2007 Mini Convertible Sidewalk review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 19 December 2006 , 20:12:12 byEmil

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Mini Convertible Sidewalk

Mini revealed the Convertible Sidewalk, a model that catches the eye from the beginning. It features an exclusive design and unique interior that will make the driving experience a very special one. On the US market it will come in its two most powerful versions: the Cooper Convertible Sidewalk with an engine that is capable of delivering 115 horsepower and 150 Nm of torque and the Cooper C Convertible Sidewalk that will be capable of delivering 168 horsepower and 147 lb. ft of torque. The first one can reach a top speed of 193 km/h and the second one 215 km/h. The power is being sent to the wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed transmission. The Mini Convertible Sidewalk combines a direct handling on the road with a superior agility. The cars will always be prepared for the worst and so you can feel safe and protected all the time.

A Glorious Appearance: World Debut of the MINI Convertible Sidewalk.

Driving pleasure growing from one bend to the next, the thrill of open-air motoring starting with the first rays of sunshine, and the MINI Convertible Sidewalk catching the eye of the thrilled beholder right from the start. Through its exclusive design and unique interior, the top model in the range quite literally makes all aficionados of open-air motoring wax lyrical while enjoying their wildest dreams.

The MINI Convertible Sidewalk is not only thrilling from the outside in its sporting and elegant look, but also comes with an appropriate interior making every drive in this unique car an equally unique experience: Never before has open-air motoring in a MINI been possible in such a sophisticated ambience. Stylish paintwork, specially developed light-alloy wheels, exclusive leather upholstery and a wide range of features - these are the most striking highlights of the MINI Convertible Sidewalk. And to make this thrill even greater, all of these fine ingredients may be combined with three four-cylinder power units ranging in output from 66kW/90 hp through 85 kW/115 hp all the way to 125 kW/170 hp.

In the US market the MINI Convertible Sidewalk comes exclusively in its two most powerful versions, the Cooper Convertible Sidewalk with engine output of 115 hp and the Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk with maximum output of 168 hp.

Regardless of the model the driver ultimately chooses, fresh wind and the feeling of nothing but the sky above are natural highlights in all versions of the car. Within just 15 sections, the soft roof of the MINI Convertible Sidewalk opens completely and fully automatically, closing again just as quickly whenever required. And with the roof open, the steep windscreen and the optimum seating position give the occupants a truly perfect experience of motoring in the open air. So there can be no doubt about it: Driving the MINI Convertible Sidewalk is a fascinating experience on all four seats.

Typical MINI look, exclusive color schemes.

With its waistline rising slightly to the rear and further accentuated by an all-round chrome trim bar beneath the windows, the MINI Convertible Sidewalk boasts a powerful, compact and chic profile. The steep windscreen, frameless side windows, the double rollover bar beneath the rear seats and the space-saving soft roof folding up into compact dimensions without even requiring a tonneau cover round off the sophisticated look and appearance of this eye-catcher from Oxford. The black band extending all around the body forms a distinct and powerful borderline at the bottom, again underlining the sporting look of this athlete crouching down low on the road.

Pepper White Non-Metallic, Sparkling Silver Metallic, British Racing Green Metallic, Astro Black Metallic, and White Silver Metallic are the special paintwork colors available for the MINI Convertible Sidewalk. The caps on the rear-view mirrors are finished in each case in body colour, and a discreet emblem proudly bearing the letter "Sidewalk" designates the exclusive character of this Convertible directly behind the white additional direction indicators on the front side panels. Foglamps are incidentally also standard on the MINI Convertible Sidewalk.

With the roof closed, the rear end of the Convertible makes a truly powerful and agile appearance further enhanced by the short overhangs, the steeply rising side panels, and the black wheel arch covers. And with the roof open, this compact car also leaves a powerful and muscular impression from behind, showing the connoisseur at first sight that this is a real performer.

As a specific design feature typical of the MINI Convertible, the high-rising third LED brake light is integrated in the chrome trim bar running along the window line.

A special feature exclusive to the MINI Convertible Sidewalk is the newly designed light-alloy rims in twin-tone Night Spoke design. Measuring 17 inches in size, these silver and anthracite-coloured wheels come on runflat tyres allowing the driver to continue to the nearest workshop even with a completely flat tyre. For thanks to their failsafe qualities, the runflat tyres allow the driver to cover a distance of up to 150 kilometres or 90 miles at a speed of up to 80 km/h or 50 mph even after suffering a complete flat. And as a further highlight, the Tyre Defect Indicator fitted as standard permanently monitors air pressure in all tyres and warns the driver about any gradual loss of pressure.

