Blowin’ all 3 doors off
Some cars are so cool that I just have to turn my head when they go by. I bet you’re thinking I mean Ferraris and Masseratis, etc. I have a bit of a distaste for cars that are so out of my price range that I can’t expect ever to own them. Instead I’m drawn to cars that I expect would be attainable in my future (read: under $100K).
I have always had a soft spot for the Mini Cooper. I liked the originals (featured in the original Italian Job) and I like the look of the new BMW-developed model (featured in, get this, the new Italian Job).
I think the new ones are overpriced, however, and not really fitting with the idea of the original. For the most part I have had a hard time justifying the two. But there has been a steady development of modifications to the Mini that I think fill the void left in my mind.
One of the most impressive is this set of mods from BBR. They offer 5 levels of modification to the Mini (the top costing £18,950). Most of them do simple mods to the built-in supercharger and cylinder head of the stock Mini Cooper S. But to get the most horsepower they could out of the engine and chassis they had to pop in a big turbo. They were able to squeeze 307 hp out! That is an incredible amount of power coming from a 1.6 liter engine, and I an only dream of driving it. Now if only they could put an extra 2 doors on it I’d be happy.