You wouldn't expect to hit a drag race in a Mini, but with the automobile brand's latest release, you could very well cross the line in first place. For starters, the strength of its 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine belies its compact size. It's the most powerful engine yet to grace a production Mini and it boasts an output of 231 hp and maximum torque of 320 Newton metres. This means it can rev up from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 6.1 seconds, driving it straight into the ranks of top-class sports cars.
Inside, the cockpit sports an interior trim in red and black, a colour scheme that carries from the seat surfaces through to the steering wheel and gear levers. Don't be surprised if you look up to find a panoramic glass roof. It's not what you'll expect to find in a sports model, but it's a breath of fresh air from the usual dark, stuffy cockpit.
Speaking about the brand's latest release, Mr. Peter Medalla, Head of Mini Asia said: "Mini has carried a passion for motor racing in its genes for over 55 years and this is expressed more intensely than ever before in the extreme driving fun offered by the latest generation."