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Car Tech Video: A First Look at a mini Mini
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Car Tech Video: A First Look at a mini Mini

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At the 2012 Detroit auto show, CNET's Wayne Cunningham gives us a hands-on look at the Mini Cooper S in convertible coupe form and shows how Mini made a small car look even smaller.

I am sitting a Mini Cooper Convertible but there is no back seat. That is because this is the new Mini Roadster which is based on the mini Coupe they showed off last year. Now, just like every other Mini, this have the same Power Train options. This one has a 1.6 (direct injection?) turbo charge engine making 181 horsepower. That's because it's the S Model. There's also a John Cooper Works package which has a bigger turbo making (tune?) an 8 horsepower. This rear spoiler automatically deploys at 50 miles per hour and then retracts at 37 miles per hour which should give us maybe a little more down force when you're driving really fast. Now, the Mini Roadster has the same electronics options as its siblings as well. And that includes app integration such as Facebook, and Twitter and Google Search for navigation. Now, many calls this the Semi-automatic top. It's actually a hand-operated top. So you'd feel that (grasp work to?) close it and open it. This new Mini Roadster is hitting showrooms how. I am Wayne Cunningham reporting from Detroit.