Fast Cars: 2013 MINI Cooper S Roadster 0-60 MPH Quick Take Drive & Review

Fast Cars: 2013 MINI Cooper S Roadster 0-60 MPH Quick Take Drive & Review

Awesome fast car review: 2013 MINI Cooper S Roadster 0-60 MPH Quick Take Drive & Review

( ) The 2013 MINI Cooper S Roadster has two doors, two seats, one turbocharger and one roof that lowers to let in all the sunshine that you can handle. It is perhaps the ultimate lifestyle car from the ultimate lifestyle brand. If you are looking for a practical car the 2013 MINI Cooper S Roadster is not your ride. Instead it is a fun weekend toy that will take you on a topless road trip. In this video Nathan takes a topless trip to the town of Nederland, Colorado in the 2013 MINI Cooper S Roadster to see how well it serves as a weekend warrior. In another fun and informative TFLcar review we not only see how well the roadster serves as a weekend ride but how fast it will got from 0-60 at a mile above sea level.

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21 Replies to “Fast Cars: 2013 MINI Cooper S Roadster 0-60 MPH Quick Take Drive & Review”

  1. Well the review was…weak. I just bought a used 2014 as a second car and I love it. I didn't buy the MX5 because, as you say, it's too small. Fine when you're in it, but for a big buy like me with bad knees, the low curb height and small doors on the Mazda (my current commuting car is my second Mazda 3s, and they're fine) knocked it out of the running because it was a pain in the ass to get in and out of. The MINI Roadster is a lot easier to get in and out of. I've driven the Miata several times. Love the look and the ride, just too small. The Roadster is higher and has long doors that swing all the way out. No problem.

    The 0-60 test was a joke. You weren't nearly working that car, and I agree with others that testing it at altitude isn't a fair test.

    The MINI Roadster S is a blast to drive. I drove the JCW, and to me, it wasn't worth the extra 4-6 thousand. Drive a couple and you will be hooked. The used one I bought had 24k miles on it, and I paid $21k for it. The original price was probably about $32k.

    And by the way, the Roadster was discontinued in 2015. Just sayin'.

  2. Nathan,
    Great observation, I personally found the Miata too tight for me. Whereas The Mini cooper is a perfect fit for me. I found the Mini to have the most personality. Great review.

  3. I recommend buying a used mini, don't pay upwards of 30,000 that's a lot of cash, your can get a three year old model with all the bells and whistles for about half the original cost and it will be actually worth the cost. These cars are tons of fun on curves and Bracket racing them is the best thing ever!

  4. Just went for a test drive in a Mini Roadster S, VERY NICE!!! What pulls out infront of us…Maserati Ghibli, ended up going to that dealership too after for some pictures, but love the Roadster S, more room then the Abarth, and I have been dead set on the Abarth for over 8 months already…I'll just wear my Abarth hat, and use the Abarth key chains in the Mini Roadster S

  5. "Sort of a real world test." ??  With an obese driver at the high altitude of ~ 8,230 feet elevation, 8.27 sec/top down, and 8 sec/top up would be expected.

    However real "real world" (per the Mini Cooper web site) you'd actually expect 0-60 in 6.7 seconds/manual, and 0-60 in 6.9 seconds/automatic in the Roadster.  I don't know if they had the top up or down.

  6. I love those MINIs, but yes a JCW would be nice.
    Wait what is up with all the Mustang/Camaro vs. MINI comparos, talk about apples and oranges or should I say apples and watermelons?  To me the MINI is nice daily driver that could have fun on the weekend on a winding desolate country road filled with hairpins, basically a more practical bike to take to the rural canyon roads. You can't do that in a Camstang!

  7. this car is beautiful even with that hideous color, put it in red with black rims, or one of the many exciting vibrant colors mini offers and its even more insane. second WHY ON EARTH would you compare this to a mustang or camaro? yes and the ford escape is that price should i compare it too? this is a car made for DRIVING not going in a straght line. if you dont have a boxter, 911, or a lotus you will not find a better handling car. and a mini cooper is special, fun

  8. I neither like or dislike the Mini, they are just not my cup of tea. I personally don't like the looks of the Mini. I don't think the Mini is the same class of car as the Camaro or Mustang.

    There are a lot of car I have never driven, but if a car looks ugly I don't want it.

  9. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". It's all about personal preference. But again, have you driven one? Mustangs and Camaros (convertibles) are pushing $30K, and my Roadster S was $31K, AND I get a lot better gas mileage. I have had several Camaros (and Trans Ams) and some Mustang convertibles, as far as comfort goes, the Mustang tired me out before my MINI. MINI's are an acquired taste – either you love them, or you justify why you hate them.

  10. There are cars that are more comfortable, quicker, and MUCH better looking than the Mini for $32K. I will at least say the Mini is better looking than the hideous Fiat 500.

  11. That's a heat shield for the turbo. And remember, they wanted it as short as possible, so everything is on top of a side-mount engine. I agree – there is no reason to raise the hood, nothing to see.

  12. You have obviously never been behind the wheel of one. I have the Roadster S and it screams! I can't imagine what a JCW would do!

  13. This car isn't just a "weekend warrior". This is the car I drive everyday to work, then all over the countryside on the weekends. And get 36+ MPG doing it!

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