The 2010 Mini Cooper S Convertible possesses the same basic go-kart-like handling character as the previous open top Mini, but a notch sharper. This is due to the car's revised suspension. The suspension is good at providing cornering balance through all corners while keeping body roll in check. Still, the Mini is outfitted with a rollover bar behind the rear seats that's activated electronically.
Under the hood is Mini's new turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4 that produces 172 horsepower. It boasts a long list of technical features including BMW's variable valve timing, direct fuel injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger. As for styling, it looks virtually identical to the old Mini inside and out, although the car does have different side panels and slightly larger tail lights. The roof is still a soft top that's automatically controlled by a switch on the dash. This is one hot looking convertible.