Mini Coupe v Peugeot RCZ v Audi TT
Does the new baseball-capped coupe rekindle the Mini mojo? Sam Philip reports...
Posted: 08 Nov 2011
For its first-ever UK test, we’ve got the most potent Coupe in the range: the top-of-the-pile John Cooper Works version. This is the fastest-accelerating production Mini in history, capable of hitting 62mph in 6.4 seconds, courtesy of its 211bhp, 1.6-litre turbo engine. That’s a near-perfect match for the entry-level TT – which boasts exactly the same power output from its 2.0-litre turbo – and just a nose ahead of the top-power RCZ: the Peugeot’s engine, closely related to that in the Mini, develops 200bhp.
The Mini isn’t quite an on-the-nose rival for the TT and RCZ: while both the Audi and the Peugeot sport a tiny pair of rear chairs, the Mini is, to use the obligatory prefix, a strict two-seater (as opposed to what? A lenient two-seater?).