Best known for its Jaguar and Land Rover modifications, German tuner Arden has now turned its focus on another British model, the MINI Cooper, with the release of a special edition model named AM1. The Arden prepped MINI produced a limited run of only 40 units signed by Jochen Arden, featuring both mechanical and styling upgrades. Each Arden MINI is unique, each piece a collectors’ item.
On the outside, handmade stainless steel and chrome grille adorn the front and rear-end of Arden’s smallest model to date, while the extremely light 6.9 kilograms Arden Gram-light aluminum wheels in the 8Jx18 inch round off the styling changes. They provide the necessary traction and reduce the vehicle weight by a few kilograms, giving finest driving characteristic and excellent smoothness.
Arden paid more attention to the MINI Cooper’s cabin as the dashboard, seats, steering wheel and doors are enclosed in a two-tone leather scheme, giving a perfect blend of sportiness and luxury. The new Arden 2-Tone Design extends over each interior element. Other touches include custom made foot pedals and specific floor mats.
Underneath the hood, the German Tuner has revised the engine electronics. A new intercooler plus a complete stainless steel exhaust system with racing catalytic converters has been added. The manual work over gives MINI a performance gain of around 40 horsepower and 36.8-lb/ft or 50Nm of torque. The engine upgrades are complemented by Arden suspension that provides a sporty yet comfortable ride, lowers the vehicle’s height by approximately 25mm.
Engine size: 1.598 ccm
Unladen weight: 1.130 kg
Engine power: 215 hp
Maximum speed: 235 km/h
0-100 km/h: 6,6 sec.
Body: Special paint for side skirts, mirrors and fender flares, stainless steel grille set and illuminated door sills
Suspension: Arden Sport Suspension
Exhaust: Arden stainless steel exhaust system
Brakes: Arden high-performance Brake system
Wheel Rims: Ultra light (6.9 kg) 8Jx18 forged aluminum challenge wheels rims
Engine: Performance increase with Air box up to 215hp (series 184hp)
Interior: Arden Exclusive leather / Alcantara interior work, including boot lining and piano lacquer coating, as well as an interior ambient light and an anti-slip Sports pedal set with a footrest
Multimedia: Arden audio system with high-end speakers and amplifier with 4×125 watt power
Fuel consumption for Basic wheel MINI Cooper S
In the city: 9,5
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