New 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop can be controlled from outer space



As a current MINI Cooper owner, I was excited to receive an email this morning with details about the new 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop. This new model has more power under the bonnet and so much new tech that it’s insane. The new Twin Power turbo engine allows you to go from 0 to 60mph 2.3 seconds faster than the current Cooper Hardtop. My 2013 MINI Cooper S Hardtop isn’t a slouch when it comes to acceleration, so an improvement of more than 2 seconds sounds crazy – but in a good way. It offers 3 driving modes: sport mode, green fuel-efficient mode and a mid-mode that merges sport and green modes into the best of both worlds.

Engine updates are cool, but where the new MINI goes from there is kind of mind blowing. First of all, it has a full color Head Up Display (HUD) that shows speed, navigation and other important info right on your windshield, where your eyes can easily see it without looking away from the road. It also offers parking assistance with automatic parallel parking. You supply the gas and brakes and it uses ultra sonic sensors to guide the car hands-free into the parking spot. Not impressed yet? Ok, how about an LED light ring around the main gauge on the dash that changes color in response to your engine speed, driving mode, audio volume, climate control or interior lighting. Still not wowed? If this optional GPS feature doesn’t get your gadgeteer juices flowing, you must be dead. The 2014 MINI Cooper’s built in GPS can talk to your transmission. It pinpoints your location, analyzes intersections and curves in the road ahead and then relays the data to your MINI’s computer to pre-select gear changes for optimal performance. Whoa. Mind blown. Is my current MINI looking a little boring in comparison? Not at all. I love my MINI. But wow, I can’t wait to test drive the new one!

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10 comments… add one
  • Andrew Baker November 22, 2013, 6:57 pm

    This new car wouldn’t be the reason you are making the gadgeteer a pay website is it? Kidding.

    • Julie Strietelmeier November 22, 2013, 8:03 pm

      @Andrew 😉 All the tech is cool, but It seems a bit much. I like my current MINI just fine 🙂

  • Xfader November 23, 2013, 8:50 am

    The new mini looks better than the old one.

  • Mike Earley November 23, 2013, 10:10 am

    This is really exciting. Makes me want to get one…Unfortunately, I think we’re going to finish the basement instead.

  • Xfader November 23, 2013, 11:31 am

    @Julie Strietelmier
    It does look like a scared goldfish at the front.Looking closely,it might be the Pontiac Aztex’s very distant cousin.Mabye.

  • Alan November 26, 2013, 4:40 pm

    Wow, you can read your emails and update your facebook status from your dashboard. I can see status updates to ‘I have just crashed!’ LOL

  • Rachel December 19, 2013, 9:36 am

    Sounds cool but I wouldn’t want to be tracked from a government satellite. No thank you.

  • Andrew Baker December 19, 2013, 10:01 am

    Too late for that, If you have a cell phone, US money, pager, RFID cards, blah blah blah. We are watching you Rachel ALWAYS. Btw, nice shirt you are wearing today. 😀

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