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Mini (R55, R56, R57)
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Mini (R55/R56/R57). 2006–14 (prod. 1,041,412). 3-door saloon, 5-door estate, 2-door convertible. F/F, 1397, 1598 cm³ petrol, 1560, 1995 cm³ diesel (I4 DOHC). Second generation of BMW-developed Mini, with cheeky looks retained but an all-new car. Slightly larger: 60 mm longer than predecessor. R55 denotes Clubman—long-wheelbase estate version, with rear door on right-hand side of car and barn doors at rear; R56 is standard three-door; R57 the convertible. Wonderfully balanced though base models need to be worked hard for performance; John Cooper Works delivers 211 PS and one of the best front-drive cars of the time. Still a fashion item, but BMW knew it was on to a good thing. Larger diesel from 2011. Hatch replaced 2013.

Manufacturing location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Marque: Mini | Predecessor: Mini (R50, R52, R53) | Successors: Mini (F55, F56, F57), Mini Clubman (F54)

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