What is it?
Outwardly, the Mini Cooper S Convertible doesn’t look all that different following its midlife facelift. Body trim that was once chrome is now piano black and the new rear lights incorporate a Union Flag motif, but otherwise it’s as you were. The more significant changes come within the cabin, beneath the skin and on the equipment list.
The lights front and rear now use LEDs, for instance, while adaptive LED headlights are optional. A touchscreen infotainment interface and wireless mobile phone charging have also been added to the options list. There are new personalisation options, too, including car industry world first 3D-printed components that buyers can customise with their own name or simple images.
The standard-fit gearbox on this Cooper S Convertible remains a six-speed manual, but the two-pedal alternative is now a seven-speed twin-clutch item rather than a conventional auto. The four-cylinder turbo engine has been heavily revised with high-pressure injectors, a new exhaust system and a new turbocharger. Mini says power and torque outputs remain the same as before - 189bhp and 221lb ft - but fuel economy has improved by around seven per cent.
The updated engine is said to be up to 30kg heavier than before, so the only suspension revisions Mini has made are to account for that extra weight.