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2007 NAIAS :: Detroit Auto Show :: Reviews + Interviews

BMW MINI Cooper Sidewalk Hits the Streets

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / AMERICAJR.com

The new MINI Cooper Sidewalk is on display at the 2007 NAIAS.

by Sheila Franklin
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DETROIT -- MINI Coopers have become so popular of late that they are now featured in cinematic car chase scenes, where previously only classic Mustangs have been found. Making its debut at the NAIAS 2007 is the Convertible Sidewalk, even more impressive than the MINI’s elite model, the S.

This new MINI comes in a choice of 2 engines here in the U.S. For purposes of simplicity we will stick with the “Standard” here, which features 115hp and a 4-cylinder power unit with an output of 66kW/90hp. It reaches a top speed of 120 mph within 9.8 seconds with a fuel consumption of 38.7 mpg. Although it comes with a standard 5-speed transmission, a 6-speed or automatic is also available.

The Sidewalk is equipped with belted restraint systems and driver/passenger airbags as well as 2 head/thorax side airbags integrated into the seats. In the event of a rollover, tubular steel A-pillars, double high-strength aluminum pipes beneath rear seats, and integrated headrests gives a maximum of passenger safety.

PHOTO BY SHEILA FRANKLIN / AMERICAJR.com

MINI Representative Angela claims that she is also a Sidewalk fan and points out its multitude of features, such as runflat tires which can maintain a speed of 50 mph even after a blowout. A standard tire defect indicator warns the driver of any pressure loss. Also standard is an onboard computer, PDC (Park Distance Control), a Mini Boost radio including a CD player and AUX connection.

PHOTO BY SHEILA FRANKLIN / AMERICAJR.com

Just as impressive is Sidewalk’s array of other standard features: power windows and rear views, air conditioning, heated glass rear window, adjustable steering column, remote locking and a pump-up seat to fit even the smallest of drivers.

The steering wheel boasts cruise-control and audio system buttons. The Sidewalk comes in a choice of 5 colors, Pepper-White, metallic Silver, Racing Green, Astro Black, and White Silver. Malt-Brown leather adorns the upholstery, seating, steering wheel and gear knob. A space-saving soft cover folds back in 15 seconds even when driving up to speeds of 75 mph.

The Sidewalk carries a MSRP starting at $21,850, quite economical when compared to other convertibles in its class. Its unique look will make it a favorite for both male and female sports-minded enthusiasts.

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