MINI Convertible Sidewalk
The MINI Convertible Sidewalk, a special edition of the popular MINI Convertible, made its world debut in early January at the North American International Auto Show 2007 in Detroit. With an exclusive interior and exterior design, the sporty but elegant MINI Convertible Sidewalk offers drivers a number of exclusive features.
Stylish paint, specially developed light-alloy wheels and exclusive leather upholstery are the main features of the Sidewalk. It is available in five special colors: Pepper White, Sparkling Silver Metallic, British Racing Green Metallic, Astro Black Metallic and White Silver Metallic. The Sidewalk also has body-color mirrors and a special badge located on the front quarter panels behind the direction indicators.
Exclusive to the MINI Convertible Sidewalk, the newly designed light-alloy 17-inch wheels are finished in a two-tone silver and anthracite Night Spoke design. Malt Brown leather seats have special silver piping, and high-gloss trim pieces accent the instrument rings, handbrake and gearshift lever.
The MINI Convertible Sidewalk is available as either a MINI Cooper, powered by a 115-horsepower 1.6-liter engine; or a MINI Cooper S, powered by a 170-horsepower supercharged intercooled four-cylinder engine. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, an onboard computer, Park Distance Control and the MINI Boost radio with a CD player.
The second-generation of the MINI Cooper made its North American debut at the NAIAS as well. It will go on sale in the U.S. on February 17, 2007. The new MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S are evolutionary on the outside but revolutionary on the inside. Both engines have increased power: a 175-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged engine for the MINI Cooper S, and a 120-horsepower 1.6-liter normally aspirated engine for the MINI Cooper.
New design elements include a hexagonal grille that is a single, self-contained unit, and larger headlights. The overall length of the MINI Cooper is 2.36 inches longer, and the MINI Cooper S is 2.4 inches longer. The interior has been thoroughly redesigned and upgraded, with the highlight being the Center Speedo, which is even larger than the one in the first-generation MINIs.