Supreme features within the interior.

Once getting into the car, the driver and his passengers first step over an entry trim bar proudly bearing the name "Sidewalk". And admiring the interior surfaces, the seats, the steering wheel and the gearshift lever, both the enthusiast and the casual driver will realise immediately that driving the MINI Convertible Sidewalk is a truly exclusive pleasure, the driver and passengers enjoying utmost comfort on sports seats in piping design and Malt Brown leather upholstery providing a particular highlight in conjunction with the silver-coloured piping and the very special look of the upholstery seams. This extremely sophisticated stylish leather also adorns the armrests on the doors, the gearshift lever knob, and the lower half of the steering wheel rim finished in two colors.

The interior surfaces has a special design and is also exclusive to the new Sidewalk, with exceptional high-gloss materials featured, inter alia, on the dashboard cover, in the door linings, and on the loudspeaker surrounds. A particularly sophisticated highlight is the Chrome Line finish within the interior adding a highly attractive look to the instrument rings, on the surrounds encompassing the hazard warning flasher knob and the light control button, on the handbrake lever cover, and on the surrounds adorning both the cupholders and the gearshift lever.

The Lights Package featured as standard, finally, makes yet another very special contribution to the unique atmosphere within the MINI Convertible Sidewalk, comprising reading lamps, entry lights and indirect illumination on the door handles inside the car.

Wide range of comfort features.

Except from a beautiful design and high-quality materials , MINI Convertible Sidewalk also offers an impressive standard of comfort functions, with air conditioning, an on-board computer, Park Distance Control (PDC) and the MINI Boost radio including a CD player as well as an AUX connection for external entertainment sources all coming as standard. Both the driver's and front passenger's seats are adjustable for height, and the two-piece leather steering wheel comes complete with multi-function buttons controlling both the speed of the car and the audio system. And last but certainly not least, important features such as a heated rear window made of glass, electrically operated rear-view mirrors and window lifts front and rear, power steering, a steering column adjustable for height, as well as central locking with remote control and a comfort opening function all come as standard.

A wide range of optional extras and special equipment serves moreover to meet all of the customer's individual demands and wishes. Inter alia, these features include xenon headlights, a TV navigation system complete with a 16 : 9 colour display, high-quality HiFi audio systems, a heated windscreen, automatic air conditioning, a wind deflector, rain sensor and interior mirror with automatic anti-dazzle control.

Muscular four-cylinder power units for superior agility and performance.

While the new MINI Convertible Sidewalk guarantees exclusivity at all times, the high standard of driving dynamics can be enhanced even further: The new model is available with a choice of three engine variants, all of which are four-cylinder power units displacing 1.6 litres for superiority on the road at all times. The "standard" model is the MINI One Convertible Sidewalk combining 66 kW/90 hp maximum output with peak torque of 140 Newtonmetres or 103 lb-ft. This ensures acceleration to 100 km in 11.8 seconds and gives the new MINI Convertible Sidewalk a top speed of 175 km/h or 109 mph.

Average fuel consumption in the EU composite cycle is 7.0 litres/100 kilometres, equal to 40.3 mpg Imp.

Developing maximum output of 85 kW/115 hp and peak torque of 150 Newton-metres/111 lb-ft, the power unit in the MINI Cooper Convertible Sidewalk gives the car a top speed of 193 km/h or 120 mph and acceleration to 100 km/h in 9.8 seconds. Fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 7.3 litres of premium fuel per 100 kilometers (38.7 mpg Imp). The wonderful feeling of enjoying the wind rushing by while motoring in the open air is of course enhanced to the highest conceivable standard in the MINI Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk with its supercharged four-cylinder intercooled engine offering maximum output of 125 kW/170 hp combined with peak torque of 220 Newton-meters or 147 lb-ft. On the road, this kind of power is sufficient for acceleration to 100 km/h in just 7.4 seconds and ensures a top speed of 215 km/h or 133 mph. But despite all this sporting performance, the MINI Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk makes do with 8.3 liters premium fuel on 100 kilometers (equal to 34.0 mpg Imp) in the EU test cycle.

Automatic transmission with sporting Steptronic function. The MINI One Convertible Sidewalk comes as standard with a five-speed manual gearbox, the two more powerful versions boast a six-speed transmission. Like an option the MINI Cooper Convertible Sidewalk is available with an infinite CVT automatic transmission, while the MINI Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk may be fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission for an even higher standard of performance.

