cop some flak over this) but dare I say it, reliability. The Cooper S Chilli on test comes with a 1.6L twin-scroll turbo engine producing 128 kW and up to 260 Nm of torque. The BMW engine, given a gong in the International Engine of the “Hearing loss should eated early” – leading preventative health specialist Medical research has proven that early intervention assists the treatment of hearing loss and lets patients enjoy life to the full. FREE Hearing facts newsletter If you or your partner would like a copy of the latest edition of this informative newsletter please call now. 1800 057 220 Hobart - Launceston Devonport - Kingston Beach Visiting Service across Tasmania www.audioclinictas.com.au 22 August / September 09 Year awards, offers plenty in terms of performance and driveability. It’s happy revving all the way to the limiter and never really sounds stressed, which can be common in fourcylinder engines. The slick-shifting, six-speed manual transmission combines nicely with the engine to provide a complete driveline package. Driving in damp conditions there’s plenty of grip on offer. The limited-slip diff works a treat and although torque-steer is evident it doesn’t compromise the handling to any extent. Steering is extremely direct, almost like a go-kart. Pressing the sport button further sharpens steering and accelerator response, but seems a little unnecessary. The ride is also kart-like, with the occupants feeling even the slightest road imperfection. Run-flat tyres only add to the harsh ride. Professional advice about your hearing health Garry McDonald hearing loss head on tackles Vicky’s Aussie mum has We care about your hearing 1800 057 220 Dr. Ross Walker says VICTORY! new lease on life “Why suffer in silence”
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