this is a test auto article

There are all kinds of ways to pay compliments to friends who have obviously lost weight, but there’s not much to say to those who have gotten bigger. Usually it’s best to just say nothing, but we don’t wish to be rude. So to our newest long-term tester, a 2014 Mini Cooper S, we say: Hola! Welcome! You’re looking awfully, er, lush these days!

The newly maximized Mini is big for a reason. For its 2014 overhaul, it moved onto BMW’s new UKL global front-drive platform, which soon will underpin a whole family of Mini and BMW vehicles, all of them larger than the Cooper hardtop. So the new Cooper, internally dubbed F56, had to stretch a bit as a compromise for its shared architecture. Park the new next to the outgoing R56 model (or especially next to BMW’s original 2001–2006 R50), and the differences are dramatic. The new Cooper has become anything but mini.

Blasted by the Gigant-o-Ray
The length grows in this generation by 4.5 inches while the width expands by 1.7 inches. That may not sound like much, but in an industry that sweats every millimeter, that’s a double-barrel blast from the Gigant-o-Ray. Your driveway may suddenly seem a lot smaller, but all of this, uh, blossoming is not without its benefits, especially to overall interior spaciousness (although there are still some ergonomic challenges in the cabin).


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This is to be viewed as the second test article for this blog

 

There are all kinds of ways to pay compliments to friends who have obviously lost weight, but there’s not much to say to those who have gotten bigger. Usually it’s best to just say nothing, but we don’t wish to be rude. So to our newest long-term tester, a 2014 Mini Cooper S, we say: Hola! Welcome! You’re looking awfully, er, lush these days!

The newly maximized Mini is big for a reason. For its 2014 overhaul, it moved onto BMW’s new UKL global front-drive platform, which soon will underpin a whole family of Mini and BMW vehicles, all of them larger than the Cooper hardtop. So the new Cooper, internally dubbed F56, had to stretch a bit as a compromise for its shared architecture. Park the new next to the outgoing R56 model (or especially next to BMW’s original 2001–2006 R50), and the differences are dramatic. The new Cooper has become anything but mini.

Blasted by the Gigant-o-Ray
The length grows in this generation by 4.5 inches while the width expands by 1.7 inches. That may not sound like much, but in an industry that sweats every millimeter, that’s a double-barrel blast from the Gigant-o-Ray. Your driveway may suddenly seem a lot smaller, but all of this, uh, blossoming is not without its benefits, especially to overall interior spaciousness (although there are still some ergonomic challenges in the cabin).