Spied: 2011 MINI Cooper S without camo
The MINI Cooper S is due for a mid-cycle refresh for 2011, and our spies have managed to capture this turbocharged hatch while testing on the roads of Germany. Although the body is largely unchanged for the current model year, it is clear that the front and rear fascias have been modified, along with various changes to the taillights.
The MINI Cooper S is due for a minor refresh for the 2011 model year, and now we have spy shots ahead of the expected public reveal at the 2010 Paris Auto Show later this year - completely uncovered.
Like the MINI Clubman S recently caught by our spies, Mini has traded the single, large lower mouth on the front fascia for a slightly smaller mouth, flanked on both sides by small, sporty air dams just before the unchanged fog lamps.
Although the MINI Cooper S and Clubman S do not share the same side panels or rear fascia, the hood and headlights appear to remain the same. The side body panels, roof and rear doors appear to be untouched compared to the current model, but the lower rear fascia has been modified. The Clubman S and Cooper S share the same front fascia, but the Cooper S has a distinct centered dual exhaust, where the Clubman has a split rear dual exhaust. This distinction looks to be carried over for the 2011 model year as well.
Like the Clubman S we recently spied, our spies have seen evidence suggesting that MINI has some tweaks to the interior in the works as well.
MINI has given no indication of new powertrains in the works for the Cooper S, so expect the same 172 horsepower, 177 lb-ft of torque 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a twin-scroll turbocharger to be paired with either the Getrag six-speed manual transmission or the six-speed automatic offered in the 2010 model - albeit possibly with a slight power bump from a new ECU tune.