Mini reader Test Drive 2018

Günter Schmied
Mini Reader Test Drive 2018
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What did you do on Labor Day? With a motivated, humming 192-hp Mini, you roared down the grippy island streets, shredded prawns, green asparagus, crusty bread with aioli and had great conversation. No? It's your own fault. If you had applied for our Mini and a uto motor und sport readership campaign. And with a little luck would have been chosen to experience two wonderful days on the island. There is no better way to spend bridging days and days of work.

Don't you think so? Then ask Jonas, Vanessa, Petra, Annelie and the five other readers who touched down on the runway in Palma shortly before twelve on Monday and could hardly get the smile off their faces until departure the next day. The first cruise with the Cooper S starts right at the airport.

Either as a hatchback or convertible, gearshift or automatic, but definitely with the brand new model. Fresh from the facelift, which among other things gave it the stylish LED taillights with Union Jack pattern. One even likes to follow suit, as the participants reported later - lots of mini connoisseurs among them.

It's going to be sporty

Like Petra Gaupp, who has a Mini One in the family Has. With manual transmission so that the two children learn to drive properly as new drivers, as she emphasizes. Because of car fatigue - nothing can be felt here when Stephanie Rädel talks about her former Mini. With Akrapovic exhaust. Well, guys, the lady doesn't just have a hard serve in tennis, she doesn't let anything burn behind the wheel either. The Cooper S clearly falls into their prey scheme. But actually it should already be the John Cooper Works.

As you can see, between perch, entrecôte and crème brulée, there is still time for a talk about petrol. The top routes, which led via Sóller, Lluc, Port de Pollença, Alcúdia and Petra to the hotel near Binissalem, are also enough. At the cozy end of the evening in the cozy hotel - fine finca instead of bed bunker - you can review the impressions. There is talk of the great engine sound, not just in the sports program, and of the chirping turbocharger. The convertible crews heard this even more intensely than those in the coupé. Apart from the fresher tanned complexion.

Matrix light and 3-D printing

The impressions of the gearbox were also different. WhileDrivers of the new seven-speed dual clutch transmission appreciated its quick gear changes and the inconspicuous function, the manual switch drivers praised its crisp handling, the direct response of the engine and the double-declutching function when downshifting. Annelie Probst goes into more detail. She likes the head-up display because of the clear presentation and raves about the Harman Kardon sound system. “We turned it up to the max, everything vibrated!” In fact, the bass pumps full and powerful even with the top down. Annelis co-driver Isabel Wilhelm adds: “I'm currently looking for a new car, so the reader test drive fits perfectly. I actually like SUVs because they offer more space. But the driving pleasure with the Mini could change my mind, it shouldn't pull a horse trailer. And the colors, just great! ”

Now is the time to talk about the new LED matrix light. We didn't need that on this sunny day, but the fact that headlights cut other cars or the like out of the beam of light on their own is something new to some. As new as the ability to customize your Mini in a very special way: if you wish, you can get your own plastic nameplate on the front fenders using 3D printing. The door sill trims can also be individualized by laser engraving. But Mini is more than just a look, as the participants unanimously confirm. Great steering and great road holding are just a few of the key words. If the ubiquitous cyclists brake on the first day, a rain shower blows the curvy mountain slopes free on the second day, and the mini-crews show what they can do.

Before the group takes off for home in the afternoon , there is only one question: When does the next reader drive start? Preferably with Mini again.

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