Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Road test immediately following installation was a mixture of elation and disappointment. Handling definitely much improved, but with substantially increased harshness in ride comfort, and road noise.Followed break-in recommendations, driving carefully for the next 800+ km. Ride comfort improved somewhat. After 1700 km my assessment is performance-wise...  Read More

New Sizes for the Streetable Track & Competition Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R

Were you hoping to find more choices in your size for the track? This December, Pirelli channeled their inner Santa Claus and released many new sizes for the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R. The Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R made a name for itself by being the tire of choice the most track-ready fifth-generation Camaros. A maniacal effort to cut weight coupled with...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

The PSS is a tire well worth the price. I have a modified MINI Cooper S that I took to The Dragon this year, and the tires earned their keep. Super sticky in the corners yet firm enough to prevent any hint of body roll. I was a tad hesitant when purchasing the tires last year because of the price, but they're worth every penny and proved their value on the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I've only had these tires a couple weeks so I can't comment on treadwear or wet/snow performance. But I can say that the difference in ride quality is phenomenal (they replaced run flats). A MINI Cooper suspension is stiff by design; but with run flat tires, on 17 rims, in sport mode…if you hit a nickel lying in the road, you'll spill your coffee. With the...  Read More

Save on 225/45R17 and 205/45R17 Run-Flats for Your E90 BMW and MINI Cooper S

Regardless of how much they're liked or disliked, run-flat tires are here to stay. Are you a BMW or MINI driver who loves his or her car and has decided to stay with run-flats? Then you need to take advantage of the specials currently on the 225/45R17 size for your E90 BMW and 205/45R17 for your MINI Cooper S. The 225/45R17 Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZP is marked...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

From the very first mile driven a dramatic improvement over OEM Summer RFT was noted. The crash of the RFT was was gone and replaced with quiet quickness. The Cooper S suspension feels tight and stiff not harsh. The driver can enjoy the Mini for what it was intended. The RFT provides mobility for 50 mi. but endless inconvenience. With a Conti Comfort Kit and...  Read More

Corners Like a MINI Cooper S and Stings Like a Scorpion: FIAT's 500 Abarth

When it comes to light, fast, compact European hatchbacks, the MINI Cooper S has been the only game in town. With the release of the FIAT 500 Abarth,  MINI finally has some serious competition. The 500 Abarth adds a whopping 59 hp and 72 ft. lbs. of torque compared to the FIAT 500 Sport.That's a lot of power for a 2,564 lb. car and some serious power for...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

This is a follow up to the review I wrote a few days ago. My Cooper S came with Bridgestone RE050A RFT run flats and the ride was awful. I have just put these conventional Continental Extreme contact DWS tires on and the difference is huge. 1) The steering is now lighter when making corners at low speed and roundabouts2) The roar from the tires is much...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Run Flat

When you are limited to RFT Tires, you really don't have much choice. I live in AZ where we see maybe 10 days of rain a year. My P-Zeros RFT's are 'simply without equal' as long as you have 'dry or slightly wet' roads. Naturally the MINI COOPER S is built to handle 'very well'. To that, I have made some 'upgrades' to the 'overall performance' of the car. I...  Read More

New ST Coil-Over Kit for Hardtop Mini

Looking to upgrade more than the wheels on your Mini? Upgrading the suspension will properly lower your vehicle while offering an improved ride, handling and performance. The ST Coil-Over kit for the Hardtop Mini Cooper is a Premium and Performance Street suspension product that provides great performance at a great value. Designed and manufactured...  Read More

Suspension Upgrade 101

When upgrading your car's suspension, it is important to remember that you're going to be the person doing the driving and will have to deal with the ride quality on a daily basis. Whether it is MINI Cooper Suspension, Corvette Suspension, Mustang Suspension or WRX Suspension there is usually a trade-off in ride quality for performance.Personally when I...  Read More

Do you have Hotchkis suspension products on your MINI Cooper?

If not, you should! Many Hotchkis suspension products are made specifically for MINI Cooper suspension systems. The H-Sport Stage 1 TVS system is an ideal upgrade for anyone who drives their MINI Cooper on a regular basis. It features sway bars and lowering springs, both of which improve ride and drive quality. And as an important bonus, it's fairly easy...  Read More

Upgrade your MINI Cooper suspension system.

If you seek better handling on and off the track, then your MINI Cooper will benefit from the Hotchkis Sport Suspension Stage 1 TVS kit. With just two parts—sport springs, an anti-roll bar kit—and detailed instructions, installation is easy for anyone who has ever worked on their brakes or suspension system. (Hotchkis has even provided a few hints and...  Read More