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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CitySeokane CitySeokane
This is the next generation because it is bigger and lighter, more powerful and less emissions, BMW at its best.
Aug 29th, 2012 6:56pm
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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.
May 24th, 2012 9:42pm
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Same thing with Audi
May 24th, 2012 11:44pm
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Shumy Shumy
I didn't get if you are talking ironically or not. 911 is a complete success of this generation thing...
May 25th, 2012 1:06am
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LBento LBento
Thank you Jorge for your first "not stupid" comment since you joined WCF.
May 25th, 2012 2:52am
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adz911 adz911
It's still a kind of stupid comment. It just seems 'not stupid' because it was written by Jorge.......
Jun 1st, 2012 7:22pm
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LBento LBento
Niice one adz911
Jun 2nd, 2012 3:43am
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LBento LBento
If you change the 911 a lot you are probably going to scare the 911 buyers away (not people that like Porsche, the actual buyers), that was one of the main reason why a Porsche cheaper than the Boxter is not yet to come. They can always play around with their SUVs or smaller cars, probably not with the 911
May 25th, 2012 2:58am
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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.
May 24th, 2012 9:15pm
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JanCervenka JanCervenka
I get your point, but 'new generations' are not only about design but mainly about the technology. the new mini is going to be underpinned by new platform and will be bigger.
May 25th, 2012 12:11am
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LBento LBento
I think it will share everything with a BMW "0 Series" that is to come out. This is great in terms of costs. But you end up with a car without personallity (some don't mind). Just look as Skoda/VW/Seat/Audi, anybody that knows cars can tell that they are the same, but for the people that don't know if you market it right you are able to sell and Audi for way more
May 25th, 2012 2:55am
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