2014 MINI HARDTOP: Check out the evolutionary refinements to the Mini lineup at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Feb.8-17th. On display is the enhanced 2014 Mini Hardtop with revised body which has grown by some 4.5 inches in length. Its interior offers extended spatial comfort on all four seats as well as a luggage compartment volume expanded by 3 cubic feet to a total of 8.7 cubic feet. Hallmark brand design features such as the hexagonal contour of the radiator grille, side scuttles, circular headlights, upright rear light clusters and black periphery around the bottom edge of the body are reinterpreted. The wide track and short overhangs emphasize the vehicle's body as it sits powerfully on top of the wheels. From the side view, the window graphic tapering off to the rear creates a dynamic wedge shape. Unique in the segment: LED headlamps and adaptive light distribution. New engines with Mini TwinPower Turbo Technology include the 134 horsepower 1.5-liter three-cylinder and 2.0L four-cylinder with a peak output of 189hp. The powerplants can be match to new manual and automatic transmissions. Standard six-speed manual transmission differs from the predecessor in its optimized weight and improved shift comfort deriving from the use of carbon friction linings for the synchronizer rings. The available six-speed automatic offers improved efficiency, and shorter shift times can be operated in manual mode using shift paddles at the steering wheel. Acceleration from zero to 60 mph takes just 6.4 seconds, while the top speed is 146 mph. Road speed and engine speed along with other key driving-related information is shown in the newly designed instrument cluster on the steering column. The characteristic central instrument with an optional color display of up to 8.8 inches in size provides feedback on operations performed using the MINI Controller in the center console.
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