Time to get the names right

This is something that has been bothering me for some time. So much so that I actually said something during one of the episodes of White Roof Radio. And quite recently at that. I know there are many of you out there that get confused on what your MINI should be called, and while this is by no means meant to be a difinitive guide, I certainly hope it’s a start.

What to call your MINI

If you have a 2002 – 2006 MINI Cooper **without** a supercharger, it’s called a MINI Cooper (or R50)

If you have a 2002 – 2006 MINI Cooper S, it’s called a MINI Cooper S (or R53)

If you have a convertible version of either of the above listed MINIs, call it a MINI Cooper Convertible or MINI Cooper S Convertible.

If you have a 2007 – current MINI Cooper **without** a turbo charger, it’s called a MINI Cooper (or R56 Cooper).

If you have a 2007 – current MINI Cooper S, it’s called a MINI Cooper S (or R56 S)

If you have a 2007 – MINI Cooper Convertible, it’s called a MINI Cooper Convertible or MINI Cooper S Convertible (or R57)

If you have a 2007 – current MINI Cooper Clubman, it’s called a MINI Cooper Clubman (or R55).

If you have a 2007 – current MINI Cooper Clubman S, it’s called a MINI Cooper Clubman S (or R55 S)

If you have a MINI Cooper (any variant), please stop calling it a ‘base Cooper’ or ‘base MINI’ or (here comes my twitch) ‘justa. None of these are correct and MINI has spent a fair bit of money in advertising to make sure that you know what the car is called.

Also, once more for good measure, if you would be so kind as to spell MINI with all capital letters for the current, BMW produced car and Mini for the Rover produced car of old (also called Classic), I think that would be pretty nifty.

Your time, as always, is greatly appreciated.

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7 Comments

  1. I always capitalise MINI and often get told off for shouting by those not in the know.

    I know you didn’t say I could, but do you mind if I call mine a MINI Cooper S Cabrio ? Old European habits die hard.

    1. Could go either way.

      My biggest gripe here is get folks to stop saying base Cooper or justa Cooper. You MCS boys and girls always get it right!

  2. The problem lies also with listeners, not just with speakers. I know full well to call my car a 2005 MINI Cooper. But I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve then been asked “Is it an S?”

    This from MINI drivers who should know better. Hell, this from MINI DEALERSHIP staff who should know better.

    Come on, people. If it were an S I’d have called it a MINI Cooper S.

  3. Thanks for the list, really don’t know what’s all the hoopla about… Who cares what anybody calls them as long as you have one.

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