The ultimate British tuner Arden, as a sort of hobby, has given the Mini Copper S some visual and mechanical upgrades. They are mostly interested in big luxurious cars such as Jaguar and Range Rover models, but nevertheless they are going to make 40 examples of this car to mark the 40th anniversary of their first attempt to make a racing Mini.
Arden Mini Equipe features new grille and bumper plus some very nice chrome works and stainless steel exhaust pipes. It’s all very classy and British. But interior is even better! Here too you get chrome casings and steel knobs and pedals, but the best thing about it is the two-tone hand-stitched leather trimming all over the cabin which looks absolutely fantastic. So as far as styling matters, Mini Equipe is just exquisite.
Of course the combination of suspension lowering (30mm) and sport alloys (which at 6.9 kg each are the lightest 18 inch wheels ever made!) not only make the car look even better, they improve handling as well.
Arden has also fiddled with the engine. They have tweaked the ECU, installed a new intercooler and also an improved exhaust system with racing catalyst. So the 1.6 liter turbo engine in the Cooper S turns out an additional 40 hp (standard 170hp). The torque is also increased by 50nm. And to make the car stop properly Arden fitted a performance braking package with 6 pistons in each caliper.