The electronically controlled CVT transmission differs from conventional automatic transmissions in particular through its oil bath multi-disc clutch for conveying the power of the engine instead of the usual torque converter. Both automatic transmission models are equipped with a Steptronic function enabling the driver to intervene manually in the selection of gears and thus providing an even more sporting driving experience. On the CVT transmission, in turn, the infinite transmission ratios in the automatic mode are replaced by six fixed transmission ratios acting as "gears" and allowing the engine to reach higher revs with even more agile driving behaviour.

A steering wheel with Steptronic paddles on the front and back is also available as an option, the buttons on the front serving to shift up, the buttons on the back enabling the river to shift down.

Ideal for agile handling.

The MINI Convertible Sidewalk combines a direct handling on the road with a superior agility. Indeed, nimble performance is ensured from the start by the drive concept, the long wheelbase of the car (2, 467 mm or 97.1), the low centre of gravity and the wide track offering ideal conditions for a perfect combination of both fun and driving safety. In addition, particularly the stiff bodyshell, the kinematic configuration of the multi-arm rear axle, and the direct electrohydraulic power steering help to give the open-air MINI a standard of agility quite comparable to that of a sporting go-kart.

Well prepared should the worst ever come to the worst.

Benefiting from its stiff body structure and efficient restraint systems coming as standard with driver and front passenger airbags as well as two head/thorax side airbags integrated in the seats, the MINI Convertible Sidewalk complies with the world's strictest crash standards and regulations. Torsional stiffness has been optimised by numerous constructional improvements such as an increase in panel thickness on the side-sills as well as the integration of additional bulkhead and reinforcement plates. A particular advantage provided by these reinforcements is that the doorsills will not buckle up and give way in the event of a head-on collision. And additional reinforcements are provided in the upgraded floorpan for yet a further improvement of body stiffness. All together, these improvements help to ensure optimum occupant safety also in a collision from the side. And in the event of a rollover the A-pillars reinforced by a high-strength steel tube inside play a strong role in the literal sense of the word, while at the rear the double rollbar made of high-strength aluminium pipes with integrated headrests likewise serves to maximise passenger safety.

Always remaining safely on course.

Four disc brakes, four-sensor ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC) guarantee superior driving and tracking stability at all times, even when applying the brakes in an extreme situation. This high standard of active safety is then further enhanced by optional Automatic Stability and Traction Control (ASC+T, standard in the MINI Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) also available as an option.

Truly unique: sliding roof function while driving.

Through its clever overall concept, the MINI Convertible Sidewalk combines maximum driving pleasure, superior function and optimum use of the space available. The roof, for example, folds back fully automatically in a particularly fast and practical process in just 15 seconds: At the touch of a button, the roof first opens up at the front in the form of an integrated sliding roof before opening up completely to offer the driver and passengers that unique experience of motoring in the open air. While the folding roof moves smoothly into the rear compartment, the roof columns are automatically retracted and the rear side windows move down into the body. Thanks to its intelligent Z-fold mechanism, the soft roof opens up into a compact position behind the rear seats with the outside of the roof facing upwards and thus dispensing with the need for a tonneau cover.

The sliding section integrated in the soft roof may also be opened while driving to any position up to 40 centimetres or 16 inches at a speed of up to 120 km/h or 75 mph. Again, a function quite unique in the convertible market. Convertible in every respect: a MINI transporter within seconds. With the roof closed, the luggage compartment offers an ample 165 litres or 5.78 cubic feet of storage space. And even with the roof open, luggage compartment capacity is still 120 litres or 4.20 cubic feet. A particularly practical point is that the rear lid may be folded down and held in position by two steel cables complete with spring retractors. This allows the driver and passengers to use the rear lid with its hinges at the outside as a loading panel able to carry up to 80 kilos or 176 lb. And in all, the MINI Convertible Sidewalk is able to carry a remarkable load of no less than 400 kg or 882 lb.

Even when required to take along bulky objects in this agile performer, the driver of a MINI Convertible Sidewalk will not run into problems that easily, since the Easy-Load system offers additional, surprisingly generous loading options: With the roof closed, for example, all you have to do is move two levers in the luggage compartment to fold up the bottom section of the soft roof and fasten it in position. Subsequently opening up the rear lid, you obtain a particularly large and easily accessible opening to the luggage compartment.

On the other hand the rollbar made of high-strength aluminium tubes, is integrated so skilfully into the overall configuration of the car that the driver and passengers still enjoy all their through-loading options in the luggage compartment even with the rear seats tilted down. And in conjunction with the folding and lockable rear-seat backrests, luggage space can be increased to a truly remarkable 605 litres or 21.18 cubic feet.