August 30, 2015
With a new 2016 MINI Cooper S making its way to me I've been thinking a lot about cars lately. The Cooper S has a reputation for being quick and nimble. It boasts a sub-seven second zero-to-sixty time. I was curious how the MINI compared to the other cars I've owned. Some Internet searching and a spreadsheet later and I had my answer.
|Year||Make/Model||Engine (cc)||Weight (lbs)||Horsepower||Torque (ft-lb)||lb/HP|
|1992||Lexus ES 300||2959||3362||185||195||18.17|
|2000||Lexus ES 300||2995||3351||210||220||15.96|
|2001||Audi TT Coupe||1781||3208||180||173||17.82|
|2001||Lexus LS 430||4300||3955||290||320||13.64|
|2016||MINI Cooper S||2000||2785||189||207||14.74|
With the exception of the 2001 Lexus LS 430, the MINI Cooper S has the best power-to-weight ratio of any car I've owned. The 430 had a monster 4.3 liter engine, more than twice the size of the MINI's 2 liter engine, but it's also roughly 1200 pounds heavier. I think the MINI will feel faster, and it'll certainly corner better.
The best power-to-weight ratio vehicle I've ever owned was a 1987 Suzuki Katana 1100F. With a dry weight of 537 pounds and 136 horsepower, it's ratio is 3.95 pounds-per-horsepower. Incredibly fast with instant acceleration at any speed. Not much fun in the winter though, and no room for a cello.