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MINI Cooper S caught testing at Nurburgring

While BMW is busy preparing the third generation MINI Cooper range, our spies have caught a prototype of the "S" variant testing on the Nurburgring in Germany.

Evidently, there won't be any radical styling differences when the model is unveiled later this year with the brand generally favoring evolution rather than revolution in their design house. The classic MINI style is unmistakable in these spy photos and we also get a look at the new headlights that feature repositioned indicators.

The centrally mounted twin tailpipes poking out the rear also help to identify this model as the MINI Cooper S. Rumors suggest power for the higher performing variant will come from a new turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol unit that is also employed in the BMW 118i. Output for the MINI version is said to be approximately 180 PS (132 kW / 178 hp).

Expect to see the MINI Cooper range unveiled for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in September.

1st June 2012 UPDATE: Video added

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Comments (11)

 CitySeokane CitySeokane
This is the next generation because it is bigger and lighter, more powerful and less emissions, BMW at its best.
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August 29, 2012 11:56 am
 Jorge_has_A3_TDI Jorge_has_A3_TDI
This begins to look like the Porsches 911s "newer" launches. All the same except for those mirrors that are smaller/bigger/whatever.
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May 24, 2012 2:42 pm
 trspeed600 trspeed600
Seriously... the whole "next generation" thing is out of control with new car manufacturers. Repositioning indicators does not a new car make, and even with the camo, this car looks way too similar to call it next generation.
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May 24, 2012 2:15 pm